Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible
Outer: Nickel-Brass (76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc)
Inner: Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)
||Paul Stafford & Benjamin Right
||THE AUTHORISED VERSION
About This Design
Commemorating a beloved cornerstone of our culture and language four centuries since its first publication; the King James Bible.
Still praised by scholars for its majestic style and poetic rhythms, the 400th anniversary of the King James bible is celebrated on this 2011 £2 coin.
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.
King James Bible Coin original drawing