• 2005 UK Coin £2 Gold Proof Gunpowder Plot 20980
  • 2005 UK Coin £2 Gold Proof Gunpowder Plot 20981
  • 2005 UK Coin £2 Gold Proof Gunpowder Plot 20982
  • 2005 UK Coin £2 Gold Proof Gunpowder Plot 20980
  • 2005 UK Coin £2 Gold Proof Gunpowder Plot 20981
  • 2005 UK Coin £2 Gold Proof Gunpowder Plot 20982
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2005 UK Coin £2 Gold Proof Gunpowder Plot

This 2005 400th Anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot £2 gold proof coin was issued by The Royal Mint. This stunning coin comes in a presentation box with the certificate of authenticity.

  • Struck to a proof finish in 22 carat gold, 0.916 fineness
  • Capital Gains Tax exempt
  • British legal tender
  • Limited mintage of 914
  • VAT free Investment Gold


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In 2005, two different commemorative two pound coins were issued by The Royal Mint. This one to mark the the 400th Anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot. and another one to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The planned assassination of King James I was the work of a group of conspirators led by Robert Catesby and including Thomas Winter, Thomas Percy, John Wright, Guy (or Guido) Fawkes and Robert Keyes. The traitors had intended to kill the King by blowing up Parliament during the opening ceremony, however, suspicions were aroused and the plot was discovered when Guy Fawkes was found in the cellars of the House of Lords with the gunpowder.

All the conspirators were then either killed before they stood trial or hung drawn and quartered. Four hundred years later. the Plot is still marked. Each year on the 5th November, also known as Bonfire Night, the skies around the British Isles are a riot of sparkling, jewel colours and the air is thick with smoke from the thousands of bonfires, many of which are still topped with effigies of Guy Fawkes.

The edge inscription bears the famous words - REMEMBER REMEMBER FIFTH OF NOVEMBER.

These coins were also issued as circulation coins and as collectable coins in Brilliant Uncirculated, silver proof and silver proof piedfort finishes.

Struck in 22 carat gold, the coin features a red gold outer band around a yellow gold inner disc. The coin comes in a presentation case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The issue limit was 1,500 of this design, however, only 914 coins of this design were actually issued as individual coins. 

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The obverse bears the fourth definitive UK coin portrait of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank Broadley. His initials IRB are located below the Queen's portrait.

The coin features the inscription ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF


The reverse of this 2005 two pound coin was designed by Peter Forster. Symbols of state are represented in the design by the mace, crosier and sword, allude to the survival under threat of the British establishment. The circular arrangement in which they are shown is also suggestive of a Catherine Wheel, and the surrounding stars are a further reference to fireworks. The dates are rendered in an early seventeenth century style of font. The coins bears the inscription 1605 * 2005 TWO POUNDS.


Denomination: £2
Alloy Inner: 22 Carat Yellow Gold
Alloy Outer: 22 Carat Red Gold
Weight: 15.976g
Diameter: 28.40mm
Actual Gold Weight 0.4708 troy ounce
Reverse Designer Peter Forster
Obverse Designer: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Finish: Gold Proof
Mintage: 914
Mint: The Royal Mint


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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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  • Within the UK and BFPO - Next day fully insured and tracked. Delivery starts from £6. 

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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. 

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