2020 Mayflower Gold Proof Two Pounds

£1,395.00

The edge inscription reads ‘UNDERTAKEN FOR THE GLORY OF GOD’. This is a passage taken from the Mayflower Compact.

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The 2020 Mayflower gold proof two pounds piece commemorates the 400th anniversary of the ‘Mayflower’ voyage to the New World.

Chris Costello, the artist chosen by the US Mint to produce its 400th anniversary Mayflower commemoration designs, also designed the reverse of the £2 piece.

Queen Elizabeth II’s fifth portrait can be seen on the obverse, designed by Jody Clark.

The edge inscription reads ‘UNDERTAKEN FOR THE GLORY OF GOD’. This is a passage taken from the Mayflower Compact.

The 2020 Mayflower gold proof two pounds piece is made of 22 carat gold (Gold Fineness of 0.916), and weighs 15.98 grams. It has a diameter of 28.40mm. The outer disc is made of ‘red’ gold, with the inner disc being ‘yellow’ gold. The coin is housed in its original Royal Mint acrylic screw top capsule, presented in its Royal Mint wooden case, accompanied with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity, and outer card box.

Only 400 2020 Mayflower gold proof two pounds pieces were issued by the Royal Mint in 2020.

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The first gold two pounds piece (£2) was issued during the reign of King George III in 1820. It was not issued as a circulation piece, but for the collectors market only.  The first circulation gold two pounds piece was issued in 1823 (King George IV), with a gold proof two pounds piece minted in 1831 as part of the 1831 proof coin set. Further circulation and proof issues were produced during the reign of Queen Victoria in 1887 and 1893.

All gold two pounds pieces are made of 22 carat gold, and weigh 15.98 grams. They have a diameter of 28.40mm. The gold two pounds coin is sometimes referred to as a ‘Double Sovereign’, as it is exactly double the weight of a gold sovereign. Since 1986, with the issue of the Glasgow Commonwealth Games gold two pounds piece, two types have been frequently produced: the commemorative gold two pounds and the St George design. The St George and the dragon gold two pounds is often included in the sovereign series sets.

 

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