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The standard British decimal Two Pound commemorative coins issued from 1986 to 1996, are made from a nickel-brass alloy.

The standard British decimal bimetal Two Pound general circulation coin issued from 1997 onwards, have a nickel-brass outer ring and cupro-nickel inner.

No British decimal general circulation coin contains any precious metal.

If you have a decimal Proof gold or silver coin, there will be a reference to the gold or silver content on the box it came in when you bought it, and a certificate of authenticity.

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