Marking the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot

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Specifications

Issued 2005
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 Peter Forster
Edge Milled
Inscription Remember remember fifth of November
Mintage 5,140,500
 

Design details:


The plot to assassinate King James I at the opening of Parliament on 5 November 1605, thankfully thwarted due to the anonymous letter sent to Lord Monteagle, is a piece of British history that shall ‘never be forgot’. 400 years later, in 2005, The Royal Mint remembered the Fifth of November with a splendidly-detailed two-pound coin. In the words of the artist Peter Forster its intricate reverse design shows symbols of State, represented by the mace, crosier and sword alluding to the survival under threat of the British establishment. The circular arrangement in which they are shown is also suggestive of a Catherine Wheel and the surrounding stars are a further reference to fireworks. The dates are rendered in an early seventeenth-century style of font.

 

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