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1997 Old Large And New Smaller Definitive Britannia Fifty Pence Silver Proof 2 Coin Set

1997 Old and New 50p Set Silver Proof Boxed

Buy a 1997 Old Large And New Smaller Definitive Britannia Fifty Pence Silver Proof 2 Coin Set

The 15th of February 1971 was known as Decimalisation Day. UK coinage moved to a system of tens, with the traditional currency of shillings and farthings and crowns replaced by just pounds and pence. Since then, several coins have undergone transformations in size, weight, and material. The halfpenny was retired after 1984, the Five Pence and Ten Pence both took new, smaller designs, and the One Pound coin has become bimetallic. In 1997, it was the Fifty Pence that got a new design. From the previous diameter of 30.00 milimetres and weight of 13.50 grams, the new size had a diameter of 27.30 milimetres and weighed 8.00 grams. It maintained the same shape, and retained its title as the world’s first seven sided coin. To mark the release of the new version into circulation, The Royal Mint also released proof versions of the new coin in a collectors edition, including this fantastic set of two coins, so you can compare the old and new versions. Both coins in the set carry the same design as the original decimal 50ps, featuring Christopher Ironside’s Britannia reverse of the warrior holding an olive branch and trident, with a shield and lion beside her. The denomination is written around the edge. On the obverse, is Raphael Maklouf’s portrait of The Queen. The official effigy used on circulating coinage would change the following year to that by Ian Rank-Broadley. 10,304 of these two coin sets were issued in silver proof, and yours will come in its original packaging from The Royal Mint with certificate of authenticity. Both coins are comprised of .925 sterling silver and struck to proof quality, giving a greater finish and definition.
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Coins In Set

  • 1997 'Old' Large 50p Silver Proof
  • 1997 'New' Smaller 50p Silver Proof


Coin 1: 13.50 grams of .925 sterling silver, diameter 30.00 millimetres. Coin 2: 8.00 grams of .925 sterling silve, diameter 27.30 millimetres.


Coin comes in its original presentation packaging with certificate of authenticity. One of 10,304 in this format.


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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