Celebrating the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible

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Specifications

Issued 2011
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 Paul Stafford & Benjamin Right
Edge Milled
Inscription The authorised version
Mintage 975,000
 

Design details:


Commemorating a beloved cornerstone of our culture and language four centuries since its first publication; the King James Bible. Few books have had such an impact on the world as the King James Bible. First published in 1611, its influence on the English language is still evident today and it remains one of the best loved Bible translations.

The very spirit of the King James Bible is brilliantly captured on the 2 coin celebrating its 400th anniversary. Cleverly reminding us that printing concerns were at the heart of the matter in 1611, the commemorative reverse design displays the first words from the book of John - In the beginning was the Word - in the reversed raised text of the printing block on the left and the recessed text of the printed word on the right. The words chosen for the edge inscription - THE AUTHORISED VERSION - are entirely appropriate and complete the story. The obverse bears The Queen's portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS.
 

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