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2 Pounds - Royal Mint Trial

2 Pounds - Royal Mint Trial -  obverse 2 Pounds - Royal Mint Trial -  reverse

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Features

Country * Tokens * (United Kingdom - Mint Tokens)
Type Token
Year 1994
Value 2 Pounds (2)
Metal Bimetallic: Copper-nickel center in Nickel-brass ring
Weight 12 g
Diameter 28.4 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑

Obverse

Third crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem

Lettering:
ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D ·
RDM

Translation: Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God Queen Defender of the Faith

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

A three-masted sailing ship at sea (possibly the Mayflower)

Lettering:
ROYAL MINT TRIAL
1994

Edge

Milled with lettering

Lettering: DECUS ET TUTAMEN ০ ANNO REGNI XLVI ০

Translation:
An ornament and a safeguard
The 46th year of reign

2 Pounds - Royal Mint Trial

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Comments

Issued as part of a presentation pack ...





 Although the ship on the reverse is not named, it is likely to be the Mayflower.
 A first bi-metallic coin ‘trial’. The coins are dated 1994 but were actually released in 1998. The coins were all issued in packs, which also contain examples of the outer and inner blanks and a nickel-brass ring. The obverse used is a modified Obverse 1 – very similar, but the trial obverse actually has a dot · instead of a small cross + after the D and before ELIZABETH. The obverse lettering also appears weaker and slightly thinner than usual.
 
 Two Pound Trial Pack:
In 1994 the Royal Mint entered a brand new era of coinage, as they produced the first ever bi-metal two Pound coin. The purpose of the Trial Two Pound coins was to be struck as Prototypes - in readiness for the planned new Two Pound coin that would be released for the first time in 1997, featuring the 'STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS' which was in honour of our history.
The Trial Two Pound coin featured a ship and the words 'ROYAL MINT TRIAL' and was sent out to the vending industry for the purpose of re-calibrating vending machines, prior to the circulation of the new coin.
 This pack contains the original blanks used, and demonstrates the stages of production, and goes into great details of how these coins were put together, finally showing the complete Trial coin.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
1994  4,575 There were just over 4,500 packs issued

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