Isambard Kingdom Brunel Engineer £2 Coin
Year Issued: 2006
Mintage: around 7,928,250
Estimated Value: 2.44
The Isambard Kingdom Brunel Engineer £2 was issued in 2006 to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Isambard Kingdom Brunel, a prolific engineer who was born in 1806 in Hampshire.
Brunel was responsible for building stockyards, tunnels, bridges, the Great Western Railway and many different steamships. He was one of the leading figures during the Industrial Revolution and came up with many solutions to engineering problems which hadn’t been solved for years.
The design of the coin by designer Rod Kelly is one of two £2 coin designs issued in 2006 to commemorate Brunel, the other being the Isambard Kingdom Brunel Paddington Station £2. The design of the Engineer version features Brunel with part of a bridge and a wheel in the background, in tribute to his work on constructing railways and bridges.
This coin is commonly mistaken for a so-called ‘President Lincoln £2 coin’ due to the similarities in appearance between Brunel and Lincoln, however, we can assure you that this is just a common misconception. You can read our article here about it.