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50 Pence - Elizabeth II 4th portrait; European Union

50 Pence - Elizabeth II (4th portrait; European Union) -  obverse50 Pence - Elizabeth II (4th portrait; European Union) -  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# 992,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# H9
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Commemorative issue

25th anniversary of UK membership in the E.U.

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

Celebratory pattern of twelve stars representing the 12 members of the Union, with the dates 1973 and 1998. This coin commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union, and also its six-month Presidency of the Council of Ministers in the first half of the year.

Lettering:
1973 EU 1998
50 PENCE
JWM

Engraver: John Mills

Edge

Plain

Comments

The 2009 Proof strike was issued in sets to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 50 pence denomination.
(former Spink ref. 4611)

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1998  5,043,000 0.81 0.71 0.71 1.28 1.73 2.01 2.18 97%
1998  100,000 11.00 4% Proof
2009  5,000 2% Proof

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