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50 Pence - Elizabeth II 4th portrait; NHS Anniversary

50 Pence - Elizabeth II (4th portrait; NHS Anniversary) -  obverse50 Pence - Elizabeth II (4th portrait; NHS Anniversary) -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Years 1998-2009
Value 50 Pence
0.50 GBP = 0.65 USD
Currency Pound sterling (decimalized, 1971-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 8 g
Diameter 27.3 mm
Thickness 1.78 mm
Shape Equilateral curve heptagon
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 996,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# H10
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Commemorative issue

50th anniversary of the National Health Service

Obverse

Fourth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland tiara, legend around.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·1998
IRB

Translation: Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God Queen Defender of the Faith (Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensatrix)

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

A pair of hands set against a pattern of radiating lines.

Lettering:
NHS NHS NHS NHS NHS
FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY
50 PENCE
DC

Engraver: David Cornell

Edge

Plain

Comments

The 2009 Proof strike was issued in sets to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 50 pence denomination.
(former Spink ref. 4612)

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1998  5,001,000 0.76 0.77 0.77 1.53 2.40 2.27 2.27 98%
1998  0.2% BU
1998  1.0% Proof
2009  5,000 1.8% Proof

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