BY THE QUEEN
DETERMINING THE SPECIFICATIONS AND DESIGN FOR A NEW TWO-POUND COIN OF GOLD
Whereas under section 3(1)(a), (b), (cd) and (d) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to determine the denomination, the design and the dimensions of coins to be made at Our Mint, and to provide for the manner of measurement of the variation from the standard weight of certain gold coins:
And Whereas it appears to Us desirable to order that there should be made at Our Mint a new coin of the denomination of two pounds in gold, having joined concentric inner and outer sections of different coloured gold:
We, therefore, in pursuance of the said section 3(1)(a), (b), (cd) and (d), and of all other powers enabling Us in that behalf, do hereby, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, proclaim, direct and ordain as follows:
1. (1) A new coin of gold of the denomination of two pounds shall be made, being a coin of a standard diameter of 28.4 millimetres, being circular in shape and having joined concentric inner and outer sections.
(2) Without prejudice to section 1(2) of the Coinage Act 1971, the inner and outer sections may consist of different alloys.
(3) The approximate diameter of the inner section shall be 20 millimetres.
(4) The variation from the standard weight will be measured by weighing each coin separately.
(5) The design of the said gold coin shall be as follows:
‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRA ∙ REG · FID · DEF ∙” and for the reverse a design in four concentric circles representing stages in technological development from the Iron Age to the modern computer, with the words “TWO POUNDS” and the date of the year. The coins shall have a plain edge and in incuse letters the inscription “STANDING ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS”’.
2. This Proclamation shall come into force on the fifteenth day of December Two thousand and eleven.
Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this fourteenth day of December in the year of our Lord Two thousand and eleven and in the sixtieth year of Our Reign.
GOD SAVE THE QUEEN