£2 Coin Checker - 2002 XVII Commonwealth Games (Northern Ireland) £2 Coin

Page Author: BH

Close up of Northern Ireland flag on the Commonwealth Games £2 coin
Close up of Northern Ireland flag on the Commonwealth Games £2 coin

In 2002, the Commonwealth Games were hosted by Manchester; key events were held at the newly-built City of Manchester Stadium. 72 nations took part in the 281 events across 17 sports, with Australia becoming the overall winner, England finished second.

There were four variations of the Commonwealth Games £2 coin. All showed a person carrying/running with a banner. To the left of the person is a circle which contains a different flag for each region of the UK – England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales. This design by Matthew Bonaccorsi is highly collectable due to the rarity. The obverse shows the 4th portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley.

Each variation had a mintage of less than 1 million, and over time, many of these will have been withdrawn from circulation, making them some of the rarest two pound coins in circulation and highly sought after.

485,500 of the Northern Ireland flag design were released, making it the rarest £2 coin in circulation, but it can look very similar to the English flag coin, so make sure to check carefully.

Northern Ireland finished 17th in the final 2002 Commonwealth Games medal with 2 gold medals.

Christmas Tree £5 Coin Hunter
£12.50
SPECIAL OFFER: This Christmas £5 coin for just £11.88*
New coins from The Royal Mint at the lowest price.
*Click the button above, check and compare prices, then select the coinhunter.co.uk result near the bottom of the page for your extra 5% discount. Use the code shown to buy from Coin Hunter for just £11.88!
2002 XVII Commonwealth Games (Northern Ireland)
2002 XVII Commonwealth Games (Northern Ireland)

Join the Coin Hunt: This £2 coin can be found in your change, on average you would see one of this coin design in every 2199 two pound coins received as change.

How much is the Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland 2 pound coin worth?
Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland £2 Coin value eBay. Good condition circulated examples of this coin are currenly selling on eBay for between £31.42 and £32.56.

Buy, Sell or Swap on the Coin Hunter Facebook Group - join the group and post an image of the actual 2002 XVII Commonwealth Games (Northern Ireland) £2 Coin you would like to swap or sell, or post to ask for this coin and give details of the price you are willing to pay or coins you are willing to swap.

Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland coin specification and useful information

Alloy Inner: Cupro-nickel
Outer: Nickel-brass
Weight 12.00 g
Diameter 28.4 mm
Reverse Designer Matthew Bonaccorsi
Obverse Designer Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Edge Inscription SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP,MANCHESTER 2002
Year 2002
How many Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland £2 coins were minted? 485,500

Minting errors: Is there a Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland £2 coin mint error?

Sellers of coins from circulation would like to sell coins for as much over face value as possible, so often refer to rare mint error in the description on marketplaces such as eBay. If you are looking to buy this coin, read this first to ensure you do not pay far more than the coin is worth as a collector item.

No mint errors for this coin have been confirmed by The Royal Mint.

Error associated with this coinCoin Image
On the Obverse (heads) side of the coin, there are small raised dots around the edge of the silver coloured section of the coin. On some coins these dots may be offset, so, for example they may appear away from the edge above the Queens head and be very close the the edge or missing from the opposite side (below the Queens neck).

This is common on all two pound coins minted before 2015 and is not considered a minting error.

Click image to view more detail
The inscription on the edge of the coin SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP,MANCHESTER 2002 is upside down when the coin is Obverse (heads) side up.

This is common on all two pound coins and is not a minting error as the inscription is not struck a certain way up. Any two pound coin can have the writing on the edge any way up.

Click image to view more detail
© Coin Hunter 2017 Contact Us | Coin Hunter