Elizabeth II D.G.REG.F.D.1997 FIFTY 50 Pence coin



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Condition : Used
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Location : Ampara

The 15th of February1971 was known as Decimalisation Day. UK coinage moved to a system of tens,with the traditional currency of shillings and farthings and crowns replaced byjust pounds and pence. Since then, several coins have undergone transformationsin size, weight, and material. The halfpenny was retired after 1984, the FivePence and Ten Pence both took new, smaller designs, and the One Pound coin hasbecome bimetallic. In 1997, it was the Fifty Pence that got a new design. Fromthe previous diameter of 30.00 milimetres and weight of 13.50 grams, the newsize had a diameter of 27.30 milimetres and weighed 8.00 grams. It maintainedthe same shape, and retained its title as the world’s first seven sided coin.To mark the release of the new version into circulation, The Royal Mint alsoreleased proof versions of the new coin in a collectors edition, including thisfantastic set of two coins, so you can compare the old and new versions. Bothcoins in the set carry the same design as the original decimal 50ps, featuringChristopher Ironside’s Britannia reverse of the warrior holding an olive branchand trident, with a shield and lion beside her. The denomination is writtenaround the edge. On the obverse, is Raphael Maklouf’s portrait of The Queen.The official effigy used on circulating coinage would change the following yearto that by Ian Rank-Broadley. 10,304 of these two coin sets were issued insilver proof, and yours will come in its original packaging from The Royal Mintwith certificate of authenticity. Both coins are comprised of .925 sterlingsilver and struck to proof quality, giving a greater finish and definition.

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