2003 Two Pound Coin – DNA


Despite it being a modern buzz-word, DNA was actually discovered quite a long time ago. DNA was first isolated by Friedrich Miescher in 1869 but the molecular structure was identified by James Watson and Francis Crick in 1953 using data acquired by X-Ray Physicist Raymond Gosling. DNA (Deoxyribonucleic acid) is a molecule that has genetic information for the growth, development, functioning and viruses of all known living organisms.

So in 2003 the UK decided to commemorate 50 years of the modern discovery of DNA.

The reverse was designed by John Mills and shows the double helix of DNA spiralling across the coin, highlighting the strands of chromosomes and the familiar letter notations for the four basic building blocks. The words in the inscription are 'DNA DOUBLE HELIX' and '1953 TWO POUNDS 2003'.

The obverse is the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.


Mintage: 4,299,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 2003 ?
Elizabeth II was in her 51st year as Queen. George W Bush is U.S. President. Iraq war begins. China has its first astronaut in space as Rover Spirit and Opportunity head for Mars. The London congestion charge introduced. Twenty20 cricket matches are played between counties. J K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix published. Concorde makes its last commercial flight. England are rugby world champions. M6 Toll opens.
Elizabeth II (1952-Present)
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.
General Description: Two Pound Coins
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, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. 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.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
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.

The 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.
If you don't see a coin in the list below try the Two Pound Coins page on eBay UK

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Rare Two £2 Pound Coin UK Coins Olympics Commonwealth NI Navy Bible Mary Rose
Rare Two £2 Pound Coin UK Coins Olympics Commonwealth NI Navy Bible Mary Rose
£ 6.49
Rare £2 coins two pound coin Commonwealth Olympic Bible Navy RAF Captain Cook
Rare £2 coins two pound coin Commonwealth Olympic Bible Navy RAF Captain Cook
£ 5.09
2003 DNA Double Helix £2 Two Pound Coin | Includes Coin Flip & Fast Delivery
2003 DNA Double Helix £2 Two Pound Coin | Includes Coin Flip & Fast Delivery
£ 3.95
Rare £2 coins two pound coin Commonwealth Olympic Bible Navy RAF Captain Cook
Rare £2 coins two pound coin Commonwealth Olympic Bible Navy RAF Captain Cook
£ 6.99
DNA Double Helix £2 Coin 2003 Two Pound Coin
DNA Double Helix £2 Coin 2003 Two Pound Coin
£ 3.99
2003 DNA Celebration £2 Two Pound Coin Pack Sealed Royal Mint BU
2003 DNA Celebration £2 Two Pound Coin Pack Sealed Royal Mint BU
£ 29.95
UK PROOF £2 TWO Pound Coins 1986 -2015 Choice of Year
UK PROOF £2 TWO Pound Coins 1986 -2015 Choice of Year
£ 11.99
DNA double helix £2 Coin 2003   Two pound coin circulated.
DNA double helix £2 Coin 2003 Two pound coin circulated.
£ 3.95

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