2 Pounds (UK, 2005)

 

2 Pounds – 2005, Gunpowder Plot

 

Date of Issue & Mintage

2005 : 5,140,500

REMEMBER REMEMBER FIFTH OF NOVEMBER 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot

An arrangement of crossiers, maces and swords surrounded by stars and the dates 1605 & 2005. Denomination TWO POUNDS below. Designed by Peter Forster

Obverse Designers Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Designer Peter Forster

About This Design 

An arrangement of crossiers, maces and swords surrounded by stars and the dates 1605 & 2005. Denomination TWO POUNDS below.

The plot to assassinate King James I at the opening of Parliament on 5 November 1605, thankfully thwarted due to the anonymous letter sent to Lord Monteagle, is a piece of British history that shall ‘never be forgot’. 400 years later, in 2005, The Royal Mint remembered the Fifth of November with a splendidly-detailed two-pound coin. In the words of the artist Peter Forster its intricate reverse design shows symbols of State, represented by the mace, crosier and sword alluding to the survival under threat of the British establishment. The circular arrangement in which they are shown is also suggestive of a Catherine Wheel and the surrounding stars are a further reference to fireworks. The dates are rendered in an early seventeenth-century style of font.

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