£2: Wireless Transmission

Mintage: 4,558,000

Years of issue: 2001 Information: In 1901, Guglielmo Marconi, an Italian physicist, succeeded in sending the first radio transmission across the Atlantic Ocean, disproving theories that the curvature of the earth would limit the transmission to 200 miles or less. The message - simply containing the Morse code signal for the letter 's' - travelled more than 2,000 miles from Poldhu in Cornwall to Newfoundland in Canada and won him worldwide fame and a Nobel Prize in physics in 1909.

Edge Inscription: WIRELESS BRIDGES THE ATLANTIC...MARCONI 1901...