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The National Gallery and The Royal Mint launch collectable bicentenary coin

To celebrate 200 years of the National Gallery, The Royal Mint and the National Gallery have launched a commemorative £2 coin.

Designed by Edwina Ellis – designer, engraver and printmaker for The Royal Mint – the coin portrays the iconic National Gallery building in Trafalgar Square, London.

First released as part of The Royal Mint’s 2024 Annual Sets, the coin is now available to buy individually.

Edged around the skilful numismatic depiction of the Gallery building’s instantly recognisable Corinthian columns is an inscription that reads ‘MAIORVM GLORIA POSTERIS LVMEN EST’ meaning ‘the glory of our ancestors is a light to our descendants’.

The phrase is inscribed on the ceiling in the Wilkins Building of the Gallery, conveying the notion that the great artists of the past inspire those of the future – a founding principle of the National Gallery.

The collectable £2 coin is available in Gold Proof, Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort and Brilliant Uncirculated editions.

Later this spring, the coin will be included in a time capsule by the National Gallery as part of the NG200 celebrations.

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