50 Pence - Elizabeth II 4th portrait; Royal Shield

50 Pence - Elizabeth II (4th portrait; Royal Shield) -  obverse50 Pence - Elizabeth II (4th portrait; Royal Shield) -  reverse

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Features

Issuer United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 2008-2015
Value 50 Pence
0.50 GBP = USD 0.68
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 ↑↑
Number N# 5629
Numista type number (https://numista.com)
References KM# 1112,
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# H18
Emma Howard (editor); 2021. Coins of England & the United Kingdom : Pre-Decimal Issues (56th edition). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
And 1 more volumes.

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·2008
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

Lower section of the Royal Shield, denomination to lower segment

Lettering:
MD
FIFTY PENCE

Engraver: Matthew Dent

Matthew Dent (born in 1981 in Bangor, Wales) is a British graphic designer known for the new reverse sides of seven coins of the 2008 pound sterling. He conceived the coins by dividing the shield of the Royal coat of arms of the United Kingdom among the pence coins, so that when they are placed together they show the entire shield. The full shield appears on his pound coin.

Edge

Plain

50 Pence - Elizabeth II (4th portrait; Royal Shield) -  obverse

© Cyrillius

Comments

Introduced in 2008 when the small coinage designs were changed from the Emblems of Britain to the Royal Shield of Arms. The 2008 coin was issued part way through the year and so was not part of the annual coin sets, however it was issued in both a Brilliant Uncirculated set (Issue Limit: 100,000) and a Proof set (Issue Limit: 20,000) it was also issued in silver proof, silver piedfort, gold proof and platinum proof.

© The Royal Mint, 2008

The 2009, 2010, 2011 issues were not struck for circulation and can only be found in Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated sets.

The 2009 strike as well as being issued in the Annual Proof (35,257 sales) and Brilliant Uncirculated sets was also issued as part of the 16-piece set (1,039 sales) to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 50 pence denomination. This design was also struck in silver proof, gold proof and gold piedfort. Issue limit: 5,000.

©The Royal Mint, 2009

The 2015 strike was issued as part of the dual set to commemorate the change from the 4th portrait to the 5th and was also struck in silver proof, gold proof and platinum proof.

©The Royal Mint, 2015

(former Spink ref. 4620)

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Date Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC Frequency
2008  22 747 000 $ 1.02 $ 0.67 $ 0.66 $ 1.04 $ 1.51 $ 3.41 42%
2008  100 000 $ 6.32 1.1% BU
2008  20 000 1.2% Proof
2009  108 441 $ 16 3% BU
2009  36 296 $ 4.60 1.9% Proof
2010  69 189 $ 3.79 2% BU
2010  30 844 1.6% Proof
2011  56 007 $ 38 2% BU
2011  28 974 $ 89 1.5% Proof
2012  32 300 000 $ 0.66 $ 0.79 $ 0.67 $ 0.66 $ 0.68 $ 2.27 41%
2012  77 725 0.7% BU
2012  26 552 $ 5.30 1.2% Proof
2013  10 301 000 $ 0.64 $ 0.64 $ 0.66 $ 0.67 $ 0.66 $ 3.41 20%
2013  38 149 0.6% BU
2013  13 208 0.9% Proof
2014  49 001 000 $ 0.65 $ 0.64 $ 0.67 $ 0.73 $ 0.98 $ 1.02 $ 2.84 31%
2014  32 233 0.4% BU
2014  10 361 0.8% Proof
2015  20 101 000 $ 0.66 $ 0.65 $ 0.66 $ 0.68 $ 1.08 $ 0.66 $ 2.27 22%
2015  31 103 0.7% BU
2015  14 659 1.5% Proof

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