There are currently 45 United Kingdom £2 coin designs dated 1997 to 2019. 37 of the 45 designs are currently in circulation.
Coins in circulation show a current collector value (guide price), most commemorative £2 coins sell for above face value on auction websites such as eBay.
To find out more about a specific design in the UK Coin Hunt 2 pound coin collection list, click the image or the coin name shown underneath. Find out how much each coin is worth, whether a coin is considered rare and details about mint errors associated with the selected coin.
People often refer to coins as special where they are different to "normal coins" they see everyday in their change. The vast majority of 2 pound coins are struck with the definitive Technology design used since 1997. The only other definitive design is the Britannia £2 coin introduced in 2015. Every other £2 coin is commemorative, a special design released in a single year to mark an event / anniversary or pay tribute to a person. Rare 2 pound coins and those considered valuable (worth more than face value) are most often the commemorative issues with the lowest mintage.
4 new commemorative coin designs are expected to be released in 2019. 3 will be part of the Annual Coin Set, Samuel Pepys, D-day 75th Anniversary and Wedgwood along with the definitive 2019 Britannia and the fourth will be issued as part of the Captain Cook 3 coin set.
If you would like to find out more about the new 50p and £2 coins being produced by The Royal Mint for sets, presentation folders and circulation, see the 2019 coin designs page.
The first bi-metallic £2 coins like the ones seen in your change today were produced in 1997. There was a collection of single-metal commemorative 2 pounds issued from 1986 to 1996, XIII Commonwealth Games Scotland 1986, Tercentenary of the Bill of Rights / Claim of Rights 1989, Tercentenary of the Bank of England 1994, Dove of Peace (50 years since the end of WWII) 1995, Nations United for Peace 1995 and European Football Championship 1996.
The level of demand from businesses for 2 pound coins has been in decline over recent years. The introduction of the more secure 12 sided £1 coin has lowered demand further, with many businesses not requesting any £2 coins as they are happy to give more £1 coins in change. Demand drives production of coins - and with very little demand in 2017 and 2018; no new £2 coins were produced for circulation. This means that the Jane Austen £2 and First World War Aviation £2 will never enter circulation and are only available in Brilliant Uncirculated quality. (base metals)
With a large number of new 2 pound coin designs issued in 2018 and at least 4 more in 2019, it is very likely that many of these coins will never be needed for circulation.