Shakespeare Two Pound Coins

Shakespeare £2 Coin Collection

In 2016 The Royal Mint released a Shakespeare two pound coin collection in a series of three £2 coins that were put into general circulation.

These are known as The Shakespeare Histories and mark the 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare £2 coin set

Image Name Mintage Value
Shakespeare Comedies £2 Coin

also known as

The Jester £2 Coin

Edge Inscription

“ALL THE WORLDS A STAGE”

4,355,000 £2.50
Shakespeare Histories £2 Coin

also known as

The Crown £2 Coin

Edge Inscription

“THE HOLLOW CROWN”

5,655,000 £2.50
Shakespeare Tragedies £2 Coin

also known as

The Skull £2 Coin

Edge Inscription

“WHAT A PIECE OF WORK IS A MAN”

4,615,000 £2.50
Shakespeare £2 coin values are averages for circulated coins in great condition. The value of your coin may vary depending upon the condition.

£2 Coins For Sale on eBay UK

£2 Coins For Sale

Is the Shakespeare Two Pound Coin Writing Upside Down a minting error coin?

If the coin writing is upside-down this is not an indication of an error coin or additional value since any £2 coin can be put into the die any way up.

This is not considered an error since it’s random either way.

What is the Shakespeare Two Pound Error Coin?

Shakespeare error coin
Shakespeare error coin

A Shakespeare Two Pound Error Coin has been reported where the edge inscription shows FOR KING AND COUNTRY from the First World War Centenary Army £2 coin.

This is an ERROR COIN – as it should show WHAT A PIECE OF WORK IS A MAN on the Tragedies version of the Shakespeare coin.

The error version is currently attracting bids of around £22 from UK coin collectors on eBay who value having this in their coin collection.

Brilliant Uncirculated Three-Coin Set

2016 Shakespeare Two Pound Coin Set
2016 Shakespeare Two Pound Coin Set

Shakespeare Comedies £2 Coin

Coin specification

Denomination £2
Alloy Inner: Cupro-nickel – Outer: Nickel-brass
Weight 12.0g
Diameter 28.40mm
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Edge Inscription All the Worlds a Stage
Quality Brilliant Uncirculated

Shakespeare Histories £2 Coin

Coin specification

Denomination £2
Alloy Inner: Cupro-nickel – Outer: Nickel-brass
Weight 12.0g
Diameter 28.40mm
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Edge Inscription The Hollow Crown
Quality Brilliant Uncirculated

Shakespeare Tragedies £2 Coin

Coin specification

Denomination £2
Alloy Inner: Cupro-nickel – Outer: Nickel-brass
Weight 12.0g
Diameter 28.40mm
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Edge Inscription What a piece of work is a man
Quality Brilliant Uncirculated

£2 Silver Proof Coins

shakespeare two pound silver coins
Shakespeare two pound silver coins

All three coins were issued as Silver Coins with a Limited Edition Presentation mintage of 5,000 each.

The issue price in April 2016 was £60 each.

Struck in 925 sterling silver finished to the finest Proof standard.

£2 Silver Proof Piedfort Coins

shakespeare two pound silver piedfort coins
Shakespeare two pound silver piedfort coins

All three coins were issued as Silver PIEDFORT Coins with a Limited Edition Presentation mintage of 2,500 each.

The issue price in April 2016 was £100 each.

Struck in double-thickness sterling silver finished to the finest Proof standard.

£2 Gold Proof Coins

shakespeare two pound gold coins
Shakespeare two pound gold coins

All three coins were issued as Gold Coins with a Limited Edition Presentation mintage of 300 each.

The issue price in April 2016 was £750 each.

Struck in 22-carat gold to pristine Proof standard.

Who designed the Shakespeare £2 coin set?

Coinage artist John Bergdahl created all three designs, capturing the essence of his moving tragedies, his brilliant histories, and the genius of his comedies.

John also created a limited edition version of The Platinum Jubilee coins in 2022.

The designs are endorsed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust.

This is the first time three United Kingdom £2 coins have been struck in the same year, for the same theme!

Three coins celebrate his famous plays

Such is the literary legacy of William Shakespeare, that The Royal Mint has struck three official £2 coins in his honour – a first for the United Kingdom.

Each coin celebrates an aspect of Shakespeare’s famous work.

Honouring the works of William Shakespeare

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.

John Bergdahl’s designs grace each one of these coins, an homage to Shakespeare’s tragedies, comedies, and historical works.

Shakespeare looked to the kings of England for inspiration for many of his plays – works of imagination, but they are seared into the national psyche, painting a picture often mistaken for fact.

The real Richard III can never be reclaimed, such is the dramatic impact of Shakespeare’s evil hunchback with a grudge against humanity; a testament to the power of his writing and its place at the very heart of our culture.

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