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In 1999, the Rugby World Cup was hosted by Wales, with the opening game and final held at the recently completed Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. Australia went on to win the event with a score of 35-12 against France.
This was the first commemorative circulating £2 and coin shows a stadium, with a rugby ball and goalposts superimposed on the foreground. Around the outside are more goalposts. The edge inscription simply states the event the coin is celebrating – RUGBY WORLD CUP 1999. The reverse design is by Ron Dutton and the obverse features the 4th portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley.
With almost 5 million of these coins minted, they shouldn't be too hard to find in circulation, but thanks to the age, it may be harder now to find one in good condition, something most collectors will be concerned about.
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No mint errors for this coin have been confirmed by The Royal Mint.