2010 Florence Nightingale £2 | The Royal Mint

2010 Florence Nightingale £2

Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Death of Florence Nightingale

Specifications

Issued 2010 
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 Gordon Summers
Edge Milled
Edge Inscription  150 YEARS OF NURSING
Mintage  6,175,000* 

About This Design

The 2010 £2 coin, designed by The Royal Mint’s Chief Engraver, Gordon Summers, marked both the centenary of the death of Florence Nightingale and the 150th anniversary of the publication of her Notes on Nursing, celebrated in 2009.

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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