50 Pence - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait; Entry into EEC

50 Pence - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait; Entry into EEC) -  obverse50 Pence - Elizabeth II (2nd portrait; Entry into EEC) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Year 1973
Value 50 Pence (0.50 GBP)
Currency Pound sterling (decimalized, 1971-date)
Composition Copper-nickel
Weight 13.5 g
Diameter 30 mm
Thickness 2.3 mm
Shape Equilateral curve heptagon (7-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 28 February 1998
Number N# 1382
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 918,
Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins / 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA.
And 4 more volumes.
Sp# H2
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 1 more volumes.

Commemorative issue

Entry into the European Economic Community

Obverse

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)

Engraver: Arnold Machin

Arnold Machin O.B.E., R.A. was a British artist, sculptor, coin and stamp designer.

Reverse

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.

Lettering:
1973
50
PENCE

Engraver: David Wynne

David Wynne OBE was a British sculptor of figures, animals and portraits. Born in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, son of Commander Charles Edward Wynne and Millicent, he was educated at Stowe School and then served in the Royal Navy during World War II and read Zoology at Trinity College, Cambridge, taking up sculpture professionally in 1950.

Edge

Plain

Comments

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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1973  89 775 000 $ 0.72 $ 0.65 $ 0.77 $ 1.13 $ 1.36 $ 2.64 $ 1.98 97%
1973  $ 4.52 6% Proof

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