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50 Pence - Elizabeth II 4th portrait; Johnson's Dictionary

50 Pence - Elizabeth II (4th portrait; Johnson's Dictionary) -  obverse50 Pence - Elizabeth II (4th portrait; Johnson's Dictionary) -  reverse

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Features

Country United Kingdom
Queen Elizabeth II (1952-date)
Type Circulating commemorative coin
Years 2005-2009
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
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1050,
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)
Sp# H14
Coins of England & the United Kingdom
by Philip Skingley
(Spink)

Commemorative issue

250th anniversary of the publication of the first English dictionary

Obverse

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

Lettering:
ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·2005
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

Entries from Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language

Lettering:
.50.
FI'FTY.adj
.s.[ƑiƑtiʒ, Saxon.
PENCE. n. S.
plural of penny.
JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY 1755
TP

Engraver: Tom Phillips

Edge

Plain

Comments

The 2009 Proof strike was issued in sets to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the 50 pence denomination.
(former Spink ref. 4616)

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2005  17,649,000 0.65 0.98 0.85 0.85 1.16 1.16 3.12
2005  50,000 Proof
2009  5,000 Proof

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