Celebrate a charity that has provided light and safety at seas with this special commemorative coin. Add this 2014 Trinity House £2 coin to your collection. Or, give it as a gift to complete another collector’s set.
If you are so fortunate as to find the Trinity House £2 coin to add to your collection, expect to pay an estimated value of about £3.23 according to the past sold values on eBay.
How Many Trinity House £2 Coins Are There?
There were 3,705,000 Trinity House two pound coins minted in 2014.
That same year, a Technology two pound coin was released as well as a separate commemorative coin to honour the First World War Outbreak. Out of the three coins released that year, the Trinity House coin had the lowest mintage. Some estimate that it is the 21st rarest two pound coin in circulation with less than 2 million currently estimated in active circulation.
In addition to the 3,705,000 released into circulation, there were also off-metal strikes and the following:
- 10,521 brilliant uncirculated in a presentation folder
- 13,865 brilliant uncirculated in sets consisting of a variety of 14 coins
- 14,124 proofs as well as proofs that were released in sets. One set was the 2014 United Kingdom Proof Collector Coin Set consisting of 14 coins. The other was The 2014 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set – Commemorative Edition.
There were also Silver Proof FDC, Silver Proof Piedfort, and Gold Proof FDC coins issued individually and in The 2014 United Kingdom Silver Proof sets that consisted of 6 coins.
The History Of The Two Pound Coin
The two pound coin that was introduced in 1998, dated 1997, is bi-metallic. The coin weighs 12 grams with a 28.4 mm diameter and is 2.5 mm thick. The two metals that make up the coin are Nickel-brass and Cupronickel. The coin is round and has a milled edge with incuse lettering to discourage counterfeiting and clipping, shaving off the metal along the edge.
From 1997 to 2015, the reverse side image definitive type was the Technology type £2 with a design by Bruce Rushin. It was then changed to the Britannia type £2 in 2015 with a design by Antony Dufort.
Annually, the Royal Mint releases commemorative two pound coins to celebrate important anniversaries, people, or aspects of British culture and history. The reverse designs were replaced on these special commemorative coins, but the obverse image of the Queen remained the same from 1998 to 2014 when this special coin was released.
The coin is part of the two pound coins that were designed to commemorate a special event or to honor someone. It is a bi-metallic coin consisting of two different alloys. The outer ring is a Nickel-Brass, and the inner circle is CuproNickel.
The reverse of the special commemorative Trinity House two pound round coin features a design that was to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Trinity House.
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. She is wearing the “Girls of Great Britain and Ireland” diamond tiara. The tiara was a wedding gift from Her Majesty’s grandmother, Queen Mary, in 1947. She is also pictured wearing this tiara in the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.
The initials IRB are present just beneath her portrait which stand for the artist Ian Rank-Broadley.
Surrounding her head all around the outer rim of the coin 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.
The Design Of The Trinity House Two Pound Coin
The 2014 Trinity House coin is the design of Joe Whitlock Blundell and David Eccles. The designers sought out to create an image that would depict the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Trinity House.
They chose an image of the lighthouse beacon with indentations in the coin to represent the light shining out in both directions toward the edges. The inscription around the image reads 1514 TRINITY HOUSE 2014 TWO POUNDS. The light beam indention encompasses both dates on each side of the coin.
The initials of the artists are engraved to the left and to the right of the base of the lighthouse beacon. DME, David Eccles is seen on the left-hand side, just above the “O” in the word TWO. The initials JWB, for Joe Whitlock Blundell, is seen on the right-hand side just above the “UN” in the word POUNDS.
The milled edge inscription reads SERVING THE MARINER.
What Does The Trinity House £2 Coin Represent?
Trinity House is the official authority for lighthouses in England, Wales, the Channel Islands, and Gibraltar. It is a charity that dedicates itself to safeguarding shipping and boating.
Trinity House was established with a much longer name by Royal Charter granted by King Henry VIII in 1514 in an effort to regulate boat traffic and pilot behavior on the Thames. It was originally known as The Master, Wardens and Assistants of the Guild Fraternity or Brotherhood of the most glorious and undivided Trinity and of St. Clement in the Parish of Deptford Strond in the County of Kent. It has also been referred to as The Corporation of Trinity House of Deptford Strond.
The official purpose of Trinity House is to maintain lighthouses, buoys, and beacons. Trinity House is also a maritime charity. The charity disburses funds to help retired seamen, train young cadets, and promote safety at sea.
In 1566, Queen Elizabeth I released the Seamarks Act that enabled Trinity House to set up beacons to prevent ships from wrecking.
During WWI, Trinity House helped with shipping lanes and naval operations. During WWII, Trinity House kept the seas lit for allied forces. On December 29, 1940, Trinity House was destroyed by an air attack on London. In 1953 under HM Queen Elizabeth, it was restored and reopened.
Trinity House played a very important role in lighting the way for D-Day and the days to follow. Trinity House licensed about 500 pilots by the 1960s.
Designers Of The Trinity House Coin Reverse Image
Joe Whitlock Blundell and David Eccles designed the reverse of this special commemorative coin. Joe Whitlock Blundell was the Production Director of The Folio Society. He was also a fine book design typographer and photographer. David Eccles was a retired illustrator and printer.
Where Can You Buy The Trinity House Two Pound Coin?
Look for coins to buy or sell on eBay. This online platform is a quick and easy way to find unique or specific coins. Just make sure you do your homework first. As with any online purchase, you will want to know exactly what you are buying.
The average selling price on eBay.co.uk for the Trinity House £2 coin is £3.23 for this specific coin. As always, the exact price is going to depend upon what condition the coin is in.