The Royal Mint has released a new £2 silver proof piedfort coin featuring the famed Portland Vase to celebrate the 260th anniversary of Wedgwood, the company that managed to turn pottery from a local British craft business to an international industry.

Founded in May 1759 by English potter and entrepreneur Josiah Wedgwood, Wedgwood has been associated with the highest level of British craftsmanship. Its tableware and products have been part of the British and European meals for centuries now. With its history linked to the royal family, Wedgwood has been the holder of the Royal Warrant since 1995, with its products gracing the homes of the royal family for over 250 years. Therefore, the Royal Mint decided to join Wedgwood in celebrating their 260th anniversary by releasing a new silver coin to celebrate this pioneering British brand and its success.

In a beautifully splendid design reflecting British craftsmanship, the reverse of the new coin features the famed Portland Vase. “Wedgwood” is inscribed above the image, while “1759-2019” is placed on the bottom of the coin. It was designed by Wedgwood Design Team.

The reverse side displays an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark. “Elizabeth II. D. G. REG. F. D. 2 Pounds” is inscribed along the rim of the coin.

The coin is struck in 925 sterling silver. It has a limited mintage of 4500 coins. It has a special version struck in double thickness blanks with its outer plated with gold. The maximum mintage of the silver proof Piedfort version is 2250. The coin prices range from £10.00 for the brilliant uncirculated version to £110.00 for proof Piedfort version. 

Source: Royal Mint