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Darwin Two Pound Coin
Charles Darwin was born the 12th February 1809. In commemoration of the birth of one of the greatest scientists of the past two hundred years the British Royal mint struck a limited edition £2.00 coin in 2009. The Darwin £2.00 coin.
The coin is special in that it depicts a chimpanzee facing the profiled head of Charles Darwin. Darwin was of course the author of the world famous 'On the Origin of Species'. This book has been the cause of debate ever since it was written. At one time it was classed as a 'theory' but now proved as fact many times over.
The Darwin coin, though legal tender is rarely found in change. Its rarity means that, in mint condition it is worth three or four times its face value. Even a used coin is worth double its tender value. The price acceleration means that it well worth seeking out as an investment. Several retailers are now unable to offer it for sale such is its scarcity.
In addition to the two pound Darwin coin there is another 22 carat gold. This is not in common circulation though it is legal tender. This coin was quickly snapped up by collectors.
Charles Darwin Coin
Charles Darwin is not unique to British Currency having already appeared on the £10.00 note. These are or were very common and so of little interest to the collector. It is the Darwin Coins which have appeal.
Primates depicted on coins are quite rare. In 2004 the Vietnamese issued coins depicting the Cat Ba Langur and the Grey Shanked Langur to advertise and inform that the species were endangered. In 2004 Somalia issued a coin with a message too. This depicted the three wise monkeys. Zaire issued coins with Gorillas on them in 1975 and 1996.
Check Your Change
The Darwin £2.00 still remains in circulation in the UK albeit in decreasing numbers. Check your change. You may already have doubled your money.