Celebrating the XVII Commonwealth Games in Manchester

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Specifications

Issued 2002
Diameter 28.4mm
Weight 12g
Composition Outer: nickel-brass 76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc
Composition Inner: Cupro-nickel 75% copper, 25% nickel
Obverse Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Mathew Bonaccorsi
Edge Milled
Inscription Spirit of friendship, Manchester 2002
Mintage 650,500 England, 485,500 NI, 771,750 Scotland, 588,500 Wales.
 

Design details:
*The Northern Ireland coin is quite hard to tell apart from the England coin! look closely at the middle of the flag and you can see a slight bump!


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 worldís 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 Bonaccorsiís 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. MANCHESTER 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.

text source and credit the Royal Mint