2002 Commonwealth Games - Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland £2 Coins

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2002 Northern Ireland £2 Coins

Celebrating the XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester.

This two pound coin depicts a stylised figure of an athlete holding a banner and the inscription XVII Commonwealth Games 2002.

Flag of Northern Ireland £2 Coin Variant

A small circle behind the athlete contains a flag with a cross, with a crowned hand inside a six-pointed star in its centre – representing Northern Ireland.

Commonwealth Games (Northern Ireland) £2 Coins
Commonwealth Games (Northern Ireland) £2 Coins

The coin design depicts a stylised figure of an athlete holding a banner and the inscription XVII Commonwealth Games 2002. Initials “MB” are for the designer Matthew Bonaccorsi.

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Commonwealth Games (Northern Ireland) £2 Coin Worth?

The Northern Ireland flag variant of the 2002 XVII Commonwealth Games coins is the rarest coin in the set and the rarest £2 coin in circulation. Recent eBay sold listings for this coin indicate that the current value for a circulated coin in good condition is £38.00.

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Mintage Figures

The mintage figures for the 2002 XVII Commonwealth Games (Northern Ireland) coins are:

Base Metal 485,500 coins entered circulation
Brilliant Uncirculated (BU/BUNC) 47,895
Silver Proof 2,553
Silver Proof Piedfort 3,497
Gold Proof 315

Commonwealth Games £2 Coins

The 2002 Commonwealth Games £2 Coins are a four-coin set released into general circulation. The mintage figures for all coins are:

Coin Specification

Issued 2002
Diameter 28.4mm
Weight 12.0g
Thickness 2.5 mm
Composition Outer:  Nickel-Brass (76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc)
Inner:  Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)
Obverse Designers Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Designer Matthew Bonaccorsi
Edge Milled
Edge Inscription SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP,MANCHESTER 2002

About This Design 

From 25 July to 4 August 2002 the city of Manchester played host to the Commonwealth Games.

In the biggest competition in the seventy-two-year history of the games some of the world’s greatest athletes competed in fourteen individual sports and three team sports over ten spectacular days of sporting and cultural activity.

To mark the celebration of sporting excellence, The Royal Mint issued a commemorative two-pound coin.

Matthew Bonaccorsi’s reverse design, the winning entry in a competition, represents celebration, victory and sportsmanship. It depicts a moving figure holding aloft a banner, the top of which is divided into lines symbolising the lanes of a swimming pool.

The design is completed with the edge inscription SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP. MANCHESETER 2002.

Four versions of the coin have been produced, one for each of the participating teams from the United Kingdom and distinguished by a cameo version of their respective flags.

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