The design features a portrait of Isambard Kingdom Brunel with two of his engineering achievements, encircled by a chain with the denomination ‘Two Pounds’ above and the date ‘2006’ below.
The design depicts a section of Paddington Station’s roof with the date 2006 above, the name ‘Brunel’ to the right and the denomination ‘Two Pounds’ below.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel is arguably Britain’s greatest engineer. During a career that spanned more than 30 years, he used his remarkable inventiveness and considerable talent in a multitude of engineering fields. His status as a truly great Briton is indisputable and in 2006 The Royal Mint was proud to honour the man and his achievements with two £2 coins. The first commemorative design, by Rod Kelly, features a portrait of Brunel with the spectacular Royal Albert Bridge in the background and is encircled by symbolic chain links. The second, by Robert Evans, celebrates Brunel’s great achievements, portraying a dramatic view of Paddington Station, the main terminus of the Great Western Railway of which Brunel was the Chief Engineer.