2002 St George Gold Proof Two Pound Coins
In 2002, the two pound coin was only issued as part of a four coin gold proof set, therefore the coin offered for sale will not be supplied with a box or certificate.
Two Pounds History
The first double sovereign (£2 coin), was issued in 1820 for George III, and is considered by some to be be a pattern coin. Under George IV, another gold two pound issue was made in 1823, and this included proof and circulation issues. In 1824, 1825, and 1826, more were issued, but only as proofs, The Coronation of William IV in 1831 saw another gold two pound proof being issued, but only as part of a 14 coin proof set. No gold two pounds were issued in the early part of Queen Victoria's reign, but for her Golden Jubilee in 1887, proof and circulation versions were issued, and this was repeated in 1893 with the introduction of her "Old Head coinage. The Coronation of Edward VII in 1902 saw the last time, and only the fourth time, that a gold two pound coin was issued for circulation; proofs were also issued in complete 13 coin sets. In 1911 and 1937, for the Coronations of George V and George VI, proof gold two pounds were also issued as part of sets.
In 1953, for the Coronation of Elizabeth II, a very small number of gold proof sets, including two pounds, are known to have been produced, but these were never made generally available, and we believe none have ever appeared on the open market. If we ignore this last coin, there are a total of 11 different dates of gold two pounds issued between 1820 and 1979, of which 4 dates were produced in circulation versions and quantities.
From 1980, the Royal Mint began actively producing and marketing coins for collectors, and this has included gold two pounds, as part of three-coin or four-coin gold sets, which are now issued every year.
The obverse (head side) is the fourth major portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.
The shield reverse was last used for Queen Victoria from 1838 to 1887 inclusive. This was Victoria's golden jubilee year, and the design of the sovereigns was changed in that year. In fact for the date 1887. It is perhaps fitting, then, that the Royal Mint appear to have chosen not only to change the sovereign design for our own Queen's golden jubilee, but also to revert back to the shield design. There is no legend (inscription). The date 2002 appears in the exergue.
Two Pounds||28.40||15.98||0.4708||St George & Dragon
Notes on Table
Weight = gross weight in grams.
*AGW = Actual intrinsic gold weight in troy ounces.
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Obverse of Gold Proof Two Pounds
Two Pounds Index
Reverse of 2002 Gold Proof Two Pounds