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1994 ROYAL MINT FIRST UNITED KINGDOMBI-COLOUR TRIAL £2 PACK COMES COMPLETE IN ROYAL MINT FOLD OUT PACK WITH INSERT AND OUTER PACK Issue Quantity 4,565 Many have been sold in pieces thus making the full set harder to find. The mint also produced a few sets for overseas. Obverse
The Third Portrait
The obverse (head side) bears the third major portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ralph David Maklouf, FRSA.
It came into use in 1985 and continued until 1997 inclusive, a total of thirteen years.
The queen is shown wearing a pearl necklet. In the second year of issue 1998, the portrait changes to the fourth portrait, showing more mature features, and without the necklet Reverse
In the centre, a three-masted sailing ship, similar to that previously used on halfpennies of George VI and Elizabeth II, the outer ring bears the inscription:-
ROYAL MINT TRIAL
DECUS ET TUTAMEN ANNO REGNI XLXVI
The edge is milled and also carries an incuse inscription.
The edge inscription translates as "An ornament and a safeguard" - "The 46th year of (her) reign (=1998). POSTED ROYAL MAIL SPECIAL DELIVERY BY 1PM DELIVERY IT WOULD BE ADVISABLE FOR YOU TO BE ... read more