£2 Coin Checker - 2005 Gunpowder Plot £2 Coin

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Guy Fawkes Portrait
Guy Fawkes Portrait

The 1605 Gunpowder Plot was a failed assassination attempt on King James I. Guy Fawkes, with his group of conspirators planned to load the basement of the House of Lords with gunpowder and set it off during the opening of parliament on 5th November 1605.

An anonymous letter was sent to one of the members of the House of Lords, exposing the plot. A search was made of the House of Lords, and Guy Fawkes was caught setting up the gunpowder. Others in the group fled when they heard Fawkes had been caught. Eight of the survivors were caught (including Fawkes) and were sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered.

The King celebrated by having a bonfire, which has evolved into the Bonfire Night which we still celebrate today. In 2005, a £2 coin was issued to celebrate the 400th anniversary of this event.

The reverse design by Peter Forster shows symbols of the state - swords, maces and crosier – arranged in a circle, much like a Catherine Wheel firework. The stars around the edge of the coin also allude to the firework celebrations we have today. The obverse features the 4th portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley. The edge inscription states "REMEMBER REMEMBER FIFTH OF NOVEMBER" the rhyme which arose with bonfire celebrations.

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How much is the Gunpowder Plot 2 pound coin worth?
Gunpowder Plot £2 Coin value eBay. Good condition circulated examples of this coin are currenly selling on eBay for between £2.81 and £2.94.

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Gunpowder Plot coin specification and useful information

Alloy Inner: Cupro-nickel
Outer: Nickel-brass
Weight 12.00 g
Diameter 28.4 mm
Reverse Designer Peter Forster
Obverse Designer Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Edge Inscription REMEMBER REMEMBER FIFTH OF NOVEMBER
Year 2005
How many Gunpowder Plot £2 coins were minted? 5,140,500

Minting errors: Is there a Gunpowder Plot £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.

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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.

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The inscription on the side of the coin seems to have the letter P where a letter R should be. For example PEMEMBER PEMEMBER FIFTH OF NOVEMBEP.

This is not a minting error, the tail of the capital R will often line up with a line on the milled egde of the coin. So it cannot be seen clearly and makes a letter R look like a letter P.

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The inscription on the edge of the coin REMEMBER REMEMBER FIFTH OF NOVEMBER 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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