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  • 1994 UK Coin £2 Royal Mint Trial Piece 24374
  • 1994 UK Coin £2 Royal Mint Trial Piece 24373
  • 1994 UK Coin £2 Royal Mint Trial Piece 24372
  • 1994 UK Coin £2 Royal Mint Trial Piece 24374
  • 1994 UK Coin £2 Royal Mint Trial Piece 24373
  • 1994 UK Coin £2 Royal Mint Trial Piece 24372
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1994 UK Coin £2 Royal Mint Trial Piece

The new type of £2 coin introduced in 1997 featured an innovative bi-metallic design.

It was the first base metal two pound coin to be intended for circulation in the United Kingdom. It was also the first time that a bi-metallic coin had been used for British coins.

The inner disc is made of cupro-nickel, while the outer ring is made of nickel-brass.


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Production Method

First Stage - Alloying

The first stage in the manufacture of a two-pound coin is the melting and alloying of its constituent metals in electric induction furnaces at temperatures of between 1300° and 1400° Celsius. The bi-colour nature of the new coin means that two different alloys must be processed separately.

Continuous Casting

In either case, once examination by x-ray fluorescence spectrometry has confirmed that the alloy is correct, the molten metal is continuously cast, from a holding furnace, through water-cooled graphite dies. The emerging strip, 210mm wide by 15mm thick, is cut into manageable 10m lengths and its upper and lower surfaces are scalped by up to 0.50mm to remove oxide discolouration.


Two passes through a tandem rolling mill reduce its thickness to 3mm and in so doing, double its length. Because the nickel-brass will now have become work-hardened, the strip must be softened by an annealing process of seven hours duration in a furnace at 600° Celsius. The strip is reduced to the desired thickness for coining by being accurately rolled on a reverse finishing mill. At this point the now extended strip has been accurately reduced to coin thickness.

Punching Out the Blanks

Cupro-nickel and, at this stage, whole nickel-brass coin blanks are punched out of the strip at a rate if up to 5,000 per minute with a force of 100 tonnes. The metal residue from the blanking process, known as scissel, is returned to the furnace.
The blanks are softened in annealing furnaces operating at temperatures of up to 950° Celsius. After cooling they are fed into automatic blank finishing machines, where stains are removed by a solution of sulphuric acid. They are then burnished and finally rinsed in water and dried off.

Edge Rolling & Lettering

The outer blanks of nickel-brass are given raised edges by being rolled under great pressure between the fixed segment and rotating wheel of a rimming machine. It is also at this stage that the coin's edge lettering is applied. Central holes, which take the smaller cupro-nickel blanks, are punched out on a piercing press. The rimmed inner blanks meanwhile receive an edge groove as a key to bonding.

Striking the Coins

A coining press is served by two separate hopper and feed systems for the different blanks. The first system feeds the pierced outer blank into a dial plate segment, which then moves on to the second operation. there the inner blank is dropped into position, loosely located inside its outer. Held by the segment, the coin parts pass on to be brought to rest on top of the lower die, whose upward movement pushes the blanks into a restraining collar. Continued upwards movement of the lower die squeezes the blanks against the upper one with a 100 ton force, so that both impressions are received in a single operation. By the same action the metal, being forced outwards, takes up the pattern of the milled collar, and the union of the two coin parts is made.
The completed bi-colour two-pound coin is ejected from its collar by a downward movement of the upper die.


The obverse (head side) bears the third major portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ralph David Maklouf, FRSA.

It came into use in 1985 and continued until 1997 inclusive, a total of thirteen years.


In the centre, a three-masted sailing ship, similar to that previously used on halfpennies of George VI and Elizabeth II, the outer ring bears the inscription:



Alloy Inner Disc Cupro-nickel
Alloy Outer Ring Nickel-brass
Diameter 28.40 mms
Weight 12.00 grams


Terms & Delivery

Terms of Sale - Key Points

You can find more information on payment and identification requirements.

Bullion coins are provided as is and on occasion may have some minor scratches or edge knocks. These are not regarded as faulty or damaged goods as their precious metal content and value as a bullion coin is not affected. Any coin sold for a value less than a 180% intrinsic is considered a bullion coin.

Gold investment products are VAT free. Silver investment products are inclusive of VAT at the current rate unless otherwise stated.

All investment products are based on the live precious metal price. Prices will be fixed once the item has been added to the basket and recalculates just before checking out. 

If your product is not a graded coin and is considered a bullion item it should be noted that these are bought and sold on low premiums over their precious metal content and not solely for aesthetic purposes, therefore some products may have edge knocks and/or marks. These edge knocks and marks do not alter the specifications of the coins.

Please note that all investment products are exempt from the Consumer Contracts (Information, Cancellation and Additional Charges) Regulations 2013 and therefore customers do not have the right to cancel their order once the order has been accepted. If customers no longer wish to go ahead with their investment purchase, there is an option to sell the products back to Chard (1964) Ltd instead. View our current buy back prices.

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Delivery Information

We aim to dispatch orders within 48 hours of receiving cleared funds. Our standard delivery methods are as follows

Orders over £60 - Fully Insured Delivery.

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Next day fully insured and tracked. Delivery starts from £6. 
  • International - Royal Mail International Signed / Royal Mail International Tracked / Royal Mail International Tracked and Signed For. Items sent via this method will normally arrive between 3-7 working days. Delivery starts from £15.

Orders under £60

  • Within the UK and BFPO - Royal Mail 2nd Class. Your order will normally arrive within 2-3 working days. Delivery starts from £3.50.
  • International - Royal Mail International Standard. Your order will normally arrive between 3-7 working days. Delivery starts from £6.

If you wish to have your order sent by an alternative method (e.g., Saturday Guaranteed) please contact +441253343081 for more information. Please note, we will not dispatch high value orders over a bank holiday weekend.

For international delivery, please check with your local customs office for more information on custom duty and taxes.

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Postal Insurance

We offer fully insured delivery on all special delivery options. We do need to pass on the cost of this insurance as it soon adds up shipping high value gold and silver products. 

  • Orders < £1500 there is no additional fee
  • Orders > £1500 we charge a fee in order to cover the increasing costs of insurance. For every £1500 we apply a £1 fee. 

If you require any assistance please do not hesitate to call the showroom on +441253343081 and one of our team can discuss your purchase.