Two Pound Coin Designs and Specifications | The Royal Mint

2012 Charles Dickens £2

Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens

1983 £1

Issued 2012 
Diameter 28.4mm
Weight 12.0g
Thickness 2.5 mm

Outer:  Nickel-Brass (76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc)
Inner:  Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)

Obverse Designers Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Designer Matthew Dent
Edge Milled
Mintage 8,190,000*

About This Design

In 2012 we were proud to mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens, one of our finest writers, with a unique £2 coin that incorporates the titles of Dickens’ great works on its highly inventive reverse.

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.