The obverse portrait of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley has been used on all UK coinage from 1998 to 2015 and is the fourth portrait of the Queen used on coinage. 

The reverse is by Matthew Bonaccorsi and shows an athlete holding a flying banner. The circle to the left of the athlete contains one of four different UK flags representing England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland . The Scotland reverse shows the St Andrew Saltire and the Welsh reverse has a very clear Welsh Dragon. The flags for England and Northern Ireland are very similar and can be hard to distinguish on used coins. The English flag is a plain cross of St George and the Northern Ireland flag is very similar but has a small crowned hand in the centre.

The 2002 commonwealth games were held in England to coincide with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. The 281 events over 17 sports were mainly hosted at the City of Manchester Stadium. 72 countries, territories and Commonwealth regions participated.

Edge reads: SPIRIT OF FRIENDSHIP MANCHESTER 2002

2002 England Commonwealth Games

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