2005 BU Two Commemorative Crown Set - Nelson and Trafalgar

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Horatio Nelson was born on 29th September 1758.  He was the son of a parish priest and was a charasmatic character both in his personal and professional life.  He is widely regarded as one of Britain's great heroes and is still popular 200 years after his death.

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Nelson's dealth, the Royal Mint issued a special commemorative coin.  Designed by James Butler RA, it features a portrait of Nelson in the uniform of Vice Admiral on its reverse.

The obverse carries Ian Rank-Broadley's elegant portrait of the Queen.

The Battle of Trafalgar, so called because Cape Trafalgar was the nearest point of land, took place on 21st October 1805.  It was one of the most decisive battles ever fought at sea and the British victory ended many years of sea battles with France and Spain, destroying France as a maritime power and winning back British naval supremacy.  The British fleet was commanded by Lord Nelson and the allied French and Spanish fleet was led by the French Admiral Villeneuve.

To commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar, the Royal Mint issued a commemorative crown.  Designed by Clive Duncan, the reverse shows the Victory, Nelson's flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, in full sail.

The obverse carries Ian Rank-Broadley's elegant portrait of the Queen.

Coin Specifications

Alloy - Cupro/Nickel
Diameter - 38.61 mm
Weight - 28.28 gms
Quality - Brilliant Uncirculated

The 2005 Brilliant Uncirculated Two-Crown Commemorative set is encapsulated within their individual packs, which also contains detailed information about the coin design and Horatio Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar.  The information is housed in a colourful Royal Mint Folder.

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