Christopher Ironside, one of the twentieth century’s greatest numismatic artists created the reverse designs for Britain’s new decimal coinage. The 50p’s design was debated most intensely, until finally Ironside’s Britannia triumphed over his Royal Arms. For the centenary of his birth, Ironside’s Royal Arms adorns this silver Piedfort coin, its magnificent double-thickness struck to Proof quality. There could be no better coin for such a fitting tribute.
In 2013 we celebrate the centenary of the birth of one of the twentieth century’s most successful numismatic artists, Christopher Ironside. His Royal Arms design, much admired by The Royal Mint Advisory Committee but never struck, adorns this special 50p coin. What greater tribute could there be than a design created by Ironside himself, taken from the vaults straight to the hands of our collectors? With only 1,500 released, this is a chance to enhance even the most comprehensive of collections. And what an exclusive coin – the superb quality of the Piedfort, a fine example of The Royal Mint’s craftsmanship. For this 50p undoubtedly marks a momentous moment in Britain’s decimal history.
Your coin is presented in a sophisticated case, complete with Certificate of Authenticity. Struck to resplendent Proof standard, on a double-thickness blank, your coin is accompanied with a booklet that tells the story not only of its designer, but also the fascinating tale behind the coin. Discover Ironside’s rise, explore the challenges of the decimalisation project and the intriguing story of the many designs produced, honed and forgotten, all in absolute secrecy!