In this post, we look at the £2 coin marking 200 years since the abolition of the slave trade in the United Kingdom. I quite like this reverse design by David Gentleman (who also designed the 2004 Entente Cordial coin). The coin was released into circulation by the Royal Mint in 2008 but still crops up in pocket change fairly regularly.
Quite a common commemorative coin to find in change with 8,445,000 minted I have found a few since it was released in 2008. The background to the design is textured (the presentation pack issues were not textured and also features the initials of the designer) and although it is not that obvious in this scan picture, it does add to the look of the coin.
The edge inscription on this issue reads “Am I not a man and a brother” – a quote from eighteenth century English pottery magnate and abolitionist Josiah Wedgewood (whose grandson Charles Darwin is also remembered on a £2 coin). The obverse features the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of HM Elizabeth II.
Specifications: Bimetallic (Nickel Brass outer ring with Cupro-nickel inner) weighing 12g and measuring 2.5mm by 28.4mm. It may be worth checking these parameters if you are suspicious of a coin’s authenticity as there are known to be forgeries in circulation.