Add this First World War Army £2 coin, also known as the FWW Army £2 coin, to your collection. It is the third coin in a special series remembering the War. Collect the entire five-part war series commemorating the First World War Centenary series. The series of special coins range from the outbreak of war to Armistice.
Expect to pay an estimated value of about £3.14 according to recent values on eBay.
How Many FWW Army £2 Coins Are There?
There were 9,550,000 First World War Army two pound coins minted in 2016.
There were also Brilliant Uncirculated coins in presentation folders, FWW Army coins included in mint sets, and Proofs in silver and gold.
Other special commemorative coins minted the same year included one to mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London, one to honour The Shakespeare Histories, one to honour the Shakespeare Comedies, and one to honour the Shakespeare Tragedies.
This 2016 commemorative coin is the third in the Royal Mint’s series. The Army FWW £2 coin was part of a five-coin series that included:
- 2014 FWW Outbreak coin
- 2015 FWW Navy coin
- 2016 FWW Army coin
- 2017 FWW Aviators – Not in circulation
- 2018 Armistice Two Pound coin – Not in circulation
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.
Obverse Design Changes
Originally, the two pound round coin featured a 1997 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Raphael Maklouf. His image only appeared on the 1997-dated coins that were not released until June 1998. The Maklouf design includes an inscription around the outer rim of the Queen’s portrait that reads ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA F D.
From 1998 to 2015, the obverse image of the Queen was the Fourth Portrait as designed by Ian Rank-Broadley who changed the inscription to be more abbreviated.
In 2015, the obverse was redesigned with the 5th Portrait design by Jody Clark. From 2015 to the present, the obverse of the two pound coin features a design by Jody Clark that is referred to as the Queen’s 5th Portrait. It depicts the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right. She is wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown that was worn on her Coronation Day. The initials JC are present just beneath her portrait which stand for the artist Jody Clark.
On all obverse coin sides since 1998, surrounding her head all around the outer circle, are 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.
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.
Commemorative Two Pound Coins
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 is always an image of the Queen.
The FWW Army coin is one of the two pound coins that was designed to commemorate a special event or to honour someone. It is a bi-metallic coin consisting of two different alloys. The outer ring is a Nickel-Brass, and the inner circle is Cupro-Nickel.
The reverse of the special commemorative FWW Army two pound round coin features a design that was to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the First World War – The Army in honour of the Pals Battalions.
The Design Of The First World War Army Two Pound Coin
The reverse design of this special two pound coin marks a very important moment in military history. In a design by Tim Sharp, the “Pals Battalions” are honoured on this special commemorative coin.
The image shows three pals marching side by side, shoulder to shoulder. Their silhouettes are facing to the right. The design was based on the work of C.R.W. Nevinson who was an artist of the First World War. The coin’s design is the work of Tim Sharp.
There is a small letter “u” to the far left of the soldiers. This letter is the signature of the agency known as Uniform. The designer of the reverse image for the FWW Army coin, Tim Sharp, was the creative director for the Uniform agency.
Around the outer rim of the coin are the words THE FIRST WORLD WAR 1914-1918. Centred at the bottom on the outer rim is the date 2016.
The milled edge inscription reads FOR KING AND COUNTRY
What Does The FWW Army £2 Coin Represent?
After the war broke out in 1914, the British army soon realized that it was not large enough to sustain the conflict that had spread throughout Europe and the world. Lord Kitchener began to request men to enlist by encouraging them through various campaigns and posters. One that brought friends and family together to volunteer to enlist was the Pals Battalions.
Thousands of men had volunteered to serve their country, but they needed more. They discovered that many more men would enlist if they were allowed to serve alongside their friends or relatives.
The Pals battalions of World War I were battalions of the British Army that were specially constituted. They comprised of men who had enlisted together during local recruiting drives. They were promised that they would be able to serve alongside their friends, neighbours, and colleagues instead of being placed randomly in a battalion. Previously, officers were called into service through the gentry, and the lower classes would simply enlist and hope for the best.
The FWW coin pays tribute to the Pals Battalions that represent the comradery that bound soldiers together in a time of war.
Designer Of The FWW £2 Coin Reverse Image
Tim Sharp was the creative director and designer of the FWW Army two pound coin. The design he chose comes from a creative consultancy agency called Uniform. Uniform also was asked to create a coin for the London 2012 Olympics in which a swimmer is featured under the words TEAM GB and the Olympic rings.
Where Can You Buy The FWW £2 Coin?
When looking for coins to buy or sell, generally online platforms like eBay are a great place to start. Before you decide to purchase any coins, however, make sure you do your homework first.
Expect to pay an average selling price for the FWW Army £2 coin of about £3.14 for this specific profile. As always, the exact price is going to depend upon what condition the coin is in.