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2002 XVII Commonwealth Games (Wales) £2 Coin
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Close up of Wales flag on the Commonwealth Games £2 coin
In 2002 the seventeenth (XVII) Commonwealth Games was hosted by the city of Manchester.
72 nations took part, including the 4 nations that make up the United Kingdom.
The Royal Mint commission a new £2 coin design to mark the event and represent each of the home nations. Commonwealth Games Wales £2, England £2, Scotland £2 and Northern Ireland £2.
588,500 of the Welsh flag design were released, making it the second rarest £2 coin in circulation based on mintage figures.
Wales finished 9th in the final 2002 Commonwealth Games medal with 6 gold, 13 silver and 12 bronze medals.
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Minting errors: Is there a Commonwealth Games Wales £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.
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.
Edge inscription upside down
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.