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Elizabeth II (1952 -), gold proof Fifty-Pence, 2005, struck in 22 carat gold for the 250th Anniversary of publication of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language, crowned bust right, IRB below for designer Ian Rank Broadley, Latin legend surrounding, ELIZABETH II D. G. REG. F. D.2005, rev. design by Tom Phillips of Entries from Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language for the words 'FIFTY' and 'PENCE', with the figure '50' above, and the inscription 'JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY 1755' below, 15.5g (S.H14). As struck, lustrous mint state, in original Royal Mint box with certificate of authenticity.


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