This is the 2021 50th Anniversary of Decimal Day Silver Proof Fifty Pence Coin. The coin celebrates 50 years since the UK switched to decimal coinage.
The reverse design features overlapping pre-decimal coins, while the obverse bears the fifth coinage portait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark.
This silver proof coin is struck from 0.925 sterling silver and has a proof finish. It comes in a presentation box.
The coin has a mintage of 6,710 and a limited edition presentation of 6,000.
Decimal Day, the day in which the UK switched from £sd to decimal coinage, took place on 15th February 1971. The government prepared for the massive change by withdrawing some denominations of coins and notes prior to the 1971 launch day. They also introduced fifty pence coins a couple of years earlier, in 1969.
In order to acquaint the general public to the new denominations of coins, special packs were issued featuring the new half penny, penny, two pence, five pence and 10 pence coins.
The obverse features the Jody Clark coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
Interestingly, the Decimal Day 50p coins in the 2021 Annual Coin Set feature the second coinage portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin.
The reverse was designed by Royal Mint graphic designer, Dominique Evans. The design shows overlapping sections of pre-decimal coins, including a florin (two shilling), shilling, sixpence, threepence, penny, half penny and farthing. The centre of the coin says:
1971 DECIMAL DAY
|Silver Weight Troy Ounces
|Fineness / Carat
|Elizabeth II (1952-2022)
|Mint / Brand
|The Royal Mint
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