Rare £2 Coins – The most valuable & rare £2 coins in circulation

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Do you know which £2 coins are the most rare and valuable in the UK?

Since the £2 coin came into circulation in 1998, they’ve been popular with collectors as they’re often used to mark celebratory occasions.

✅ Most valuable £2 coins

These are the most valuable £2 coins in the UK with their estimated collectors value

  1. Commonwealth games Northern Ireland £30 2002
  2. Commonwealth games Wales £14 2002
  3. Commonwealth games England £12 2002
  4. Commonwealth games Scotland £9 2002
  5. Olympic handover ceremony £7 2008
  6. Mary Rose £5 2011
  7. King James bible £5 2011
  8. Handover to Rio (Olympics) £4 2012
  9. London Olympics £4 2008
  10. Shakespeare comedies £4 2016

✅ Rarest £2 coins

Wondering which £2 coins are the rarest?

With £2 coins in the UK becoming as collectable as 50p coins, some are going to be worth more than others. In this post we’re going to look at which £2 coins are the rarest and which are worth the most amount of money if you’re looking to sell them.

Watch video of the hunt for rare £2 coins here! 👇

✅ Valuable £2 coins

The current most valuable £2 coins in the UK are the collection of Commonwealth games £2 coins. There are 4 of them, representing Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales.

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✅ Rare 2 pound coin

Rare 2 pound coins are routinely given in change, so always keep a look out when you’re given one. It’s possible to get them from your bank (you might need to order them ahead if you want quite a few!).

Commonwealth games £2 Coin – Northern Ireland 2002

Currently selling for £30 online

This £2 is currently the most valuable £2 in the UK. Even though it has a face value of only £2, collectors will pay up to £30 to own this coin – usually because they’ve got the rest of the Commonwealth collection and need this one to complete it.

All four of these coins look the same expect for one thing: the flag on the face of the coin (see the red arrow in the image above)

This coin, like all of these is currently in UK circulation. Check your change, this one’s definitely one to keep for re-selling!

Commonwealth games £2 Coin – Wales

Currently selling for £14 online

This is the Wales Commonwealth £2 coin, as with the others identifiable by the flag on the coin face.

As the second rarest £2 coin in the UK, this isn’t one you’ll come across everyday, but there are still nearly 200k of them in circulation so well worth looking out for.

Commonwealth games £2 Coin England

Currently selling for £12 online

With over 200k of these coins in circulation, you’ve a slightly better chance of finding one in your change.

Designed by
Matthew Bonaccorsi, this is the UK’s third rarest £2 coin!

Commonwealth games £2 Coin – Scotland

Currently selling for £9 online

And to complete the Commonwealth £2 coin collection, Scotland comes in as the UK’s 4th rarest £2.

Olympic handover ceremony £2 Coin

Currently selling for £7 online

To commemorate both the successful bid and the official handover from Beijing to London, The Royal Mint struck a commemorative £2 coin which featured the iconic Olympic Flag and the London 2012 logo on its reverse. Two outstretched hands complete the symbolic status of the coin and lines reminiscent of a running track surround the central design.

Mary Rose £2 coin

Currently selling for £5 online

The carrack Tudor warship profile is clearly shown, with the high ‘castles’ fore and aft, and an impressive number of heavy guns. Looking at the stern of the ship, it’s easy to see the gradually narrowing width of the decks, designed to make the ship more stable and to make boarding more difficult.

King James bible £2 Coin

Currently selling for £5 online

The spirit of the King James Bible is captured on the £2 coin celebrating its 400th anniversary. Cleverly reminding us that printing concerns were at the heart of the matter in 1611, the reverse design displays the first words from the book of John – ‘In the beginning was the Word’.

Handover to Rio £2 Coin

Currently selling for £4 online

At the Closing Ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, the world watched as London handed over the mantle to the next host city, Rio de Janeiro. 

This coin was the final coin in The Royal Mint’s London 2012 Coin Programme and celebrated the milestone with an evocative design by Jonathan Olliffe.

London Olympics £2 Coin

Currently selling for £4 online

This £2 coin features a running track, an image that is strongly associated with the Olympic Games. The anniversary date of 1908 is positioned within the track, with the words ‘London Olympic Centenary’ encircling the design.

Shakespeare comedies £2 Coin

Currently selling for £4 online

These coins celebrate Shakespeare’s most famous works and this design skilfully weaves love around tragedy, with the skull and rose design capturing that sense of doomed romance.

✅ Coin valuation website

One of the first things you’ll want to be doing if you think you’ve got a coin that’s rare and valuable is to find out just how valuable it really is.

One fo the best ways we know to value these coins is to look at the sold pages on eBay to get an idea of what people are really paying. Don’t look at the sale price of coins that haven’t sold, it’s the ones that have sold we’re interested in.

There are also sites like exclusivecoins.co.uk who will value and buy your coins. Please not, I have never sold coins through this site and cannot vouch for them. However, it’s worth looking into coin buying sites as another option.

If you have a super rare coin, always get it valued by a professional. Some coins can be worth thousands!

✅ Coins wanted by collectors UK

Coin collectors in the UK are always on the lookout for coins they know are worth money or are likely to go up in value.

But what coins do they want and how do you know if a coins going to increase in value or not?

There are two ways you can tell if a coin is going to be worth more than it’s face value, either in the near future or as a coin to hang onto for a number of years.

Firstly, there are mintage figures. This tells us how many coins were minted, with the fewer minted the rarer they are.

You can find the mintage figures for £2 here.

The mintage figure although a god indicator, are not the only factor in causing a coin to be valuable though.

Coins that were made in error at the Royal Mint have also proved to be worth a small fortune in some cases. Whilst it’s impossible to put a price on coins made in error, if you think you’ve got coin that looks not quite as it should, have it verified by the Royal Mint who’ll provide you with a verification letter, and then take it to a reputable coin collector.

✅ Where to sell rare £2 coins UK

Got a rare £2 coin to sell? The more money you think it’s worth, the more important it is to take it to someone who knows what they’re talking about.

Try and Google the exact coin you have. Look for the date, the inscription around the edge of the coin, and any other markings the coin might have.

Check the sold pages for the coin on eBay, and if you’re not 100% certain of it’s worth, the Royal Mint will take a look and verify the coin for you.

There are coin auction, dealers and fairs held all around the country. Warwick & Warwick have a good guide here to help you sell your coins.

✅ Where can I sell old £2 coins near me?

The simplest way to find your local coin buying collectors is to type this 👇 into Google. It will use your IP address to give you your local coin collector information.

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Which coins are the most valuable?

– London 2012 Olympics Aquatics 50p first design – up to £1,500.
– 1983 New Pence 2p coin – up to £1,250.
– Silver 2p (1971 to 1992) – over £1,000.
– Zinc £2 coin – between £800 and £1,300.
– Silver 2p (1992 to 2018) – up to £600.
– Kew Gardens 50p – up to £160.

What’s the rarest 2 pound coin?

The Commonwealth £2 coin collections is the most valuable in the UK.

How do I sell rare coins?

Online, coin fairs, auctions houses, online auctions. Make sure you’re happy with the price you’re offered before committing to the sale!

2 thoughts on “Rare £2 Coins – Rare & Valuable 2 Pound Coins UK”

  1. Joanne Burnett

    I have ten £2 coins, at least one I think is rare. It’s the Gunpowder plot , with the first letter of Remember Remember. Being Pemember Pemember. 1605 2005
    I also have two different Brunell 2006 ones, one Florence Nightingale 2010.
    One Rugby World Cup 1999. One wireless 1901 2001. One St Paul’s Cathedral 1945. 2005. One Dickens1812 2012. One Shakespeare 2016
    One R. Trevithick 1804. 2004. Is there any chance you may be interested in buying them? If not have you any suggestions where I might try?

    1. Hi Joanne,
      Unfortunately I don’t buy coins: just find them and sell them! You could try some of the ways in the post if you’re looking to sell them! Good luck :)

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