2006 Isambard Brunel His Achievements £2 Silver Proof Coin Box Coa

2006 Isambard Brunel His Achievements £2 Silver Proof Coin Box Coa

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In 2006, to celebrate the 200th Anniversary of Isambard Kingdom Brunel and his many achievements, the Royal Mint released a Limited Issue Brunel £2 Two Pound Silver Proof Coin struck in solid .925 Sterling Silver.
Isambard Kingdom Brunel's many achievements are of such importance that his personality and character tend to be overlooked. It was his determined nature, however, that enabled him to take on so many challenging projects and complete so many of the engineering feats that are still part of Britain's landscape today.
He was destined to follow in the footsteps of his father, Marc Isambard Brunel, who was a successful engineer in his own right. After being educated in France the young Brunel returned to England and at the age of sixteen began working with his father, from that time onwards dedicating himself to engineering.
Although his career was extremely important to him, Brunel made time for his family. He married Mary Horsley in 1836 and they had three children but, even at home, he put his engineering skills to good use. Having accidentally swallowed a half-sovereign when performing a trick for his children, he hurriedly designed an apparatus which would swing his whole body upside down. Astonishingly, the invention was successful and the coin was dislodged.
Brunel's letters and journals give a fascinating insight into his character and the remarkable level of control that he exercised over every detail of his work.
Quite apart from the engineering aspects of his designs, he was also closely involved with the aesthetic features, such as choosing the colours of the Great Western Railway's carriages and selecting the appropriate architectural ornamentation. He was a driven man and combining this with his practical knowledge and creativity he became one of Britains greatest engineers.
The reverse designed by Rod Kelly is a picture of a section of the roof of Paddington Station with "Brunel" below and the date "2006" and denomination "Two Pounds", with the edge inscription "So Many Irons In The Fire".
The obverse features Ian Rank Broadley's mature, reflective portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
These legal tender coins have been struck to proof quality using specially prepared dies and highly polished blanks.

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