Introducing the 1999 Rugby 2 Pound Coin
The 1999 Rugby World Cup was primarily hosted in Cardiff, Wales, and the sport’s first professional competition after its declaration in 1995. Even though Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium was the main venue for the games, games were also played in Scotland, England, France, the Republic of Ireland, and Northern Ireland. Twenty nations competed for the Webb Ellis Cup, named after the credited inventor of rugby, William Webb Ellis. Starting from 1 October 1999 the teams competed until the final on 6 November where Australia won over France, 35-12.
Rugby 1999 2 Pound Coin
The coin’s straightforward reverse design is by Ron Dutton and features a rugby ball centred with goalposts framing it from above and below. Surrounding the ball and goalposts is a textured stadium with a scalloped edge. The obverse design is of HM Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley.
Like all 2 pound coins, the Rugby 2 pound coin has an edge inscription. It commemorates the event saying, ‘Rugby World Cup 1999.’
(Caption: The Webb Ellis Cup, the trophy awarded to the winner of the Rugby World Cup.)
How Much is the Rugby World Cup 2 Pound Coin Worth?
The Rugby World Cup 2 pound coin was minted 4,933,000 times. It’s considered a common coin. On eBay, as of 2019, the highest price paid for a Brilliant Uncirculated coin was £34.95. It came in the original commemorative presentation packaging.
Other Versions of the 1999 Rugby 2 Pound Coin
The Royal Mint released other versions of the Rugby 2 pound coin for more serious coin collectors to add to their collection. There is the Silver Proof (mintage 9,665), Silver Proof Piedfort with a coloured hologram reverse side (mintage 10,000), and Gold Proof (mintage 311).
Other Sports Coins
If you’re interested in other commemorative sports coins, Chancery Collection has 2 pound coins celebrating the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the 1986 Games, and the 50p created for the 2014 Commonwealth Games. There are also the Olympics Sport 50ps like the Judo 50p, Triathlon 50p, Football 50p, and the Swimming 50p.
|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||Ron Dutton|
|Edge Inscription||Rugby World Cup 1999|