[Trinity House - image by Mik]
Out of all two pound coins, Trinity House is probably one of the most beautiful of all. It’s bold, yet simple design is immediately eye-catching and most numismatists will be very familiar with it.
First issued in 2014, this coin celebrates the 500th anniversary of Trinity House being granted the Royal Charter under Henry VIII. The lighthouse design was created by Joe Whitlock Blundell, The Folio Society’s Production Director along with David Eccles, a retired printer and illustrator.
Trinity House is an undoubtedly handsome addition to any collection and it also has a whole lot of history attached to it. However, there is one thing which many collectors will still not know about... and this isn’t anything on the picture side either - it is the Queen’s nose.
A small number of these coins got out into circulation complete with a rather amusing minting error. And until recently you would find very little information about them at all, even after spending hours on your favourite search engine. It kind of makes you wonder if this was purposely kept hush-hush simply because it was so embarrassing. It also makes you wonder if anyone ever mentioned it to Her Royal Highness herself…. or whether she is still blissfully unaware.
[The Royal Hooter - image by Mik]
Basically, on an undisclosed number of these coins, there was a slight die bleed which gave additional meat to the Royal snout. This varies from coin to coin with some mis-strikes being far worse/far funnier than others. On some Trinity House the Queen may appear to have a mere pimple…. yet on others it looks more like her hooter has actually been replaced with a gherkin. While we don’t know precisely how many of these beak-esque coins are out there, it is worth checking your own Trinity House just in case.
Several of these ‘special’ coins have cropped up on eBay over recent months and have sold for very varied amounts. Perhaps over time these prices will settle and we will discover their true value. However, until that time comes…. no-one nose.
[More Hooters to Blow - image by Mik]
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