Coin "500th Anniversary Mary Rose"

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Name 500th Anniversary Mary Rose
Presented by The Royal Mint
Nominal value 2 Pounds
Metal Silver 925°
Mintage 20 000
Production quality Proof, outer plated with fine gold
Description of obverse and reverse The reverse design features an incredibly detailed image of the Mary Rose, certain to be popular with collectors across the world. The outstanding £2 coin design that marks the 500th anniversary of the launch of the Mary Rose, features an incredibly detailed image of the ship created by artist John Bergdahl FRBS. His design shows the Mary Rose in her prime, complete with the all-important banners and streamers that made Tudor vessels so beautiful and so instantly recognisable. The carrack Tudor warship profile is clearly shown, with the high ‘castles’ fore and aft and with an impressive number of heavy guns. Looking at the stern of the ship, it is easy to see the gradually narrowing width of the decks, designed to make the ship more stable and to make boarding more difficult. The inscription around the edge of the coin reads: YOUR NOBLEST SHIPPE 1511.
A brief annotation The Mary Rose was the pride of the Navy Royal and is one of the most iconic symbols of British heritage. 2011 marks the 500th Anniversary of her launch and a £2 coin has been struck in her honour. Launched in 1511 she was the first ship to carry cannons able to fire from watertight gun ports on the side of the ship. Her tragic end came in July 1545, after more than 30 years service, when she advanced to battle the French, only to capsize and sink with the loss of all except 35 of her crew.
Designer Obverse designer: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS; Reverse designer: John Bergdahl FRBC
Producer The Royal Mint

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