20 Aug 2014
Supporting the centuries-old tradition of giving zodiac coins at the Lunar New Year
Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the world’s first underground railway
On 10 January1863 the world’s first underground railway opened in London. It was an engineering marvel that became a model for capital cities all over the world. Now that magnificent British achievement is being celebrated with two UK £2 coins to mark the 150th anniversary of the London Underground.
The ‘Roundel’ £2 coin is inspired by the 1938 Man Ray poster, and features the world-famous London Underground logo with lettering in the distinctive Johnston typeface used at every Underground station.
The ‘Train’ £2 coin shows a 1967 Victoria line train hurtling out of a tunnel and uses different perspectives and textures to reflect the light and create a sense of movement. Both coins have unusual edge inscriptions related to the London Underground.
The bi-colour London Underground £2 coins have been struck as limited edition 22 carat gold Proof coins in yellow gold with a rose gold outer ring. The silver Proof and double-thickness silver Piedfort Proof coins have their outer ring plated with gold. The Brilliant Uncirculated coins come as a two-coin set while the precious metal Proof versions may be purchased individually or as a two-coin set. All make a superb gift for anyone with a passion for London, as well as enthusiasts of transport and world history, and serious coin collectors.
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