2 Pounds - Elizabeth II 4th portrait; 1 oz Fine Silver (.999)

Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Years 2013-2015
Value 2 Pounds (2)
Currency Fine Silver, Britannia series (1997-date)
Composition Silver (.999) (plain fields)
Weight 31.21 g
Diameter 38.61 mm
Thickness 3 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 59887
Numista (https://numista.com)
References KM# 1267,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Sp# BF2B - BF2E
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 1 more volumes.

Series: Silver Britannia

Obverse

Fourth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara, legend around.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH'II'D'G REG'FID'DEF
IRB
'2'POUNDS'

Translation: Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God Queen Defender of the Faith (Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensatrix)

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

Standing figure of Britannia holding trident in right hand and shield bearing the Union flag in left, legend around, engraver's name in exergue.

Note: varieties exist (see below)

Lettering:
'BRITANNIA'2013' 'ONE' 'OUNCE'FINE'SILVER'
NATHAN

Engraver: Philip Nathan

Philip Nathan (1941) is a sculptor and coin designer. He trained at Guildford School of Art, 1957-62, where he specialized in carving and terracotta modelling, then at the Royal Academy Schools, where he won the silver medal for sculpture. Worked for the Royal Mint as engraver and designer, between 1965 and 1968. Between 1968 and 1973 he worked at the Franklin Mint.

Edge

Reeded

Note: edge varieties exist (see below)

Comments

Since its inception in 1997, the £2 Silver Britannia was struck in one Troy ounce of silver with a fineness of .958 and a diameter of 40mm. This changed in 2013, when the fineness was changed to .999 and the diameter reduced to 38.61 mm.

Introduced in 2013, privy marks have been added to the plain edge of the coins to commemorate the Chinese Lunar Year as below:
Sp#BF2D (2013) Snake privy mark:

Sp#BF2E (2014) Horse privy mark:


In 2014, a mule error was produced when around 17,000 1oz Britannia bullion planchets were struck using the obverse die intended for the 2014 Lunar Year of the Horse issue paired with the standard Britannia reverse die. This resulted in the obverse portrait appearing with a plain rim instead of the normal dentils of a Britannia (see separate link below).

In 2015, a new bullion issue was introduced with a textured effect to both the obverse and reverse to help differentiate with what would become the Brilliant Uncirculated release which has a plain field on both the obverse and reverse as per the 2013 & 2014 Issues.

Reverse varieties exist:
Sp#BF2B (2013) reverse legend 'ONE OUNCE FINE SILVER' (image above);
Sp#BF2C (2014-2015) updated reverse legend '1 oz 999 FINE SILVER';


2013 BU issue limit: 10,000
2014 BU issue limit: 10,000
2015 BU issue limit: 10,000

See also

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2013  2 387 26.78 39% Sp#BF2B; BU
2013  35.16 6% Sp#BF2D; snake privy mark
2014  1 493 28.41 30% Sp#BF2C; BU
2014  25.70 18% Sp#BF2E; horse privy mark
2015  2 870 21.24 25.94 47% Sp#BF2C; BU

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