2015 First World War Centenary Royal Navy | The Royal Mint

2015 First World War Centenary Royal Navy

To mark and remember the role and contribution of the Royal Navy in the First World War

Specifications

Issued 2015 
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 FRBS
Reverse Designer David Rowlands
Edge Milled
Edge Inscription THE SURE SHIELD OF BRITAIN
Mintage TBC 

About This Design

In 2015 The Royal Mint’s programme of commemoration marking the centenary of the First World War continued with a United Kingdom £2 coin honouring the Royal Navy. With a detailed design featuring a mighty battleship, this coin captures the strength of a force whose contribution to victory in the First World War deserves to be remembered.

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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