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2000 Public Libraries Act 50p Silver Proof

UKPLSP 2000 Public Libraries Act 50p Silver Proof Boxed
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This Fifty Pence piece celebrates the 150th anniversary of the Public Libraries Act. Passed in 1850, this act of parliament gave local councils the power to set up free libraries. The Public Libraries Act grew out of a movement to improve access to education and information for all. Thousands of libraries open today in the UK can trace their origins back to this landmark piece of legislation and the political movement that created it. The reverse of this commemorative libraries 50p is the work of sculptor Mary Milner Dickens. Her design shows a book, its pages turning, which forms the roof of a neoclassical library with a columned front. Between cornice and architrave are the words ‘PUBLIC LIBRARIES’. The anniversary dates - ‘1850’ and ‘2000’ - are featured above. ’50 PENCE’ appears within the pages of the book. Dickens is also the artist responsible for the 2003 Suffragettes 50p and the 2001 Death of Queen Victoria £5 Crown. Her libraries design is paired with Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, used on British coins between 1998 and 2015. This example is struck in 8.00 grams of .925 silver. It has the same diameter as a regular 50p that you might find in your change but boasts a proof finish. Designed for collectors, proof coins are struck multiple times with specially prepared dies. Only 7,634 of these silver Libraries Fifty Pence pieces were issued. This example is offered in its original presentation packaging with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
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Obverse

Ian Rank-Broadley's fourth definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F· D · 2000'.

Reverse

Open book making the roof of a pillared library. 'PUBLIC LIBRARIES' above columns, '50 PENCE' in leaves of book and anniversary dates above ('· 1850 · 2000 ·'). Artist: Mary Milner Dickens

Specification

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

Presentation

7,634 of these coins were issued in the year 2000. This one is presented in its original packaging from The Royal Mint.

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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