Special London Underground coins issued into circulation
24 Jan 2013
From this week, thousands of Londoners, commuters and tourists who travel the London Underground can take home a memento of the iconic ‘Tube’ to remember forever.
In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the world’s first underground railway, The Royal Mint has announced that its two £2 coins to mark the milestone will make their way into circulation at selected Tube stations from this week. Travellers are being urged to keep a close eye on their change just in case they should be one of the lucky few to get their hands on one of the designer coins.
A limited number of the £2 coins will be issued from selected London Underground ticket machines at stations including Kings Cross, Angel, Tooting Broadway, Northfields and Brent Cross. Larger quantities of the coins will be issued into general circulation later this year.
Chief Executive and Deputy Master of The Royal Mint, Adam Lawrence, said: “The London Underground, like The Royal Mint, has become a much-loved national treasure, so it is apt that we are celebrating the 150th anniversary of this great British icon by featuring the London Underground on our £2 coins for 2013.”
There are two different designs of the London Underground coins, each created by internationally acclaimed designers.
The £2 ‘train’ coin, designed by Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby who designed the world-famous London 2012 Olympic Torch, depicts the front of the familiar Tube train emerging from a tunnel and carries an unusual patterned edge inspired by Harry Beck’s iconic Tube map.
The £2 ‘roundel’ coin, created by designer Edwina Ellis, bears the London Underground logo which first appeared on Underground station platforms in 1908 – in 1916 Edward Johnston added the official Underground typeface to the bar. The coin features the edge inscription ‘MIND THE GAP’, a well-loved cautionary phrase that for many years has been synonymous with London tube travel for visitors to the capital.
Mike Brown, Managing Director for London Rail and London Underground, said: “Tube passengers should look out for the coins when they top-up their Oyster cards at machines.
The London Underground has always played a vital role in the economic growth of the capital and the UK and these attractive coins are a celebration of its success over the last 150 years.”
Tell us if you find one!
Tens of thousands of coin collectors flocked to The Royal Mint’s Facebook page to share stories of their London 2012 50p collections last year and The Royal Mint is urging those lucky enough to find a London Underground £2 coin in their change to do the same. If you’re one of the first to find one, let the world know on The Royal Mint’s Facebook page or on Twitter at #Tubecoin.
Collectors can buy the full range of London Underground 2013 150th Anniversary coins from this website.