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2016 Shakespeare Histories £2 Coin

This page contains information about the coin struck to mark the 400th Anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare and depicts an image to represent his plays (Histories). You can use the coin quick links below to find key information fast.

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Join the Coin Hunt: This £2 coin can be found in your change, on average you would see one of this coin design in every 104 two pound coins received as change.

How much is the Shakespeare Histories 2 pound coin worth?
Shakespeare Histories £2 Coin value eBay. Good condition circulated examples of this coin are currenly selling on eBay for between £2.92 and £3.13.

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The Shakespeare Three-Coin Set
The Shakespeare 2016 UK £2 Three-Coin BU Set

The William Shakespeare £2 coins were issued in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

The set of 3 coins include Histories, Comedies and Tragedies as a reference to the genre of plays written by Shakespeare.

The Shakespeare Histories £2 coin carries the edge inscription THE HOLLOW CROWN and shows a crown and dagger design.

It is the second rarest of the 3 coins with a mintage of 4,615,000 – check your change for the circulation coin as the Brilliant uncirculated version is no longer available from The Royal Mint.

At the time of writing, The Shakespeare Histories 2016 UK £2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin can still be purchased for £110 based on a limited edition presentation of 2500.

The Westminster Collection have each of the Shakespeare £2 coins available to buy in Brilliant Uncirculated and circulated condition as well as the full set as a trio of individually packaged BU coins for £25 plus £2.99 postage.



Shakespeare Histories coin specification and useful information
Alloy Inner: Cupro-nickel
Outer: Nickel-brass
Weight 12.00 g
Diameter 28.4 mm
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Edge Inscription The Hollow Crown
Year 2016
How many Shakespeare Histories £2 coins were minted? 4,615,000

Minting errors: Is there a Shakespeare Histories £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.

Error associated with this coinCoin Image
The inscription on the edge of the coin The Hollow Crown 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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