The UK 50p Gold Proof Collection

The UK 50p Gold Proof Collection Box
The UK 50p Gold Proof Collection Box (image supplied by M J Hughes Coins)

One of the stars of this month’s Midland Coin Fair was undoubtedly the UK 50p Gold Proof Collection. It’s a collection of 16 gold proof fifty-pence pieces and was issued by the Royal Mint in 2009 to commemorate 40 years of the 50p piece.

The UK 50p Gold Proof Collection contains the 16 different designs issued on the 50p piece from 1969 to 2009. All 16 coins are made of 22 carat (91.67%) gold and weigh 15.5 grams each.

Reverse Designs

The reverses are based on the coin issued between 1969 to 2009, but note that each coin is dated 2009.

The UK 50p Gold Proof Collection Reverse
The UK 50p Gold Proof Collection Reverse (image supplied by M J Hughes Coins)

 

Year of Design Description
1969 onwards – Seated Britannia x2
1973 EEC Hands
1992-1993 UK Presidency EEC
1994 D-Day Landings
1998 NHS
1998 EEC Anniversary
2000 British Libraries
2003 Suffragettes
2004 4 Minute Mile
2005 Samuel Johnson Dictionary
2006 Heroic Acts
2006 Victoria Cross
2007 Scouts
2008 Royal Shield of Arms
2009 Kew Gardens

British Fifty Pence (50p)

The British Fifty Pence (50p) is a 7-sided coin that was introduced in October 1969 as part of the decimalisation of the British currency. It replaced the 10 shilling note, both being equivalent to half of one pound (£0.50). It was resized in 1997.

 

The UK 50p Gold Proof Collection Obverse
The UK 50p Gold Proof Collection Obverse (image supplied by M J Hughes Coins)

The Sets are Rare – and Expensive

Just 125 set of the UK 50p Gold Proof Collection were issued by the Royal Mint, so this set is rare and can be difficult to source. It contains over 227 g of pure gold, so you can image this set is also very expensive and you can expect to pay 5-figure amounts for these.

Sets are housed in a wooden box and have a numbered Certificate of Authenticity (COA).

The set shown is being sold by M J Hughes Coins and we thank Max Hughes for permission to use the images.

The UK 50p Gold Proof Collection Box
The UK 50p Gold Proof Collection Box(image supplied by M J Hughes Coins)
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