2007 Abolition of the Slave Trade £2 | The Royal Mint

2007 Abolition of the Slave Trade £2

Marking the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade in the British Empire

Specifications

Issued 2007
Diameter 28.4mm
Weight 12.0g
Thickness 2.5mm
Composition

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

Obverse Designer Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Designer David Gentleman
Edge Milled
Edge Inscription  AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER
Mintage  8,445,000* 

About This Design

Two commemorative £2 coins were issued by The Royal Mint in 2007, one celebrating the 300th anniversary of the Act of Union between Scotland and England, and the other commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the slave trade. David Gentleman’s simple yet powerful design depicting a broken link in the 'chains of oppression', which doubles as the zero in the anniversary date, 1807, features on this 'abolition of the slave trade' £2 coin. The broken chain link is surrounded by the inscription ‘An Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade’ and the date ‘2007’.

History of the £2 Coin

The first base metal £2 coin was issued in the United Kingdom in 1986 to commemorate the Thirteenth Commonwealth Games which was 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’s coinage in 1994, it emerged that there was a requirement for a circulating £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 bicolour coin because it would be easily distinguishable from the other coins in circulation. The bimetallic £2 coin was launched on 15 June 1998 and millions were released into circulation.

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