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The Dutch, under nominal command of Lieutenant-Admiral Michiel de Ruyter, bombarded and then captured the town of Sheerness, sailed up the River Thames to Gravesend, then up the River Medway to Chatham in Kent, where they burned three capital ships and ten lesser naval vessels and towed away the HMS Unity and the HMS Royal Charles, pride and normal flagship of the English fleet.
This was subsequently removed in 1982.' So, all 2p coins pre-1982 should say New Pence, and all those post 1982 should say Two Pence.The town was burnt to the ground by the English on this occasion which would become known as "Holmes's Bonfire" after the English admiral Holmes, the Great Fire of London in the very same year was considered by some to have been God's retribution.The next year, in 1667, the Dutch under command of De Ruyter executed a retaliatory expedition, and dealt the English navy a heavy blow at the Raid on the Medway (also known as the Battle of Chatham), in effect ending the Second Anglo-Dutch War.The only 2p coins that Christopher Hill, director of coin auctioneer Dix Noonan Webb, was highlighting as being sold by them for between £500 and £700 are those from 1983 and with the words New Pence on them.(And that bad news also applies to This is Money's very own money saving guru Richard Browning who found three New Pence 2p coins, from 1971, 19, and wondered if he had turned up £2,100.) For those who are curious, here's the story behind the valuable 2p coins in more detail: In February 1971 decimal 2p coins were introduced as legal tender, along with the half penny and one penny coins.