Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the first steam locomotive by Richard Trevithick
||Outer: Nickel-Brass (76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc)
Inner: Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)
||An incuse railway line motif
About This Design
A representation of a steam locomotive engine with the words 'TWO POUNDS' above and inside a cog wheel, the words R.TREVITHICK 1804 INVENTION INDUSTRY PROGRESS 2004 as a circumscription
In 1804 the first steam locomotive, designed by the Cornish engineer Richard Trevithick, made its historic journey in South Wales. His invention led to the development of rail travel and played an important part in the industrial revolution. To mark the 200th anniversary of this great achievement The Royal Mint issued a new two-pound coin in 2004. The reverse design is the work of Royal Mint engraver Robert Lowe and is based on Trevithick’s 1804 Penydarren locomotive.
History Of The £2
The first base metal £2 coin was issued in the United Kingdom in 1986 to commemorate the Thirteenth Commonwealth Games which that year were held in Scotland. Commemorative £2 coins continued to be issued in single colour nickel-brass for special occasions. After a review of the United Kingdom coinage in 1994, it emerged that there was a requirement for a general circulation £2 coin. A consultation process took place with the vending machine industry, members of the public and special interest groups such as the RNIB and Age Concern. The consensus of opinion from the consultation favoured a bi-colour coin because it would be easily distinguishable from the other coins in circulation. The bi-metallic £2 coin was eventually launched on 15 June 1998 and millions were released into circulation.
Invention Industry coin original drawing