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.
text source and credit the Royal Mint