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Shakespeare Comedies £2 Coins

The 2016 Shakespeare Comedies £2 coin was issued to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare.

Mintage Figures

The mintage figures for the Shakespeare Comedies coins are:

Base Metal ( coins entered into circulation) 4,355,000
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU/BUNC) 48,346
Silver Proof 1,992
Silver Proof Piedfort 989
Gold Proof 234

Coin Specification

Issued 2016
Diameter 28.4mm
Weight 12.0g
Thickness 2.5 mm
Composition Outer:  Nickel-Brass (76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc)
Inner:  Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)
Obverse Designers Jody Clark
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl
Edge Milled

About This Design

Do you remember those English Literature lessons at school? The very first time you were handed a battered paperback, yours for a whole term, and became acquainted with one of our cultural greats, whose mastery of the language suddenly brought learning to life.

The excitement and anticipation you felt as you turned each page, feeding your imagination and inspiring a lifelong love of reading and theatre that still gives so much pleasure today. Relive that simple joy as we honour the greatest writer of them all.

In the 400 years since his death, William Shakespeare is perhaps without peer. His influential works take their rightful place at the heart of our school curriculum and each new generation is gifted his legacy; ready to be inspired and entertained.

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