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Named after the daily 10.00am London to Edinburgh rail service that started in 1862, Flying Scotsman was built in Doncaster in 1923 at a cost of £7,944. Designed by Sir Nigel Gresley, weighing 97 tonnes and measuring 70 feet in length, it was the first locomotive of the newly formed London and North Eastern Railway (LNER).

Selected to appear at the British Empire Exhibition in London in 1924, Flying Scotsman went on to appear at numerous LNER publicity events, which marked the beginning of its worldwide fame.

Honouring 100 Years of Flying Scotsman

To honour the centenary of Flying Scotsman, this set comprises a 2023 gold Proof coin struck to mark this special anniversary for the world-famous locomotive and a 1923 George V Sovereign.

Today, Flying Scotsman continues to break railway records as the oldest working locomotive on the UK’s mainline tracks. It also endures as a symbol of the great age of steam, representing British engineering at its best.


The Centenary of Flying Scotsman 2023 UK £2 Gold Proof Coin

Specification Value
Denomination £2
Weight 15.98 g
Diameter 28.40mm
Reverse Designer John Bergdahl
Obverse Designer Martin Jennings
Specification Value
Edge Inscription · LIVE FOR THE JOURNEY
Quality Proof
Year 2023
Pure Metal Type Gold

1923 George V Sovereign

Specification Value
Denomination Sovereign
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 7.980g
Diameter 22.05mm
Reverse Designer Benedetto Pistrucci
Specification Value
Obverse Designer Bertram Mackennal
Quality Circulating
Year 1923
Pure Metal Type Gold
Condition Very Fine
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