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1998 European Union 50p Silver Proof

UKEUSP 1998 European Union 50p Silver Proof Reverse
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In the first half of 1998, the United Kingdom held the Presidency of the European Union with then Prime Minister Tony Blair acting as President of the European Council. That same year marked the 25th anniversary of the date that the UK joined the European Union on 1 January 1973, transitioning from the role of an important neighbour the political and economic union to a leading member state. At the same time, the UK joined the European Economic Community that would eventually be absorbed into the EU. This Fifty Pence piece celebrates the presidency and the anniversary with a design by John Mills that shows the twelve stars that appear on the flag of Europe, the official symbol used by the European Union and the Council of Europe. This was the first commemorative 50p design issued after the denomination was resized the previous year. Before 1997, Fifty Pence coins measured 30.00 millimetres in diameter and weighed 13.50 grams. Afterwards, these coins had a diameter of 27.30 millimetres and a weight of 8.00 grams. This smaller example is offered in 8.00 grams of .925 sterling silver. It’s finished to proof standard with multiple strikes of specially prepared dies. One of just 8,440 issued, you’ll receive your silver 1998 EU 50p in its original presentation case with a certificate of authenticity enclosed.
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Obverse

Ian Rank-Broadley's fourth definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998'.

Reverse

Twelve stars of the European Union with 'EU' at base and 25th anniversary dates either side: '1973' and '1998'. '50 PENCE' below. Artist: John Mills.

Specification

8.00 grams of .925 sterling silver. Finished to flawless proof standard. Diameter: 27.30 millimeters.

Presentation

8,859 of these silver proof coins were issued in the year 1998. This one is presented in its original packaging from The Royal Mint with a certificate of authenticity.

Condition

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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