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2003 Discovery of DNA £2 Coin

This page contains information about the coin struck to mark the 50th Anniversary of the discovery of DNA.You can use the coin quick links below to find key information fast.

2003 Discovery of DNA £2
2003 Discovery of DNA £2

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How much is the DNA 2 pound coin worth?
ebayDNA £2 Coin value eBay. Good condition circulated examples of this coin are currenly selling on eBay for between £2.94 and £2.99.

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The Double Helix book
The Double Helix book by James D. Watson

In 1953, James D. Watson and Francis H.C. Crick announced to the world that they had discovered the structure of DNA – the double-helix. DNA contains a person's genes and the configuration determines their genetic makeup. The double-helix structure allows a strand of DNA to replicate, splitting down the middle and then forming a whole strand again – a key process in all living things.

The reverse design by John Mills shows a representation of a strand of DNA, with the double-helix structure, containing pairs of the DNA bases (the components it is formed from - A, T, G, and C). The edge inscription states the full name of DNA – "DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID", and the obverse features the 4th portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley.

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Alloy (Inner)
Alloy (Outer)
Reverse Designer
John Mills
Obverse Designer
Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Mintage Figure

Minting errors: Is there a DNA £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.

£2 Coin Error: Misaligned dots Misaligned dots
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.

£2 Coin Error: Edge inscription upside down Edge inscription upside down
The inscription on the edge of the coin DEOXYRIBONUCLEIC ACID 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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