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Darwin Two Pound Coin

Updated on July 2, 2011

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.

Charles Darwin

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.

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      Lisa Rushton 2 years ago

      I have a £2 Darwin coin and the image is slightly off centre, Is this a common thing to find?

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      Peter Dickinson 5 years ago from South East Asia

      Darren...if it is a used coin it is probably worth just £2.00. If it is mint then you will have to offer on eBay. They are being offered for silly prices there sometimes.

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      darren tate 5 years ago

      hi me and my partner found one of these coins

      i just want to know how much is it worth today and where can i get it valued

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      Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

      @Thomas Davies - Amazing Thomas. Yet you can still get the odd nearly mint coin in your change.

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      Thomas Davies  6 years ago

      I sold mine in February for £300.A coin company purchased it off of me but were very quite about negotiations and also didnt tell me who they were but I dont care I was £300 richer haha

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      Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

      Jahed - check out eBay and see what prices they are going for. You may be lucky and get more than double your money. It must be in good condition. Used coins are not worth much.

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      Jahed  6 years ago

      i have the same coin how much can i sell it for?

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      WolfGirlSM 6 years ago

      I have a charls Darwin 2 pound coin and it looks almost new! I never knew it was rare at all!!!

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      Peter Dickinson 6 years ago from South East Asia

      Paul and Lizzie - It is a case of supply and demand. Check out what is happening on eBay today. The situation may change tomorrow. It is unlikely that further coins will be minted and so, as supplies go down the price will rise. I don't believe anyone will make a fortune though.

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      Lizzie 6 years ago

      I have 3 of these coins.They are all in minted condition, people are trying to see them for about £75.00. Could I get up to this much just for 1?

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      paul brown 6 years ago

      hw much r these darwin two pound coins worth

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      Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

      jake - probably not very much. Check out eBay and see what they are going for today.

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      jake  7 years ago

      i have a coin is it worth anything ???

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      Peter Dickinson 7 years ago from South East Asia

      Hello, Hello - I hope you doubled your money.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your interesting hub in every way.