200th Anniversary of the first steam locomotive by Richard Trevithick

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Specifications

Issued 2004
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 Robert Lowe
Edge Milled
Inscription An incuse railway line
Mintage 5,004,500
 

Design details:


A representation of a steam locomotive engine with the words 'TWO POUNDS' above and inside a cog wheel, the words R.TREVITHICK 1804 INVENTION INDUSTRY PROGRESS 2004 as a circumscription

In 1804 the first steam locomotive, designed by the Cornish engineer Richard Trevithick, made its historic journey in South Wales. His invention led to the development of rail travel and played an important part in the industrial revolution. To mark the 200th anniversary of this great achievement The Royal Mint issued a new two-pound coin in 2004. The reverse design is the work of Royal Mint engraver Robert Lowe and is based on Trevithick’s 1804 Penydarren locomotive.

 

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