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2013 Benjamin Britten Fifty Pence Silver Proof Coin

UK13BBSP 2013 Benjamin Britten 50p Silver Proof Reverse
Benjamin Britten was one of the leading conductors, pianists and composers of the twentieth century. Despite suffering ill health as a result of childhood pneumonia, he composed numerous masterpieces during his life and is sometimes said to have revived English opera. From the famous ‘Peter Grimes’ in 1945 to ‘War Requiem in 1962, Britten’s works were considered the best English operas since the seventeenth century. His legacy continues today with the Aldeburgh Festival of Music and the Arts taking place every year in the town where Britten and his partner, Peter Pears, lived for many years. To celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Britten’s birth, The Royal Mint issued a special commemorative Fifty Pence in silver proof. Designed by artist and composer Tom Phillips, the reverse of the coin features a row of musical staves with ‘BENJAMIN BRITTEN. COMPOSER BORN 1913’ over the top. Lines from his works are featured above and below the lines of music: ‘BLOW BUGLE BLOW’ and ‘SET THE WILD ECHOES FLYING’. This striking design is paired on the obverse with Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, the fourth official effigy to be used on circulating coinage. One of only 717, this 50p is comprised of .925 sterling silver and has a diameter of 27.30 milimetres. It weighs 8.00 grams and is offered in its original presentation, a smart black box and white cardboard sleeve with certificate of authenticity.
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Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley. Fourth official effigy. Legend around: 'ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D · FIFTY PENCE · 2013'.


Musical staves with the words 'BENJAMIN BRITTEN' imposed on top. Also includes 'COMPOSER BORN 1913' in smaller font and several lines from his work. Artist: Tom Phillips.


Proof finish coin. 8.00 grams of .925 sterling silver. Diameter 27.30 millimetres. Face value 50p / Fifty Pence.


Only 717 were issued in this presentation. Offered in its original box with certificate of authenticity.


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