50 Pence - Elizabeth II 3rd portrait; small type

50 Pence - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait; small type) -  obverse50 Pence - Elizabeth II (3rd portrait; small type) -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Year 1997
Value 50 Pence
0.50 GBP = 0.67 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 (7-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 940.2,
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date (14th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248979.
  • Thomas Michael (editor), Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1601-1700 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248573.
  • Thomas Michael (editor); 2016. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1701-1800 (7th edition). Krause Publications, Iola, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440247064.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1801-1900 (9th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248955.
  • Tracy L. Schmidt (editor); 2019. Standard Catalog of World Coins, 1901-2000 (47th edition). Krause Publications, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, USA. ISBN 9781440248962.
Sp# H7
  • Emma Howard (editor); 2020. Coins of England & the United Kingdom: Pre-Decimal Issues (55th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781912667536.
  • Geoff Kitchen (editor); 2020. Coins of England & the United Kingdom: Decimal Issues (6th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781912667215.

Obverse

Third crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II right, wearing the George IV State Diadem, legend around.

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II D·G·REG·F·D·1997
RDM

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

Engraver: Raphael David Maklouf

Raphael David Maklouf is a sculptor, best known for designing the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II used on the coins of many Commonwealth nations. Maklouf was born in Jerusalem emigrating with his family to the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He attended the Camberwell School of Art until 1958, afterward becoming an academic lecturer for ten years. He was made an Associate of the Royal Society of British Sculptors in 1979. Raphael Maklouf was born to a Jewish family. His father is Samuel Maklouf, born in Safed, Raphael Makouf's mother is Leonie Maklouf.

Reverse

A figure of Britannia seated beside a lion, with a shield resting against her right side, holding a trident in her right hand and an olive branch in her left, denomination below and legend above.

Lettering:
FIFTY PENCE
50

Engraver: Christopher Ironside

Christopher Ironside FSIA 1970, OBE 1971, FRBS 1977 was an English painter and coin designer, particularly known for the reverse sides of the new British coins issued on decimalisation in 1971.

Edge

Plain

Comments

As well as being issued for circulation, this design was also part of the Annual Coin Sets for 1997, in both Brilliant Uncirculated & Proof versions.


(former Spink ref. 4354)

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
1997  456,364,100 0.66 0.65 0.69 0.71 1.42 0.66 2.37 99%
1997  109,550 0.17% BU
1997  80,748 4.31 1.8% Proof

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