20 Oct 2014
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On 10 January1863 the London Underground opened, an engineering triumph and a world first.
Reflecting the importance of the150th anniversary not one but two new £2 coins have been developed with Transport for London and the London Transport Museum. The ‘Roundel’ coin depicts the world-famous London Underground logo, while the ‘Train’ coin shows a Victoria line train. Struck in 22 carat yellow gold with a rose gold outer edge, they are presented in a smart display case with a full-colour booklet.
The 150th anniversary coins were designed by three of the UK’s leading artists.
Edwina Ellis, creator of the ‘Roundel’ coin, is a pioneering printmaker and former ‘Art on the Underground’ artist. Her design is inspired by the 1938 poster by Man Ray which features the famous logo floating in space. The coin has lettering in the Johnston font used in Underground stations and an edge inscription that reads MIND THE GAP.
The ‘Train’ coin was designed by the internationally-acclaimed duo Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby, best known for the design of the London 2012 Olympic Torch. Their coin shows a 1967 Victoria line Tube train hurtling from a tunnel, and uses texture and perspectives to reflect the light and create a sense of movement. It also carries an unusual edge pattern inspired by Harry Beck’s iconic iconic Tube map
It is very unusual for two circulating coins to celebrate a single theme. Also available in limited edition Gold Proof, Silver Proof and Silver Piedfort Proof sets and individual coins as well as the Brilliant Uncirculated two-coin set, they are sure to delight coin collectors, Londoners and transport enthusiasts alike.
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