2006 Two Pound Coin - Isambard Kingdom Brunel 2006 Two Pound Coin – Isambard Kingdom Brunel - In 2006 the Royal Mint released two coins celebrating the 200th year of the birth of one of Britain's greatest engineers - Isambard Kingdom Brunel (1806-1859). Brunel was a key figure in the Industrial Revolution and he is remembered for many things, including railways, steamships, bridges and buildings.