50 Pence - Elizabeth II Johnson's Dictionary; Gold Proof

50 Pence - Elizabeth II (Johnson's Dictionary; Gold Proof) -  obverse50 Pence - Elizabeth II (Johnson's Dictionary; Gold Proof) -  reverse

© The Royal Mint, 2005


Issuer United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Non-circulating coin
Years 2005-2009
Value 50 Pence
0.50 GBP = USD 0.68
Currency Pound sterling (decimalized, 1971-date)
Composition Gold (.9167)
Weight 15.5 g
Diameter 27.3 mm
Shape Equilateral curve heptagon (7-sided)
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Number N# 275323
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 1050b,
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# H14
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

250th anniversary of the publication of the first English dictionary

Series: 40th anniversary of the 50p


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


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.


Entries from Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, defining the denomination in words.

.s.[ƑiƑtiʒ, Saxon.
PENCE. n. S.
plural of penny.

Engraver: Tom Phillips

Tom Phillips (born 25 May 1937) is an English artist. He was born in London, where he continues to work. He is a painter, printmaker and collagist. He is a member of the Royal Academy since 1989 and designed a Royal Mint commemorative five-pound coin for the 50th anniversary of the 1953 coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.




Released individually in 2005 while also being struck in copper-nickel, silver proof and silver piedfort. The coin was re-issued in 2009 as part of the 16-piece set (70 sales) to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 50 pence denomination. The 2009 issue was also struck in copper-nickel, silver proof and gold piedfort. Issue limit: 70.

©The Royal Mint, 2009

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Date Mintage VG F VF XF AU UNC
2005  584 Proof
2009  70 Proof

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