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2021 Decimal Day Fifty Pence Gold Proof Coin 15 February Struck On The Day

DD21SOTD 2021 Decimal Day 50p Gold Proof Struck On The Day Boxed
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Gold proof Royal Mint UK 50p, struck on the 50th anniversary of Decimal Day: 15 February 2021. On 15 February 1971, the UK formally decimalised its currency, overturning a centuries old system in which the pound was made up of 20 shillings or 240 pence. Decimal Day was a major success for The Royal Mint, taking years of planning and the establishment of a new factory in Llantrisant, Wales. Fifty Years on in 2021, the Mint celebrated with a range of commemorative Fifty Pence pieces, issued to mark the occasion. These coins feature Jody Clark’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen to the obverse, in use since 2015. This is paired with a nostalgic reverse by graphic designer, Dominique Evans. Her creation takes inspiration from the designs of the old coins that were removed from circulation after 1971. A wren, the masts of the Golden Hind and the head of Britannia are instantly recognisable. This example - struck to proof standard in 15.50 grams of 22 carat gold - was minted on the anniversary of Decimal Day and comes from a limited edition presentation of just 700 pieces. It’s offered in its original box with a numbered certificate of authenticity signed by The Royal Mint’s Head of Production.
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Obverse

Fifth crowned portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark. Running continuously around the effigy:  'ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F· D · 50 PENCE · 2021'.

Reverse

Designed by Dominique Evans. In centre, a small seven-sided shape containing the inscription '1971 DECIMAL DAY'. Around, parts of the designs of British pre-decimal coins, clockwise: two shillings; shilling; wren farthing; brass threepence; sixpence; a ship-type halfpenny; the figure of Britannia from a penny.

Specification

15.50 grams of 22-carat gold. 27.30 millimetres diameter. Struck to proof standard. Face value: 50p / Fifty Pence.

Presentation

One of just 700 gold-proof 50ps struck on the 50th anniversary of Decimal Day: 15 February 1971. Comes in original presentation packaging from the Royal Mint with a signed and numbered certificate of authenticity enclosed.

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