2005 Two Pounds Coin - Guy Fawkes & Gunpowder Plot
The two pound coin for 2005 commemorates the four hundredth anniversary of Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot.
Brief Historical Notes
The planned assassination of James I was the work of a group of conspirators led by Robert Catesby and including Thomas Winter, Thomas Percy, John Wright, Guy (or Guido) Fawkes and Robert Keyes.
The traitors intended to kill the King by blowing up Parliament during the opening ceremony, but suspicions were aroused and the plot was discovered when Guy Fawkes was found in the cellars of the House of Lords with the gunpowder.
All the conspirators were then either killed before they stood trial or hung drawn and quartered. It makes one wonder what delights they would have faced if they had been found guilty!
Four hundred years later. the Plot is still commemorated. On fifth November, Bonfire Night, the skies around the British Isles are a riot of sparkling, jewel colours and the air is thick with smoke from the thousands of bonfires, many of which are still topped with effigies of Guy Fawkes.
In addition to the gold proof version offered here, the Guy Fawkes £2 is being produced the following different versions, further details of which are shown on our other web site.
- Ordinary circulation version, which should be available from banks and post offices during the year.
- Specimen version, issued in Royal Mint folder. This has a superior finish compared with the ordinary coins, so will be preferred by most collectors. the folders are also very attractive and informative, and made interesting and unusual gifts.
- Silver Proof version, with the outer part gold plated.
- Piedfort proof version, similar but made double weight, with a lower mintage.
Gold Proof Version
The gold proof version has been produced in 22 carat red gold, with the centre "gold sprayed" according to the Royal Mint, before striking. The issue limit is a maximum of 1,500 pieces.
The Fourth Portrait
The fourth of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank Broadley, FRBS, FSNAD, whose initials IRB appear under the head, as used on all British coins from 1998.
Symbols of state, represented in this design by the mace, crosier and sword, allude 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. The reverse was designed by Peter Forster.
1605 * 2005
Inscription: REMEMBER REMEMBER THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER
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Reverse of 2005 Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot £2 Gold Proof
Obverse of 2005 Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot £2 Gold Proof
2005 Guy Fawkes Gunpowder Plot £2 Gold Proof in Box
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