The Dove of Peace £2 coin was one of the single metal commemorative £2 coins issued between 1986 and 1996, but how much is it worth today?
You can expect to pay £3.40 for a Dove of Peace £2 coin in circulated condition according to the most recent values in 2022, however, the value can vary depending on the actual condition of the coin.
There’s a lot to unpack when it comes to this coin, so let’s get straight into it.
Is The 1995 Dove of Peace £2 Coin Rare?
The mintage of the Dove of Peace was 5,166,286. In terms of rarity, this mintage amount is not particularly low and as such the coin is not considered to be very rare.
The Royal Mint also released other versions of the coin, such as silver proof and brilliant uncirculated, for collectors. These different versions are summarised below.
|Version||Mintage||Estimated Value (single)|
|Brilliant Uncirculated In Folder/Sets||TBC||Around £10 to £20|
|Silver Proof FDC and Mint Set (0.925 sterling silver)||35,751||£20-£30|
|Silver Proof Piedfort (0.925 sterling silver)||10,000||£35-£80|
|Gold Proof (22-carat gold)||1,000||Around £1,000 to £1,200|
Also Known As
The Dove of Peace £2 coin is also known as the End of WW2 £2 coin due to its commemoration, however, it has adopted the name Dove of Peace due to the incredible design found on the reverse of the coin.
It is also referred to as the ‘Peace Goodwill £2 coin’ due to the edge inscription which we will explore later in this article.
‘Old’ £2 Coins
The £2 coin changed its look in 1998 to the bi-metallic coin that we all know and use today; the coin weighed 12 grams and measured 28.4 mm in diameter and was 2.500 mm thick.
Before this, there was a period between 1986 and 1996 where commemorative £2 coins were issued that were rarely found in circulation. These coins were made from one alloy (nickel-brass) and are characterised by their gold appearance.
The Dove of Peace £2 was one of these ‘old-style’ £2 coins, and t wasn’t until the change to the £2 coin that they became used frequently for transactions, as before this they were used very infrequently.
Prior to 1986 the two pound coin was minted very infrequently and was referred to as a double sovereign coin.
Design of the 1995 Dove of Peace £2 Coin
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 obverse of the Dove of Peace Two Pound coin features the Raphael David Maklouf effigy which appeared on the obverse from 1985 to 1996.
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.
2 Pound Coin With Dove No Date
Interestingly, the year that the Dove of Peace £2 coin was issued is only seen on the edge inscription of the coin.
This is highly unusual for most coins, however, it was a common theme on all of the single-metal £2 coins issued between 1986 and 1996 – so don’t mistake this for an error if you happen to come across one!
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 the war, the Allies formed the United Nations in 1945 in an effort to create a forum for international cooperation and diplomacy. The United Nations would go on to have an old-style £2 coin minted to commemorate its formation in the same year as the Dove of Peace £2.
In 2006, ten years after the introduction of the Dove of Peace £2 coin, the 60th Anniversary of the end of World War 2 was commemorated on a new style £2 coin.
Where Can You Buy The Coin?
If you want to purchase a Dove of Peace £2 coin then eBay is a great starting point for circulated condition specimens.
If you want to purchase a proof version then you are better off consulting coin dealerships such as the Royal Mint to see what stock they have available.