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1998 NHS 50p Gold Proof

UKNHSGP 1998 NHS 50p Gold Proof Reverse
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Just 651 issued! It’s hard to imagine what Britain was like before the establishment of the National Health Service. The UK’s publicly-funded healthcare system was launched in 1948 with three core principles: that it should meet the needs of all Brits, that care should be free at the point of delivery and that its services be based on clinical need, not the ability to pay. The architect of the scheme which came into being as part of a raft of post-war social reforms, was Labour Health Minister, Aneurin Bevan. Today, the NHS sees more than a million patients a day and is the fifth largest employer in the world. Issued for the 50th anniversary of the National Health Service, this Fifty Pence was designed by David Cornell. He’s probably most famous among coin collectors for the £5 Crown he designed after the death of Princess Diana. His NHS reverse design shows light radiating from a pair of cupped hands. The words ‘FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY’ appear above with ’50’ between the hands and ‘PENCE’ below. The NHS logo appears five times around the top of the design. The obverse shows the fourth official coinage portrait of her majesty the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley, introduced in this year. This 50p is made of 15.50 grams of 22 carat gold. It’s got the same dimensions as the seven-sided coins you’ll find in your change, including a diameter of 27.30 millimetres (reduced the year before). It comes in its original presentation box from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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Obverse

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley. Fourth official effigy. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 1998'.

Reverse

Design by David Cornell of a pair of open hands with rays of light emitting from them. Inside the inner circle is also 'FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY' while around the rim the initials NHS are repeated five times, once for each decade of the service, along with the denomination. 

Specification

15.50 grams of 22 carat gold. Diameter 27.30 millimetres. Face value 50p / Fifty Pence.

Presentation

One of a total of just 651 in this format. Offered in its original packaging with certificate of authenticity.

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