2016 Whole Coin Set (£2) 400th Anniversary of the Death of Shakespeare

2016 Whole Coin Set (£2) 400th Anniversary of the Death of Shakespeare

In 2016, the UK's Royal Mint released three £2 coins to commemorate the 400th Anniversary of the Death of William Shakespeare. All three Shakespeare coins come together in a set, the coins are endorsed by the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. 

 

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William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-Upon-Avon. He was christened on 26th April, 1564, but his exact birth date is unknown. Shakespeare is often regarded as one of the greatest poets and playwrights that ever lived. During his lifetime he wrote 154 sonnets and 37 plays, including Macbeth, Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet and A Midsummer Night's Dream. Shakespeare died on 23rd April, 1616 at the age of 52.

Other £2 coins issued in 2016 commemorate the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London and the Army During World War I. 

We received our first delivery on 18th November, 2015.

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The obverse of each coin shows the fifth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Jody Clark. This is the first time the portrait has been used on £2 coins, having only been unveiled in 2015.

The reverse designs are by the Royal Mint engraver, John Bergdahl.

There are three coins to commemorate Shakespeare's legacy.

Comedies The first coin shows a jester's hat with a stick. This is to celebrate the actors and their trade.

Histories A crown with a sword going through it symbolises the history of which Shakespeare wrote about and the drama he explored.

Tragedies The final coin shows a skull with a rose going through it. The rose is meant to represent eternal love, whilst the skull alludes to the doomed romances which so many of Shakespeare's characters experienced.

Denomination £2 - Comedy
Alloy Inner: Cupro-Nickel - Outer: Nickel Brass
Quality Brilliant Uncirculated
Diameter 28.40mm
Weight 12g
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Edge Inscription All the Worlds a Stage
Denomination £2 - History
Alloy Inner: Cupro-Nickel - Outer: Nickel Brass
Quality Brilliant Uncirculated
Weight 12g
Diameter 28.4mm
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Edge Inscription The Hollow Crown
Denomination £2 - Tragedy
Alloy Inner: Cupro-Nickel - Outer: Nickel Brass
Quality Brilliant Uncirculated
Weight 12g
Diameter 28.4mm
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Edge Inscription What a piece of work is a man