The plot to assassinate James I at the opening of Parliament on 5 November 1605 is a piece of British history that shall ‘never be forgot’. 400 years later, in 2005, The Royal Mint remembered the Fifth of November with a £2 coin. The design features an arrangement of crosiers, maces and swords surrounded by stars, the dates 1605 and 2005, and features the denomination ‘Two Pounds’ below. In the words of the artist Peter Forster, its intricate reverse design shows symbols of State that allude to the survival of the British establishment under threat. The circular arrangement in which they are shown is suggestive of a Catherine Wheel and the surrounding stars are a further reference to fireworks. The dates are rendered in an early seventeenth-century style font.
|Composition||Outer: Nickel-brass (76% copper, 4% nickel, 20% zinc)
Inner: Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Reverse Designer||Peter Forster|
|Edge Inscription||REMEMBER REMEMBER FIFTH OF NOVEMBER|