2 Pounds – 2015, History of technological Achievement
|Date of Issue & Mintage
1997 – 2012 – 15,860,250
|STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS||History of Technological Achievement
Design in four concentric circles depicts mankind’s industrial and technological progress from the Iron Age to the Internet designed by Bruce Rushin
|Obverse Designers||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
1985- 1997 Raphael Maklouf
1998 to date Ian Rank-Broadley
|Reverse Designer||Bruce Rushin|
About the Design
1997 saw the introduction of a £2 coin into general circulation. Using state-of-the-art technology, the coin comprises two separate components of differing alloys and features a special security device at its centre. Representing the advances made in the industrial and technological fields, the design spirals outward from the Iron Age core, to the Industrial era, to the age of the computer and finally ends with the outer ring symbolising the Internet. Design by Bruce Rushin, the reverse’s central area contains a latent feature which, when tilted, transforms the image of four separate scrolls into an image of eight intertwined scrolls. The edge inscription STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS was taken from a letter written by Isaac Newton, acknowledging how much he owed to the work of others.
When the £2 coin was struck in 1997, it established a number of important milestones in British numismatic history. It was the first base metal £2 coin intended for general circulation, the first bi-colour coin of the United Kingdom made of two different alloys, and the first British coin to incorporate a latent feature as a security device.