Have you got THESE £2 coins in your collection?

Since its inception 25 years ago, the familiar bi-metallic £2 coin has become the commemorative canvas for some of the most exciting and collectable coin designs of our time. Sit tight for a quick-fire countdown of my top 5 £2 coins and why you should add them to your collection… if you’re lucky enough to find them.

5. The 2016 Great Fire of London £2 Coin

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Issued to mark the 350th anniversary of the fire, it was later revealed that its mintage figure was mistakenly listed.

With 3.5 million less than originally thought in circulation, it’s in fact one of the rarest £2 coins in circulation.

4. The 2014 First World War (Lord Kitchener) £2 Coin

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Issued to mark the centenary of the outbreak of the First World War, over 5,700,000 of these coins entered circulation, making it an easy design to stumble across.

However, a small number of these coins supposedly entered circulation without the ‘Two Pounds’ denomination anywhere on the coin. In March 2020 one of these so-called ‘error’ coins sold at auction for £500. A hefty return on a £2 coin!

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3. The 2012 London Olympics Handover £2 Coin

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Undoubtedly one of the greatest national events in my lifetime. London hosting the Olympic Games in 2012 will remain etched in my memory forever.

Unsurprisingly, the event has been immortalised on official UK coinage. The London 2012 Handover £2 coin was issued to mark the handing over of the flag to the next host city, Rio. Just 845,000 of these historic £2 coins entered circulation.

2. The 2022 25th Anniversary £2 Coin

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It would be remiss of me not to mention the coin issued to mark this year’s special 25th anniversary. This is a re-issue of the first ever definitive UK £2 coin.

Despite not entering circulation, this could be the last Commemorative UK £2 coin to feature the effigy of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Undoubtedly, this one will hold great importance for collectors for years to come.

1. The 2021 UK H.G. Wells £2 Coin

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As a fan of The War of the Worlds, taking the top spot is last year’s HG Wells £2 coin. This was issued to mark the 75th anniversary of his passing.

But there’s another reason.

Eagle-eyed collectors will call this an ‘error’ coin. Spotting an additional leg on the Martian, famously known to be a tripod but controversially depicted on the coin with a fourth leg!

To celebrate this year’s 25th Anniversary of the £2 coin, you can own the UK 2021 HG Wells £2 Coin for JUST £2 (+p&p) when you trial the Best of British £2 Coin Collection. There’s no obligation to continue collecting – cancel at any time.

Click here to claim your HG Wells £2 Coin for JUST £2

Alternatively, if you’d like to collect the latest UK £2 coins issued by The Royal Mint and receive them as soon as they’re released, you can visit our sister brand Change Checker and sign up to the Official £2 Coin Subscription: www.changechecker.org/subscription

Vote for your 2022 Coin of the Year

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As 2022 draws to a close, it’s the perfect opportunity to look back at some of the most popular UK and British Isles coins from the past 12 months.

But, I need YOUR HELP deciding which coin will be crowned the 2022 Coin of the Year.

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All aboard! The UK Hogwarts Express 50p has entered the station!

Introducing the second coin in the UK Harry Potter 50p series, the Hogwarts Express 50p.

This spellbinding new UK 50p features a design of the iconic Hogwarts Express train, taken directly from the cover of Jim Kay’s 2015 illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosophers stone.

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Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone 2015 Illustrated Edition

Set to sell out

The first 50p in the series, featuring Harry Potter himself, was incredibly popular, with all key limited specifications selling out within just 2 hours of release, not surprising as it was the first ever UK Harry Potter 50p and it featured that special lenticular feature.

This unique feature returns on the Hogwarts Express UK 50p, showing the trademark Harry Potter lightning bolt and the number 25, celebrating 25 years since the publication of the first book.

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Lenticular featuring showing a lightning bolt and ’25’

The FINAL individual collectable 50p featuring Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait

It’s been confirmed that the Hogwarts Express 50p will be the last individual collectable 50p to feature Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait on the obverse. This means that any future UK collectable 50ps issued will bear the new King Charles III effigy.

The FIRST UK 50p series with dual monarchs

Importantly, the Hogwarts Express 50p will be the last Harry Potter 50p to feature Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait. The other coins in the series will feature King Charles III’s portrait, making this the first ever UK 50p series to feature two different obverse monarchs.

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UK Harry Potter 50p Series featuring 2 different obverses

Feel Harry’s excitement at the station

The Silver Proof Hogwarts Express 50p is struck from .925 silver to a pristine proof finish, and uses vivid colour to breathe life into the design. You can almost imagine standing on the platform waiting to board the train, feeling the excitement Harry must have felt.

You can, of course, also own the Hogwarts Express 50p in brilliant uncirculated quality.

And for something extra special, you can secure the most limited specification, gold proof.

The silver proof specification of this brand new 50p is strictly limited to just 15,000, so you’ll have to act fast to get your hands on one.

Browse the Hogwarts Express 50p range and pre-order the others in the series >>

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