2002 MANCHESTER THE XVII COMMONWEALTH GAMES
COIN FIRST DAY COVER - LIMITED EDITION
From 25th July to 4th August 2002 the city of Manchester played host to the Commonwealth Games.
In the biggest competition in the seventy-two-year history of the games some of the world’s greatest athletes competed in fourteen individual sports and three team sports over ten spectacular days of sporting and cultural activity.
To mark the celebration of sporting excellence, The Royal Mint issued a commemorative two-pound coin. Matthew Bonaccorsi’s reverse design, the winning entry in a competition, represents celebration, victory and sportsmanship. It depicts a moving figure holding aloft a banner, the top of which is divided into lines symbolising the lanes of a swimming pool. The design is completed with the edge inscription SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP. MANCHESETER 2002.
Four versions of the coin were produced, one for each of the participating teams from the United Kingdom and is distinguished by a cameo version of their respective flags.
This coin first day cover combines the 2002 £2 Coin with a unique set of four stamps featuring the XVII Commonwealth Games.
Issued – 2002
Diameter – 28.4mm
Weight – 12.0g
Thickness – 2.5mm
Composition – Outer: Nickel-Brass. Inner: Cupro-nickel
Edge – Milled
Edge Inscription – SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP, MANCHESTER 2002
As we have several of the covers in stock, the serial number may vary from the item shown.