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Each variation had a mintage of less than 1 million, and over time, many of these will have been withdrawn from circulation, making them some of the rarest two pound coins in circulation and highly sought after.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