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1973 European Economic Community Fifty Pence Proof Coin In Case

1973 European Economic Community 50p Proof in Case Boxed
Proof finish 1973 EEC 50p in its original presentation case. This was the first commemorative Fifty Pence and it was issued to celebrate the United Kingdom joining the European Economic Community. Founded in 1957, the EEC brought economic cooperation between member states and was eventually absorbed into the European Union. The reverse of this coin features nine hands, joined in a circle, representing the fact that the UK was the ninth country to join. Look carefully and you can see that one hand is smaller and more feminine than the others, perhaps representing Her Majesty the Queen. The obverse features the second definitive coinage portrait of Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin. Coins with this same design did circulate - you might still find them in your change. This edition, however, has a finer proof finish. Intended for collectors, proof coins are struck multiple times with hand finished dies for a high-definition appearance that allows you to appreciate the design as the artist intended. In other respects this coin conforms to the standard specifications of Fifty Pence coins at the time it was struck. Somewhat larger than a modern 50p, this coin has a diameter of 30.00 millimetres and a weight of 13.5 grams. It’s composed of cupronickel. The finish is protected by the original leatherette presentation case. No certificate of authenticity was included with this issue and the coins were not enclosed within capsules. Please be aware that these are pre-owned coins and may display toning, milk spots and minor scratches, commensurate with age.
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Arnold Machin’s second definitive portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·'.


Nine hands joined in a circle. '1973 50 PENCE' in centre. Artist: David Wynne.


Proof coin. Old-style 13.50 gram cupronickel coin with larger diameter of 30.00 millimetres. Face value: 50p / Fifty Pence.


Comes in original presentation case with no capsule (as issued). No certificate enclosed.


The images provided of this product are stock photos. The coin you receive will be from the same issue and will have the same specifications. Some modern UK coins naturally develop toning or milk spots over time and these features may be present on the coin you receive. We cannot exchange coins displaying toning or milkspots.


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