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2009 Robert Burns £2 Coin
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Robert Burns Portrait
Robert Burns was born 25th January 1759 and died 21st July 1796 (aged just 37). He is often associated with Scotland, with many claiming him as the national poet. He is known for writing with a Scottish dialect, but also created poems and songs in standard English, often commentating on politics. Today his work has an influence on Scottish literature, and on 25th January every year his life and work is celebrated.
This £2 coin marks the 250th anniversary of Burns' birth and was the first UK coin to feature a design based only on handwriting. An extract from "Auld Lang Syne" is shown, with key dates and the denomination surrounding it on the outer ring of the coin. This reverse design is by the Royal Mint Engraving Team and is used with Ian Rank-Broadley's obverse design. The edge inscription states "SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT".
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2009 Robert Burns £2 Coin Presentation Folder
Extract from The Royal Mint presentation folder:
One of Scotland's favourite sons, Robert Burns was a passionate poet and lyricist as well as a witty satirist of his religious and political peers. His most famous work is perhaps Auld Lang Syne, a song celebrating friendship and sung every year on New Year’s Eve in the English speaking world. Words taken from Auld Lang Syne as written down by Burns "from an old man's singing", now provides an elegant reverse design for the £2 coin marking the 250th Anniversary of his birth.
|Robert Burns coin specification and useful information
||The Royal Mint Engraving Team
||Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
||SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT
|How many Robert Burns £2 coins were minted?
Minting errors: Is there a Robert Burns £2 coin mint error?
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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 edge of the coin SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT 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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