27 Jan 2015
The Royal Mint has revealed when the fifth coinage portrait of Her Majesty The Queen will be unveiled
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Traditionally, silver Piedfort coins were issued as gifts for princes, and today are still only issued occasionally. It is fitting, therefore, that the 50p coin commemorating the 100th anniversary of Benjamin Britten has been issued as a Piedfort. Struck up to three times using hand-polished dies the detail can be seen with astonishing clarity.
The harmonious typographical design celebrates Britten’s work with words from one of his works. Sure to appeal to music lovers and coin collectors, it is first time a composer has featured on a UK coin and the first 50p to show both date and denomination on the obverse.
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A lovely coin great workmanship. Only 1000 made and I now have 2 of them.
I have enjoyed collecting 50 pence pieces and this is an excellent addition to my collection. Lovely design.