Wednesday, April 18, 2007

2007 Abolition of the Slave Trade £2 Silver Proof

The British Royal Mint has just announced the strike of the 2007 Abolition of the Slave Trade £2 Silver Proof coin in commemoration of the bicentenary of the abolition of the slave trade.

Permission was granted to the Royal Mint to strike this limited-edition two-pound coin in sterling silver to impeccable Proof quality. A major turning point in British history occurred with the Abolition Bill of 1807 and this is often considered to be one of the most significant advancements in human dignity hundreds of years.

Each two-pound coin features on its reverse the simple yet powerful design by David Gentleman, RDI. He chose to depict the imagery of chains with one link broken, representing a ‘release from subjection’, which also doubles as the anniversary date of 1807.

The, by now, regulation portrait of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley, FRBS appears on the obverse framed by the contrasting outer ring. There is an edge inscription is taken from the anti-slavery seal by Josiah Wedgwood and which reads ‘AM I NOT A MAN AND A BROTHER’.

Beautifully displayed in an elegant presentation case, the silver Proof commemorative two-pound coin is subject to a restricted mintage of just 10,000 in order to satisfy worldwide demand and has been struck in sterling silver with the contrasting outer ring plated with fine gold

Specifications include:
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 12 g
Diameter 28.4 mm
Denomination £2
Cost £29.95

This fantastic 2007 Abolition of the Slave Trade £2 Silver Proof coin is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity signed by the Deputy Master of the Royal Mint and the international and historical significance of the commemoration will make this year's two-pound coin highly sought after by collectors around the world.

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