Elizabeth II (1952-date)
|Type||Circulating commemorative coin|
|Value||50 Pence (0.50 GBP)|
|Currency||Pound sterling (decimalized, 1971-date)|
|Shape||Equilateral curve heptagon (7-sided)|
|Orientation||Medal alignment ↑↑|
Entry into the European Economic Community
Second 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∙
Translation: Elizabeth the Second by the Grace of God Queen Defender of the Faith (Elizabeth II Dei Gratia Regina Fidei Defensatrix)
Denomination below date surrounded by circle of nine hands, symbolising the nine members of the EEC, clasping one another in a mutual gesture of trust, assistance and friendship.
Issued to commemorate the United Kingdom joining the European Economic Community which at the time had 9 members, the coin was the first commemorative 50p struck for circulation. The coin was also issued in the Annual Proof set for 1973 (100,000 sales) as well as individually cased (no sales data).
The design originally had 10 hands however with the withdrawal of Norway from the EEC the coin had to be redesigned, possibly why one hand is smaller than the others. A small number of silver piedforts were issued to officials in commemoration.
The coin was reissued in 2009 with Ian Rank Broadley's fourth portrait as part of the 16-piece sets to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 50 pence denomination.
(former Spink ref. 4224)
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