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2020 Brexit EU European Union Withdrawal Peace Prosperity And Friendship Fifty Pence Piedfort Gold Proof Coin

UK20BGPF 2020 Brexit EU European Union Withdrawal Peace Prosperity And Friendship Fifty Pence Piedfort Gold Proof Coin Boxed
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Pre-owned double-thickness 2020 gold proof piedfort Fifty Pence marking the official withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union. Piedfort coins are twice the size as their ordinary counterparts, making them a peculiar collector's item. Britain's membership of the EU was always a difficult and contentious topic in domestic politics since London joined in 1973. In a referendum in 2016 the British public voted narrowly to leave, by 52% to 48%, reversing the referendum result in 1975. Like the withdrawal process, this commemorative 50p had a turbulent history, with the coin having to be put back on the drawing board several times because the official withdrawal date was pushed back. Originally it was 29 March, 2019, then it was the 31 October, 2019. The Royal Mint actually struck over a million base metal coins with the latter date, which had to be melted down and recycled once it became obvious the withdrawal was to be pushed back again! It was third time lucky with the date of 31 January, 2020, which is visible on the reverse of this UK coin, alongside the quote 'Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations'. This calligraphic design was done by Thomas Docherty, and the quote interestingly comes from Thomas Jefferson's inaugural address as US President. The obverse shows Jody Clark's portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, which is her fifth official UK coin portrait. The coin's specifications are a weight of 31.00 grams of 22 carat gold, with a diameter of 27.30 millimetres. It's offered in the original Royal Mint box with certificate and information booklet, full of interesting facts about the UK and the EU. Limited edition of only 1,000: a perfect gift for any eurosceptic, or cheeky gift for any europhile!
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Queen Elizabeth II, facing to the right. Lettering: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020'. Designed by Jody Clark.


Designed by Thomas Docherty. Thomas Jefferson's quote of 'Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations' and the date '31 January 2020' underneath it.


Total weight: 31.00 grams. Diameter: 27.30 millimetres. Face Value: 50p / Fifty Pence. Finish: proof. Actual gold weight: 0.9137 troy ounces


Pre-owned coin, issued in the original Royal Mint packaging, which consists of a presentation box and certificate of authenticity. Limited edition of 1,000 coins.


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