50th anniversary of the end of the Second World War

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Specifications

Issued 1995
Diameter 28.4mm
Weight 15.97g
Composition Nickel-brass (70% copper, 24.5% zinc, 5.5% nickel)
Obverse Raphael Maklouf
Reverse John Mills
Edge 1945 IN PEACE GOODWILL 1995
Mintage 4,394,566
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Design details:

Prior to the introduction of the bi-metallic 2 into general circulation the Royal Mint issued a number of nickel-brass, commemorative 2 coins.
The commemorative 2 coins were issued to mark special occasions rather than for use in general circulation. They are legal tender but contrary to popular belief this does not mean that banks and retailers automatically have to accept them.

This commemorative 2 was issued in 1995 to mark 50 years since the end of World War II. Victory in Europe Day, or VE Day, is the 8th May 1945 when armed forces formally accepted the surrender of Nazi Germany. Upon the news, jubilant crowds sang and danced in the streets of London, New York, Paris and Moscow. The reverse design by John Mills features a dove as "a symbol of aspiring peace; a calm, bountiful and optimistic image".

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