Introducing the Trinity House 2 Pound Coin
In 2014, the Royal Mint released this special 2 coin in tribute to the 500 years of tireless work of the Trinity House. The Trinity House was granted a Royal Charter by King Henry VIII in 1514 and since then has built lighthouses, installed buoys, and organised maritime communication systems to keep Britain’s waterways safe. But the organisation also works on providing welfare support and education to the seafaring community. The Trinity name is derived from their full name: ’The Master, Wardens and Assistants of the Guild, Fraternity or Brotherhood of the most glorious and undivided Trinity and of St. Clement in the Parish of Deptford Strond, in the County of Kent.’
Trinity House 2014 2 Pound Coin
The Trinity House coin’s design is of the lighthouse, the symbolic feature of safety on the seas. Designed by Joe Whitlock Blundell and David Eccles, the lighthouse design also features the important lenses within that shine the beacons of light to ships nearby. The Trinity House name and year of charter are shown along the upper perimeter. The edge has the inscription of ‘Serving the Mariner,’ further highlighting the work the Trinity House does for all British sailors.
(Caption: Trinity House)
How Much is the Trinity House 2 Pound Coin Worth?
The Trinity House coin has a mintage of 3,705,000, still a common coin to find. Like the Charles Dickens 2 pound coin and other 2-pound coins, there has been some fervor over the discovery of ‘minting errors.’ Even though these Trinity House coins will occasionally vary with the reversed position of the edge inscription or dots appearing on the obverse side, these are remnants of the high-speed production process used to strike the coins. Occasionally dies will wear out or misalign with the metal, causing such ‘minting errors.’ However, due to the generally common occurrence of these slips, they don’t add much value to any serious coin collector. They do help tell the story of how the coin was made though!
Because of the perceived frenzy over these so-called ‘errors’, prices on eBay are higher than face value for circulation coins because they show one of these mistakes. As of 2019, the highest for circulation coin was £8.95.
Other Versions of the Trinity House Coin
You can also find the Trinity House 2-pound coin in Gold Proof (200 mintage), Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort (3,500 mintage), and Brilliant Uncirculated.
|Composition||Outer: Nickel-brass (76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc)|
Inner: Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS|
|Reverse Designer||Joe Whitlock Blundell with David Eccles|
|Edge Inscription||SERVING THE MARINER|