20 Feb 2014
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Few books have had such an impact on the world as the King James Bible. First published in 1611, its influence on the English language is still evident today and it remains one of the best loved Bible translations.
The very spirit of the King James Bible is brilliantly captured on the £2 coin celebrating its 400th anniversary. Cleverly reminding us that printing concerns were at the heart of the matter in 1611, the commemorative reverse design displays the first words from the book of John – In the beginning was the Word – in the reversed raised text of the printing block on the left and the recessed text of the printed word on the right. The words chosen for the edge inscription – THE AUTHORISED VERSION – are entirely appropriate and complete the story.
The gold Proof £2 coin certainly does the design justice. Its superb Proof quality ensures the script, faithful to the original print of 1611, stands out in perfect relief while the red and yellow gold combine to give the coin a magnificent lustre. Only 1,000 coins have been authorised.
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