Buy the 1997 Technology Bimetallic Silver Proof Two Pound Coin
This is the first year a bimetallic £2 coin was issued by The Royal Mint. This sterling silver coin is a collector's piece that is issued in a presentation box with a certificate.
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 is also the first time that a bi-metallic coin was used for British coins. This is the silver proof coin which comes in a presentation box with a certificate of authentication.
The edge is milled and also carries an incuse inscription: STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS
The edge inscription encapsulates perfectly the essence of the reverse design, and has been taken from a letter written by Isaac Newton to fellow scientist Robert Hooke on 5th. February 1676, where he very modestly claimed that his success had been built on the achievement of others: "If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants". It is possible that Benjamin Franklin said it also, but later!
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The obverse 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. The queen is shown wearing a pearl necklet. In 1998, the portrait changed to the fourth portrait, showing a more mature monarch without the necklet. Please see "The Two Pounds Story" for details of the quite unfounded rumour.
The intricate reverse design comprises four quite different, but complementary, concentric circles radiating outwards from the heart of the coin, and embodies mankind's extraordinary drive, determination and creative genius.
Representing the Iron Age, the inner disc carries the latent feature which, when the coin is tilted, changes the design of the metalwork pattern from a series of four separate whorls into a pattern featuring eight inter-twined whorls.
The first ring, with its arrangement of cogs, gears and wheels, represents the explosion of industrial development which is now referred to as the Industrial Revolution.
Symbolising the computer age, the final cupro-nickel ring is adorned with a pattern derived from a silicon chip, while the outer ring of nickel-brass, with its inter-connecting web of lines, represents the age of the Internet and the information superhighway.
With its continuing outward movement, the design of the 1997 £2 coin skilfully unites both past and present, and alludes to the possibilities the future may hold.
Designed by Bruce Rushin this design has been issued each year since 1997.
|Actual Silver Content||0.475 Troy Ounce|
|Obverse Designer||Raphael Maklouf|
|Reverse Designer||Bruce Rushin|
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