How Much Is The 2005 World War 2 £2 Coin Worth?

The end of a war is always the cause for celebration especially when the war that was fought involved the entire world. This commemorative 2005 World War 2 two pound coin represents Victory in Europe. It would make an incredible addition to any coin collector’s set or a nice gift to a veteran or war memorabilia collector.

According to past sold prices on eBay, the 2005 World War 2 £2 Coin sells for an average of £4.02 without postage and packaging in circulation condition.

How Many 2005 World War 2 £2 Coins Are There?

The British two pound £2 coin was introduced in 1998. It was a bi-metallic coin that weighed 12 grams and measured 28.4mm in diameter and 2.500 mm thick.

In addition to the standard £2 coin, there have been several variations of the reverse design to commemorate important people and events. In 2005, two commemorative coins were released. Among them was one to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, and one to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The 2005 World War 2 coin is part of the two pound commemorative coin releases. There were 10,191,000 WWII special commemorative coins released into circulation.

The coin was also released in silver and gold as well as in a special First Day Cover to depict the end of the war. This special release included a second coin.

Additional releases of this commemorative coin include:

  • United Kingdom 2 Pounds 2005 60 Years World War II Silver Proof
  • Great Britain 2005 World War II 2 Pounds Piedfort Silver Coin, Proof

The coin was not included in the mint sets for the year.

The Design Of The 2005 World War II £2 Coin

2005 World War 2 £2 coin Reverse Design
2005 World War 2 £2 coin Reverse Design

The coin is part of the two pound coins that were designed to commemorate a special event in British history. It consists of two metal alloys, called a bi-metallic coin. The outer ring is a Nickel-Brass, and the inner circle is Cupro-Nickel.

It features a design that was to commemorate 60 years marking the end of World War II. The reverse of the special commemorative World War II two pound round coin is a design by Robert Elderton. Although, it appears as though he did not include his own initials in the design. If they are there, they are well hidden from a first glance.

Robert Elderton joined the Royal Mint as an apprentice engraver in 1964 while he was still studying at Central School of Art and then London’s Sir John Cass School of Arts and Crafts until the summer of 1971. He designed numerous coins and medals while at the Royal Mint until 2002.

For this coin, he depicted the front of St. Paul’s cathedral presented in full floodlights searchlights with the denomination TWO POUNDS and the dates 1945-2005.

The floodlights contrast the many days of blackouts and also represent the searchlights that were used to defend London against the German’s airstrikes. The searchlights are in the shape of a “V” to signify Victory.

The milled edge inscription reads IN VICTORY MAGNANIMITY IN PEACE GOODWILL.

The obverse of the coin features the Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing to the right. This specific portrait was on the two pound coin from 1998 to 2015 after the coin went decimal.

On her head is the “Girls of Great Britain and Ireland” diamond tiara. The tiara was a wedding gift from Her Majesty’s grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1947.

The initials IRB are seen just underneath her head. They represent the initials of the obverse designer Ian Rank-Broadley. All around the outer circle reads the iconic words, ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF which translates from Latin to mean Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

What Does The 2005 World War 2 £2 Coin Represent?

The war was finally over, and a lot of impromptu celebrations took place all across the country.

The Germans had made several attempts to destroy London, but St. Paul’s Cathedral and its spectacularly detailed architecture of Christopher Wren managed to survive the firebomb attacks with the dome in place while the rest of London seemed to be ablaze.

The Times described it as seeming to “ride the sea of fire like a great ship”.

The cathedral became known as a symbol of hope to Britain. After years of blackouts, the coin’s image would present the cathedral lit up in floodlights.

On May 8, 1945, Winston Churchill announced Victory in Europe, with VE Day marking the end of World War II which followed Germany’s surrender about a week after Adolf Hitler had committed suicide on April 30 during the Battle of Berlin. This would be the end of the Nazi War Machine.

Churchill would be heard to say in his celebratory speech in Whitehall, “God bless you all. This is your victory. In our long history, we have never seen a greater day than this.”

As they celebrated, however, Churchill pointed out that the war against Japan was still going on but wanted to allow a brief period of rejoicing. The good news did come, however, once again. Following VE Day, a little more than 3 months after Germany surrendered to end hostilities in Europe, on August 14, 1945, British Prime Minister Clement Attle announced that Japan had conceded defeat.

After almost six years of wars, would be peace again.

To this day, Victory in Europe VE Day is celebrated. It marked the end of World War II in Europe and is also called Victory Over Fascism Day, Liberation Day, or Victory Day.

Where Can You Buy The 2005 World War 2 £2 Coin?

Going online to find coins on eBay is a quick and easy way to locate collectable coins. Before purchasing anything online, always be sure that the seller is selling the specific profile of a coin you want. Always do a little research first. Expect to find the 2005 World War II two pound coin that was released into circulation to be listed at an average selling price on eBay.co.uk of £4.02. Of course, the exact price is going to depend upon what condition the coin is in.

The end of a war is always the cause for celebration especially when the war that was fought involved the entire world. This commemorative 2005 World War 2 two pound coin represents Victory in Europe. It would make an incredible addition to any coin collector’s set or a nice gift to a veteran or war memorabilia collector.

How Many 2005 World War 2 £2 Coins Are There?

The British two pound £2 coin was introduced in 1998. It was a bi-metallic coin that weighed 12 grams and measured 28.4mm in diameter and 2.500 mm thick.

In addition to the standard £2 coin, there have been several variations of the reverse design to commemorate important people and events. In 2005, two commemorative coins were released. Among them was one to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot, and one to mark the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The 2005 World War 2 coin is part of the two pound commemorative coin releases. There were 10,191,000 WWII special commemorative coins released into circulation.

The coin was also released in silver and gold as well as in a special First Day Cover to depict the end of the war. This special release included a second coin.

Additional releases of this commemorative coin include:

  • United Kingdom 2 Pounds 2005 60 Years World War II Silver Proof
  • Great Britain 2005 World War II 2 Pounds Piedfort Silver Coin, Proof

The coin was not included in the mint sets for the year.

The Design Of The 2005 World War II £2 Coin

The coin is part of the two pound coins that were designed to commemorate a special event in British history. It consists of two metal alloys, called a bi-metallic coin. The outer ring is a Nickel-Brass, and the inner circle is Cupro-Nickel.

It features a design that was to commemorate 60 years marking the end of World War II. The reverse of the special commemorative World War II two pound round coin is a design by Robert Elderton. Although, it appears as though he did not include his own initials in the design. If they are there, they are well hidden from a first glance.

Robert Elderton joined the Royal Mint as an apprentice engraver in 1964 while he was still studying at Central School of Art and then London’s Sir John Cass School of Arts and Crafts until the summer of 1971. He designed numerous coins and medals while at the Royal Mint until 2002.

For this coin, he depicted the front of St. Paul’s cathedral presented in full floodlights searchlights with the denomination TWO POUNDS and the dates 1945-2005.

The floodlights contrast the many days of blackouts and also represent the searchlights that were used to defend London against the German’s airstrikes. The searchlights are in the shape of a “V” to signify Victory.

The milled edge inscription reads IN VICTORY MAGNANIMITY IN PEACE GOODWILL.

The obverse of the coin features the Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing to the right. This specific portrait was on the two pound coin from 1998 to 2015 after the coin went decimal.

On her head is the “Girls of Great Britain and Ireland” diamond tiara. The tiara was a wedding gift from Her Majesty’s grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1947.

The initials IRB are seen just underneath her head. They represent the initials of the obverse designer Ian Rank-Broadley. All around the outer circle reads the iconic words, ELIZABETH II DEI GRA REG FID DEF which translates from Latin to mean Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

What Does The 2005 World War 2 £2 Coin Represent?

The war was finally over, and a lot of impromptu celebrations took place all across the country.

The Germans had made several attempts to destroy London, but St. Paul’s Cathedral and its spectacularly detailed architecture of Christopher Wren managed to survive the firebomb attacks with the dome in place while the rest of London seemed to be ablaze.

The Times described it as seeming to “ride the sea of fire like a great ship”.

The cathedral became known as a symbol of hope to Britain. After years of blackouts, the coin’s image would present the cathedral lit up in floodlights.

On May 8, 1945, Winston Churchill announced Victory in Europe, with VE Day marking the end of World War II which followed Germany’s surrender about a week after Adolf Hitler had committed suicide on April 30 during the Battle of Berlin. This would be the end of the Nazi War Machine.

Churchill would be heard to say in his celebratory speech in Whitehall, “God bless you all. This is your victory. In our long history, we have never seen a greater day than this.”

As they celebrated, however, Churchill pointed out that the war against Japan was still going on but wanted to allow a brief period of rejoicing. The good news did come, however, once again. Following VE Day, a little more than 3 months after Germany surrendered to end hostilities in Europe, on August 14, 1945, British Prime Minister Clement Attle announced that Japan had conceded defeat.

After almost six years of wars, would be peace again.

To this day, Victory in Europe VE Day is celebrated. It marked the end of World War II in Europe and is also called Victory Over Fascism Day, Liberation Day, or Victory Day.

Where Can You Buy The 2005 World War 2 £2 Coin?

Going online to find coins on eBay is a quick and easy way to locate collectable coins. Before purchasing anything online, always be sure that the seller is selling the version of a coin you want. Always do a little research first.

Expect to find the 2005 World War II two pound coin that was released into circulation to be listed at an average selling price on eBay.co.uk of £4.02. Of course, the exact price that you get will vary between each listing.

The Royal Mint has plenty of commemorative coins for sale on their website as well, which is always worth taking a look at.