MORE £2 COINS FROM ROYAL MINT
The Royal Mint recently issued two collectable £2 coins, honouring the life and legacy of national treasure Dame Vera Lynn, and celebrating the 150th anniversary of the FA Cup, English football’s historic club tournament.
The reverse design of the Dame Vera Lynn £2 coin features a detailed portrait of Dame Vera as she appeared during the height of her fame, accompanied by her name and the dates denoting the years of her life. In reference to what was arguably her most famous release, the coin features an edge inscription that reads ‘WE’LL MEET AGAIN’.
The coin, designed by The Royal Mint’s in-house designers, was originally unveiled in the 2022 Annual Sets, a five-coin collection celebrating milestone events and anniversaries of the year on official UK coin. A £2 coin honouring Alexander Graham Bell was also revealed in the annual set and will be released in its own right later this year.
Issued in partnership with The Football Association (The FA) during their landmark anniversary season, the FA Cup £2 coin features the FA Cup trophy at the heart of the design. A special silver version of the new coin, with a certificate of authenticity with the number 1, will be used for the coin toss at the FA Cup Final at Wembley on 14 May – the showpiece event of the most historic domestic football cup competition in the world.
The design is etched with celebratory ribbon alongside the words ‘celebrating 150 years of The FA Cup’, and on the milled edge of the coin is the inscription ‘football’s greatest cup competition’.
It should be noted that both the FA Cup and Dame Vera Lynn £2 coins will not be entered into general circulation, so collectors will need to buy them from The Royal Mint rather than look out for it in their change. The last time £2 coins were entered into circulation was in 2016, with three designs honouring William Shakespeare, one recalling the Great Fire of London, a coin for the centenary of the First World War, and the ‘definitive’ design showing Britannia.