Introducing the Commonwealth Games 2 Pound Coin
The 2002 XVII Commonwealth Games were held in Manchester from 25 July to 4 August. It coincided with the Golden Jubilee of Elizabeth II and as such, became the largest Games at that point in its 72-year run. Seventy-two nations participated in 17 sports. To commemorate the Games, the Royal Mint issued four different versions of the coin for each of the participating countries from the UK. They featured the flag from each country.
2002 Commonwealth Games 2 Pound Coin
This Commonwealth Games 2 pound coin features the English flag in a circle behind the athlete holding a banner. Designed by Matthew Bonaccorsi, the coin also bears the official name of the Game arcing on the right side. According to the Royal Mint’s description of the coin, his design “represents celebration, victory and sportsmanship.” The edge inscription has the Games’ motto along with the location: ’Sprit of Friendship Manchester 2002.’
(Caption: 2002 Commonwealth Games Logo)
How Much is the 2002 Commonwealth Games 2 Coin Worth?
The mintage figure for the England variant of the 2002 Commonwealth Games 2-pound coin is only 650,500. It is very hard to find this coin. In fact, the entire 2002 Commonwealth series are the hardest 2-pound coins to find, according to Change Checker.
As of 2019, on eBay, the highest price you’ll have to pay is £37.50 for a presumable circulation coin.
Other Versions of the 2002 Commonwealth Games Coin
As mentioned earlier, the 2002 Commonwealth Games 2-pound coin is a part of a series. The other coins in that series commemorate Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland.
The Royal Mint also issued a variety of versions of the England 2 pound coin. There is the Silver Proof version at a mintage of 10,000, Silver Proof Piedfort with a mintage of 3,500, and the Gold Proof version at a mintage of 500.
The Commonwealth Games On Other Coins
Over the years, the Commonwealth Games have made multiple appearances in the purses and pockets of the British people. Starting in 1986 the Royal Mint released a 2-pound coin to commemorate the Edinburgh XIII Commonwealth Games. Then in 2014 for the Scotland XX Commonwealth Games, a 50p was issued.
|Composition||Outer: Nickel-brass (76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc)
Inner: Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Reverse Designer||Matthew Bonaccorsi|
|Edge Inscription||SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP,MANCHESTER 2002|
|Mintage||771,750 Scotland, 588,500 Wales, 485,500 Ireland, 650,500 England*|