£2 Coin Checker - 2015 First World War Centenary Royal Navy £2 Coin

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HMS Royal Oak
HMS Royal Oak

This £2 coin is the second in a 5-coin series remembering the First World War and celebrates the efforts of the Royal Navy and their contribution to the war effort.

With a mintage of just 650,000 this claims joint 3rd place in mintage-based rarity tables for circulating £2 coins, so finding one in your change might be harder than many other coins.

The reverse is created by David Rowlands, featuring a design based on HMS Royal Oak, one of five revenge-class battleships built for the Royal Navy during the First World War, and first deployed in 1916. All the coins struck for circulation feature the 5th portrait of the Queen on the obverse, crafted by Jody Clark.

Interestingly, The Royal Mint released 100 coins early in 2015 at the HMS Belfast visitors' centre. These featured the 4th portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley, and were given in change to visitors in the gift shop.

This publicity stunt created a lot of buzz from the media declaring it the "rarest coin" and the 4th portrait coins soon ended up online, changing hands for more than £100. However, all uncirculated sets and packs containing this coin featured the 4th portrait, so it is by no means hard to obtain one – this has led to many being sold online as one of the 100 from HMS Belfast, with no way to authenticate it, so beware!

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2015 First World War Centenary Royal Navy
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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 983 two pound coins received as change.

How much is the First World War Royal Navy 2 pound coin worth?
First World War Royal Navy £2 Coin value eBay. Good condition circulated examples of this coin are currenly selling on eBay for between £3.60 and £3.78.

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First World War Royal Navy Flag Error
Coins on the left show the die error that looks like a flag. Image courtesy of Check Your UK Change.

The standard production coin is on the right and the "error" Pennant mast flag is on the left"

Text extract and image sourced from Check Your UK Change article on HobbyLark.

Here at Coin Hunter we have seen at least 50 of this coin design, the "flag" error was present on just one coin, with 2 others having a small deposit of metal in the same area.

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First World War Royal Navy coin specification and useful information

Alloy Inner: Cupro-nickel
Outer: Nickel-brass
Weight 12.00 g
Diameter 28.4 mm
Reverse Designer David Rowlands
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Edge Inscription THE SURE SHIELD OF BRITAIN
Year 2015
How many First World War Royal Navy £2 coins were minted? 650,000

Minting errors: Is there a First World War Royal Navy £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.

1 mint error confirmed by The Royal Mint.

Error associated with this coinCoin Image
A raised mark that looks like a flag on the mast of the ship.

The Royal Mint have confirmed that this was a minting error due to the condition of the die. Something interesting to look out for on these coins, it is unknown how many of the coins have this "flag error".

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The inscription on the edge of the coin THE SURE SHIELD OF BRITAIN 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.

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