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 struck on the anniversary of Decimal Day. This ‘Struck on the Day’ status is confirmed on its NGC holder which grades this piece as a faultless PF 70 Ultra Cameo with the additional ‘First Releases’ designation indicating that this coin was submitted for grading within 30 days of issue. Your gold-proof Decimal Day 50p will bear the same grade but may have a different cert number to the item pictured.
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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'.
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.
15.50 grams of 22 carat gold. 27.30 millimetres diameter. Struck to proof standard.
One of only 700 issued in this presentation. Graded PF 70 Ultra Cameo by NGC indicating a flawless, high-contrast finish. Additional 'First Releases' and 'Struck on the Day' designations. Certificate number in images may not match the coin you receive though the grade will be the same.
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Elizabeth II (1952-2022)
50p / Fifty Pence
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Grade: PF 70 Ultra Cameo Struck on the Day by NGC
Gold proof Fifty Pence coin
Celebrates fifty years since Decimal Day in 1971
15.50 grams of 22-carat gold
Diameter of 27.30 millimetres
Face value: 50p / Fifty Pence
Obverse: Jody Clark's portrait of Elizabeth II
Reverse: old money inspired design by Dominique Evans
From a limited edition of just 700 coins
Graded PF 70 Ultra Cameo by NGC
Additional 'Struck on the Day' and 'First Releases' designations
Steeped in more than 1,100 years of history, The Royal Mint supplies all of the United Kingdom's coinage as well as currency for nations around the world. Renown for craftsmanship and thoughtful design, The Royal Mint also produces commemorative coins, favoured by investors and collectors.
A Millennia of Minting
Founded in the reign of Alfred the Great, around the year 886, The Royal Mint was originally one of several mints which were centralised to London in 1279. For more than 800 years the Mint was based at the Tower of London before moving to Royal Mint Court where it remained until the 1960s.
The Royal Mint has always been on the forefront of economic, technical and artistic innovation. Its skilled craftsmen minted coins that would reach the far corners of the British Empire, establishing the image and reputation of Britain for all whose pockets they ended up in.
In 2010 The Royal Mint became a limited company owned by Her Majesty’s Treasury. In recent years the Mint has struck medals for the 2012 London Olympic Games and opened a visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, in Llantrisant, Wales: the current home of The Royal Mint.
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The Royal Mint's commemorative and bullion coins – often minted to mark important national events and anniversaries – are not intended for circulation. They might look like ordinary coins but they are generally worth much more, thanks to their scarcity, finish and composition.
Most commemorative coins produced by The Royal Mint are available in a range of striking standards including Gold Proof, Silver Proof, Brilliant Uncirculated and Bullion. Some are also available in collectors sets. Gold and Silver Proof coins are minted in small numbers, making them rare and desirable.
The Royal Mint's commemorative coins are both VAT-free and Capital Gains Tax (CGT) exempt, making them an attractive and valuable investment. Whether you are diversifying your investments or simply appreciate world-class design, commemorative coins from The Royal Mint are a great buy.
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'Struck on the day' coins are commemorative coins minted on a particular event or anniversary. For instance, The Royal Mint has issued struck on the day Sovereigns to mark royal marriages and births as well as jubilees. These coins are offered in limited numbers, often with a brilliant uncirculated finish.
'Struck on the day' coins can command higher prices than their general issue counterparts. These coins are minted on the day of an important event or anniversary in very limited numbers. Though struck on the day Sovereigns are usually issued in BU they often have a value comparable to a proof coin.
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