200th Anniversary of the birth of Brunel - Paddington Station

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Specifications

Issued 2006
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 Evans
Edge Milled
Inscription So many irons in the fire
Mintage 7,452,250
 

Design details:


Isambard Kingdom Brunel is arguably Britainís greatest engineer. During a career that spanned more that thirty years he used his remarkable inventiveness and considerable talent in a multitude of engineering fields. His status as a truly great Briton is indeed indisputable and in 2006 the Royal Mint is proud to honour the man and his achievements with two two-pound coins. The first commemorative design, by Rod Kelly, features a portrait of Brunel with the spectacular Royal Albert Bridge in the background and is encircled by symbolic chain links. The second, by Robert Evans, celebrates Brunelís great achievements, portraying a dramatic view of Paddington Station, the main terminus of the Great Western Railway of which Brunel was the Chief Engineer.

 

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