The King James Bible £2 coin is one of the rarer two pound coins that you can find today, and has been in circulation for around 10 years now.
The coin was minted in the same year as the marriage between the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, but how much does it sell for today?
According the the most recent sold values on eBay in 2021, the King James Bible £2 Coin sells for an average of £5.77 in circulated condition without postage and packaging.
It is one of two commemorative two pound coins put into circulation in 2011 – the other being the 2011 Mary Rose.
The King James Version of the bible is also known as the King James Bible as well as the Authorized Version (AV) and is celebrated on this commemorative coin. Let’s take a deeper dive into the coin and the history behind it.
How Many 2011 King James Bible Two Pound Coins Are There?
The standard two pound coin that was put into circulation in 1998 is a 12-gram bimetallic coin consisting of an outer ring of nickel-brass and a middle circle of Cupronickel. It has a diameter of 28.4mm and is 2.5 mm thick. The edge is milled with incuse lettering.
The standard version of the two pound coin is no longer in circulation. But, each year a commemorative version of the coin is released. These special coins celebrate important anniversaries or people or iconic aspects of British culture and history.
The 2011 King James Bible two pound coin has a mintage of 975,000 that entered circulation. There was additional limited edition minted coins that include a Brilliant Uncirculated version in a presentation folder, a Proof FDC version, Silver Proof FDC version, Silver Proof Piedfort, and a Gold Proof FDC with only 355 issued at 0.917 gold.
The coin is considered to be among the top ten rarest two pound coins in circulation since it is fairly hard to find as pocket change.
The coin is also part of the 2011 The United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Collection, the Proof Coin Set, Silver Proof Coin Set, a Silver Piedfort Set, and the Silver Celebration Set.
The Design Of The King James Bible £2 Coin
The King James coin is part of the Two-Pound coins that were designed to commemorate a special event or to honour someone. It is a bi-metallic coin consisting of two different alloys.
The reverse of the special commemorative King James Bible two-pound round coin features a design that was to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the printing of the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
The reverse was designed by both Paul Stafford and Benjamin Wright.
It features the words “In the beginning was the Word” inscribed on the right side to replicate the black letter typeface used in the first edition of the Bible’s printing. The same inscription is shown on the left in reverse as if each letter is on a type block. This image depicts the printing of the Bible. The text on the right is recessed whereas the text on the left is raised.
In an arc at the top of the reverse side are the words KING JAMES BIBLE. On the bottom centre are the dates 1611-2011 to indicate the 400 years the Bible version has been in print.
Around the milled edge of the coin is the inscription THE AUTHORISED VERSION.
The obverse of the coin features the Fourth Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right that appeared on the Two-Pound coin from 1998 to 2015. Her Majesty is wearing the “Girls of Great Britain and Ireland” diamond tiara. The tiara was a wedding gift in 1947 from Queen Mary, her grandmother.
The initials IRB are present just beneath her portrait which stand for the artist Ian Rank-Broadley. Surrounding her head all around the outer circle is her legendary 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 2011 King James Bible £2 Coin Represent?
The King James Version is an English translation of the Christian Bible for the Church of England. The translation and printing of this version began in 1604 and was completed in 1611. The 1611 version is still in use today.
This Two-Pound coin celebrates the 400th anniversary of the completion of the printing of the King James Bible.
In 1604, the Church of England commissioned an English translation of the Christian Bible. In 1611, under the sponsorship of King James VI, the new version of the Bible was printed. This special commemorative coin represents the 400th anniversary of this printing.
The printing block design on the coin is a beautiful reminder of the important role that the moveable-type printing press played in history. It was needed for the mass production of the printed word.
The 1611 Bible is considered one of the most important books in English culture. The first official printing included 39 books of the Old Testament, an intertestamental section of 14 books of the Apocrypha, and 27 books of the New Testament.
The King James Version of the Bible is known for its majestic style. The original printing was published by the King’s Printer, Robert Barker, in 1611. In fact, the name of the King James Version of the Bible is in reference to the fact that it was printed by the King’s printer.
The translation may have been done under King James and printed at the hand of the King’s printer. But, it was actually translated by 47 scholars from the Church of England.
The first printing used a black letter Open Type font typeface instead of a roman typeface but was printed using a movable type that was a system of printing that used movable components to reproduce letters. Each letter was set on a woodblock in relief retrograde blocks.
The biblical text quote used on the commemorative coin is taken from John 1:1, “In the beginning was the Word.”
Where Can You Buy The 2011 King James Bible £2 Coin?
Going online to search on eBay is always among the fastest and easiest ways to find coins for sale. Just make sure you do your homework, so you know exactly what you are buying.
The Royal Mint is the go-to place if you want to buy uncirculated coins either as gifts or for your own collection.