2016 Shakespeare Tragedies Skull Circulating £2


  • Year: 2016
  • Metal: Cupro-Nickel (Inner) Nickel-brass (Outer)
  • Type: Bi-metallic
  • Diameter: 28.4m
  • Country of Issue: UK
  • Condition: Circulation
  • Mintage: 5,695,000

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The William Shakespeare £2 coins were issued in 2016 to mark the 400th anniversary of his death.

The set of 3 coins include Histories, Comedies and Tragedies as a reference to the genre of plays written by Shakespeare.

The Skull £2 coin as it is often known was created to represent Shakespeare’s Tragedies and includes the start of a well know quote from a play called Hamlet on the coin edge: WHAT A PIECE OF WORK IS A MAN.

The coin shows a prop from the play, a human skull and a rose.

Additional information

Weight 33 g



2011 – 2020


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