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1996 £2 Two Pound Proof Gold Coin: Celebration of Football Boxed


Manufacturer: Royal Mint

Royal Mint

Weight (grams): 15.98

Pure gold content (grams): 14.63

Fineness: 916.7

Dimensions: 28.4mm diameter x 2mm thickness

Stock: In Stock

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1+ £823.00 £0.00 £823.00
£823.00

The 1996 £2 proof gold coin was produced by the Royal Mint to mark the European Football Championships that year. It was the first time England had hosted a major tournament since 1966 when they won their one and only World Cup trophy.

The Two Pound Gold Coin - sometimes referred to as the Double Sovereign - contains 14.63 grams of gold. Due to their status as British Legal tender they are Capital Gains Tax Free (CGT Exempt), so they are a good choice for British investors. 2,098 of these coins were produced by the Royal Mint.

The coin itself is in the style of a football, with 16 small rings representing the competing nations. This was designed by sculptor John Mills, with the initials JM tucked away at the very top of the ball. Mills was responsible for the £2 Peace Dove coin in 1995, and the £2 DNA coin in 2003.

The obverse side used the third portrait of Queen Elizabeth the Second, as produced for the Mint by Raphael Maklouf. This portrait ran from 1985 until the end of 1997.

Unfortunately, England didn’t win (a similar story in 2018) but this beautiful coin was a great memento to celebrate the world of football.

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