Introducing the Robert Burns 2 Pound Coin
Robert Burns was born 25 January 1759 in Dumfries, Scotland. Regarded as the national poet of Scotland, Burns’s poems are considered the foundation for the Romantic movement. Attributing to his start in poetry to when he fell in love, Burns’s poems included such works as ‘Ae Fond Kiss,’ ’Tam O’Shanter,’ and of course, ‘Auld Lang Syne.’ His legacy has created ‘Burns clubs’ and Burns Night, celebrated on his birthday. Participants on that day hold ‘Burns suppers’, whereafter the general welcome, the party cuts into haggis as they recite his ‘Address to a Haggis’ poem.
Robert Burns 2 Pound Coin
The Robert Burns 2-pound coin features a sample of his handwriting with a line from ‘Auld Lang Syne:’ ‘We’ll tak a cup o’kindness yet for auld lang syne.’ Designed by the Royal Mint Engraving Team, the 2-pound coin is a first to feature only handwriting. The edge inscription has another line from the poem, the famous ’Should Auld Acquaintance Be Forgot.’
(Caption: Portrait of Robert Burns by Alexander Nasmyth)
How Much is the Robert Burns 2 Pound Coin Worth?
The Robert Burns 2-pound coin has a mintage of 3.2 million. Similar to the Charles Darwin 2-pound coin, which was released in the same year, the Robert Burns coin is also viewed as a less common find. The highest price on eBay, as of 2019, is £12.30 for a single circulation coin.
Other Versions of the Robert Burns 2 Pound Coin
You can find the Robert Burns 2-pound coin in more collectible versions to join in the Great British Coin Hunt. There’s the Gold Proof version (mintage of 1,000), Silver Proof (mintage 9,000), and Silver Proof Piedfort (mintage of 3,500). There’s also the Brilliant Uncirculated version, 120,000 mintage.
|Composition||Outer: Nickel-brass (76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc)|
Inner: Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Reverse Designer||The Royal Mint Engraving Team|
|Edge Inscription||SHOULD AULD ACQUAINTANCE BE FORGOT|