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Rugby World Cup £2 Coin

by Simon Barker

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  • Circulation: 4,933,000
  • Year issued: 1999
  • Edge inscription: Rugby World Cup 1999
  • Value circulated: £2.00
  • Value circulated in excellent condition: £2.50
  • Value uncirculated: £10.00 upwards
  • Composition: Inner – cupro-nickel. Outer – Nickel-Brass
  • Scarcity index: 4

The Rugby World Cup is held every 4 years and in 1999 it was hosted by Wales. To commemorate this the Royal Mint issued a Rugby World Cup £2. This coin is a wonderful item for any sports fan. 

History of the coin

In 1986 the Royal Mail issued a £2 to commemorate the Commonwealth Games which were being held in Scotland that year. This was the first of a number of commemorative £2 which were produced only for collectors.

In 1998 the £2 went in to circulation as the newest addition to the coin set. The new coin had a bi-metallic design and is still used for commemorative occasions. 

About the Rugby World Cup 

In 1999, Wales hosted the Rugby World Cup.

This was just the 4th Rugby World Cup to be held and many of the matches were played at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff. A total of 20 teams took part with Australia being crowned the winners. 

The Rugby World Cup takes place very 4 years. The first World Cup took place in 1987 and was co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The competition is contested between the top international rugby teams.

The trophy which is awarded to the winners is the Webb Ellis Cup. 

How many Rugby World Cup £2 coins were made?

The Royal Mint circulated 4,933,000 Rugby World Cup £2. 

Design and Designer

The design shows a rugby ball with goal posts at the top and bottom. Goal posts are also around the perimeter of the coin. 

  • Obverse design:

The fourth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Iain Rank-Broadley. 

  • Designer: Ron Dutton

Ron Dutton studied and taught art until turning his focus to medals in 1974. Born in Cheshire he studied Fine Art at King’s College at the University of Durham. He is a founder member of the British Art Medal Society, Bams, and of the International Art Medal Federation. 

His work has been exhibited all over the UK as well as in Europe and the USA. His commissions include private clients, the British Museum and The Royal Mint. 

His medals have been presented to the Queen and he was also commissioned to produce a coin for the 50th anniversary of the Archers for the BBC.


The circulation of the Rugby World Cup £2 was 4,933,000. 

  • Brilliant uncirculated coins are available
  • 9,665 Silver Proof coins were produced
  • 10,000 Silver Proof Piedfort coins were produced
  • 311 Gold Proof coins were produced. 

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