European Football Championship in England

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Specifications

Issued 1996
Diameter 28.4mm
Weight 15.97g
Composition Nickel-brass (70% copper, 24.5% zinc, 5.5% nickel)
Obverse Raphael Maklouf
Reverse John Mills
Edge TENTH EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP
Inscription 1996
Mintage 5,141,350
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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.

In 1996, England hosted the 10th European football championship and a commemorative 2 coin was struck in celebration of football. The reverse design resembles a football, and is accentuated by the unusual concave surface of the coin. The year of 1996 is prominent, and the sixteen small rings represent the sixteen teams competing in the tournament. The eventual winners of the competition were Germany who knocked out hosts England in the semi-finals.

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