2016 Two Pound Coin – Great Fire of London

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In 1666 the Great Fire started at a bakery in Pudding Lane just after midnight on Sunday, 2 September, spread rapidly west across the City of London and burned until the 5th September 1666.

The fire destroyed 13,200 houses, 87 parish churches, St Pauls Cathedral and most of the City buildings. At the time 80,000 lived in London and 70,000 became homeless.

Most history records show that only 6 people lost their lives, but as so many were poor and unrecorded it may have been higher. However, the fire did end the Great Plague (Bubonic Plague - 'The Black Death') of 1665.

The inscription reads "1666 THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON 2016" with "TWO POUNDS" below THE WHOLE CITY IN DREADFUL FLAMES designed by Aaron West

The obverse is the Jody Clarke portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

Mintage: 5,135,000 (may include coins issued as part of a set). Minted at The Royal Mint.
In the Year: 2016
Donald Trump Elected as US President. BREXIT - Britain votes to leave EU after Referendum. Queen Elizabeth II marks her 90th birthday. Leicester City wins the 2016 Premier League, defying all odds. Sadiq Khan is sworn in as mayor of London. Archaeologists identify a Roman object found during construction of Bloomberg's new offices in the City of London as the oldest known hand-written document in the United Kingdom, dating back to AD 54. British astronaut Tim Peake returns to Earth after his six-month stay on the International Space Station. David Cameron resigns as Leader of the Conservative Party and is succeeded by his former Home Secretary Theresa May.
General Description: Two Pound Coin
The current Two Pound (£2) coin that is found in circulation is a bimetallic coin introduced on 15th June 1998 (although the first are dated 1997). There are almost 500 million £2 coins of various designs in current circulation.

There has been other two pound coins. From 1823 until 1996 they made occasional appearances and the double-sovereign has a two pound value. Commemorative two pound coins were issued from 1986 to 1996. This article is primarily concerned with the circulating coins of 1997 onwards.

specifications:

  • Weight: 12 g
  • Diameter: 28.4 mm
  • Thickness: 2.5 mm
  • Edge: Milled, with incuse lettering
  • Design style: Circular, bi-metallic
  • Composition Outer ring: Nickel-brass (76% Cu, 20% Zn and 4% Ni)
  • Composition Centre: Cupro-nickel (75% Cu , 25% Ni)
The two pound coin has also been minted in gold.
Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, it moved to the Tower of London in 1279 and remained there for over 500 years. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton. Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.
The Monarch: Elizabeth II (1952-)
Queen Elizabeth II is the current and longest reigning monarch ever. Born on 21 April 1926 to King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, she became Queen in 1952 and her Coronation was on 2 June 1953.

Queen Elizabeth II has issued many coins and was monarch during decimalisation.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

It's orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
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