1995 Dove of Peace £2 Coin: A Complete Guide

Add this lovely commemoration of peace to your coin collection. Whether you are a collector, lover of history, a veteran, or simply love what the Dove of Peace represents, this 50th Anniversary of the End of the Second World War £2 coin makes a nice addition to any collection. In fact, the 1995 two-pound coin was designed and intended to appeal specifically to collectors.

How Much Is The 1995 Dove of Peace £2 Coin Worth?

Beyond the face value, the actual worth of any coin is going to always come down to the condition it is in as well as which minting.

For the 1995 Two-Pound Dove of Peace coin, the average selling price, according to eBay, is about £3.35. This represents the average value that collectors are willing to pay on the secondary market.

Is The 1995 Dove of Peace £2 Coin Rare?

There was nearly 5.2 million Dove of Peace coins minted at an exact total of 5,166,286.

The Royal Mint also released collector versions of the coin including:

  • A Brilliant Uncirculated version in a presentation folder as well as in mint sets such as the 1995 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Collection.
  • Silver Proof FDC as well as in the mint set entitled 1995 United Kingdom Proof Coin Collection
  • Silver Proof Piedfort with 10,000 issued as 0.925 silver
  • Gold Proof with a mintage of 1,000 issued in 0.917 gold, 22-carat gold 91.66%, AGW 0.4707 oz.

Brief History of The Two-Pound Coin

The British Two-Pound £2 coin changed its look in 1998 to a bi-metallic coin that weighed 12 grams and measured 28.4 mm in diameter and was 2.500 mm thick.

Before the coin changed its design to the modern-day Two-Pound coin, it was called the Double Sovereign. The Double Sovereign was a single gold coin with a nominal value of two pounds sterling or 40 shillings. 

The gold versions of the Dove of Peace coin represented a Double Sovereign coin with the same parameters. The Royal Mint issued no St. George type double sovereigns in 1995.

Under the reign of George III in 1820, the coin was considered to be a pattern coin and used the design of Benedetto Pistrucci that featured George and Dragon. The Double Sovereign originals never entered circulation until 1887 when a new Double Sovereign was issued for Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee. Starting when Queen Elizabeth II came to reign, the coin’s obverse began to feature an effigy of the Queen.

From 1823 through 1996, the Two-Pound coin was minted only occasionally.

Most Double Sovereign coins were made of 22-Carat Crown Gold 0.4708 troy oz. They were 28.40 mm and had a mass of 15.976 grams. The edge of the coin was milled.

Since 1986, circulating two-pound coins have been produced using cupronickel, or nickel-brass, as well as some gold strikings for commemorative collecting purposes. These coins were modelled after the 22-carat gold issues keeping the same weight and diameter, but are thicker.

Design and Meaning of the 1995 Dove of Peace £2 Coin

Dove of peace £2 coin design
Dove of Peace £2 Design – credit

The 1995 Dove of Peace coin was made of Nickel-brass with a 2.0 mm thickness, a diameter of 28.4 mm, and a weight of 15.98 grams.

The edge inscription reads 1945 IN PEACE GOODWILL 1995. The words were an excerpt from the title page of Winston Churchill’s History of the Second World War. The year that the coin was issued is only seen on the edge inscription of this coin.

The obverse of the Dove of Peace Two-Pound coin features the Raphael David Maklouf effigy which appeared on the obverse from 1985 to 1996.

This is considered to be the third major portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. She is facing right wearing the royal diadem which she wears on her way to and from the State Opening of Parliament. She is also wearing a pearl necklace and earrings. The incuse lettering on her neck truncation read RDM to indicate the designer, Raphael David Maklouf’s initials. Around the outside rim reads ELIZABETH * II * DEI * GRATIA * REGINA * F * D * TWO POUNDS. Translated from Latin, this means Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

The reverse of the two-pound round coin features a design that was to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the End of World War II. John Mills designed the image of a dove with no lettering or numbers. The design was to symbolize mankind’s desire for a peaceful world that featured a dove flying facing to the left and carrying an olive branch in its beak.

The dove, according to the designer, was intended to be “A symbol of aspiring peace, the calm, a bountiful and optimistic image of a Dove”. The word Peace is emphasized on the edge inscription as well.

What Does The Dove of Peace £2 Coin Represent?

The Dove of Peace coin represents the 50th Anniversary of the End of World War II. The Royal Mint released two coins in 1995. The Dove of Peace coin was to commemorate the end of the war. The other coin released the same year was to celebrate the founding of the United Nations.

On May 8, 1945, the Allies accepted an unconditional surrender of Nazi Germany. From that day on, it was a moment of celebration remembered with Victory in Europe Day or VE Day.

World War II had brought destruction and devastation throughout Europe. Millions were left dead or homeless. Because of the aftermath of war, the Allies formed the United Nations in 1945 in an effort to create a forum for international cooperation and diplomacy.

Where Can You Buy The Dove of Peace £2 Coin?

When looking online to buy or sell, eBay is a quick and easy way to find specific coins you are looking for. Just make sure you do your homework, so you are sure of exactly what you are buying. The average selling price on eBay.co.uk is £3.35 for this specific profile. As always, the exact price is going to depend largely upon what condition the coin is in.