2016 Shakespeare Comedies £2 | The Royal Mint

2016 Shakespeare Comedies £2

Marking the 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare

Specifications

Issued 2016
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 Designers Jody Clark
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl
Edge Milled
Edge Inscription ALL THE WORLDS A STAGE
Mintage TBC 

About This Design

400 years since his death, William Shakespeare remains one of the greatest British writers of all time. His influential works take their rightful place at the heart of our school curriculum and each new generation is gifted his legacy; ready to be inspired and entertained. In 2016 The Royal Mint released three £2 coins marking the 400th anniversary of his death, designed by long-time Royal Mint collaborator John Bergdahl. The coins celebrate Shakespeare’s most famous works and this design skilfully weaves love around tragedy, with the skull and rose design capturing that sense of doomed romance.

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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