United Kingdom: Coin Fifty Pence 1997 (Small) - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Fifty Pence 1997 (Small)
CoinFifty Pence 1997 (Small)

The smaller version of the fifty pence coin was introduced in September 1997; the large version was demonetised the next year, 1998.

All circulation coins for 1997 were minted to the new standard. However, the uncirculated and proof mint sets issued this year had both the old and the new 50 pence pieces (109,557 brilliant uncirculated plus 48,761 proofs in the standard set and 31,987 in a red leather case).

Additionally, a small silver set was issued with both sizes in silver, listed in Spink with mintage of 10,304 (not in Krause).

MintRoyal Mint
Obverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1997 (Small) - obverse photo

Crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a pearl necklace, facing right (effigy known as the "Third Portrait"); incuse in tiny letters on neck truncation, the designer's initials RDM (for Raphael David Maklouf).

Around, the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1997. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith 1997.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1997
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1997 (Small) - reverse photo

A figure of Britannia, seated beside a lion, with a shield resting against her right side, holding a trident in her right hand and an olive branch in her left hand, with the figure 50 below (in exergue) and the value and denomination in words, FIFTY PENCE around above.

Reverse Inscription 50 FIFTY PENCE
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
Fifty Pence 1997 (Small): Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
In mint sets 109,557 (included in main number)
Proof FDC in standard case 48,761 (included in main number)
Proof FDC in red leather case 31,987 (included in main number)
Silver Proof FDC in 2-coin set 10,304 8.00 g., 0.925 Silver 0.2379 oz. ASW.
Silver Proof Piedfort FDC 7,192
Silver Proof FDC 1,632 8.00 g., 0.925 Silver 0.2379 oz. ASW.
Fifty Pence 1997 (Small): References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Mint 2016 Mint link
Royal Mint 2016 Mintage Circulation mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage Proof and sets mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties Proof, mint sets
All Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Fifty Pence (98)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Pence 1969 188,400,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1969
Fifty Pence 1970 19,461,500 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1970
Fifty Pence 1971 (Proof only) 350,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1971
Fifty Pence 1972 (Proof only) 150,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1972
Fifty Pence 1973 (EEC) 89,875,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Fifty Pence 1974 (Proof only) 100,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1974
Fifty Pence 1975 (Proof only) 100,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1975
Fifty Pence 1976 43,846,500 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1976
Fifty Pence 1977 49,729,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1977
Fifty Pence 1978 72,091,600 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1978
Fifty Pence 1979 58,761,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1979
Fifty Pence 1980 89,229,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1980
Fifty Pence 1981 74,105,000 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1981
Fifty Pence 1982 51,623,800 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1982
Fifty Pence 1983 63,569,804 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1983
Fifty Pence 1984 (Proof and mint sets only) 265,340 Portrait by Arnold Machin (Second Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1984
Fifty Pence 1985 962,493 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1985
Fifty Pence 1986 (Proof and mint sets only) 271,821 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1986
Fifty Pence 1987 (Proof and mint sets only) 261,084 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1987
Fifty Pence 1988 (Proof and mint sets only) 213,381 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1988
Fifty Pence 1989 (Proof and mint sets only) 163,273 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1989
Fifty Pence 1990 (Proof and mint sets only) 181,658 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1990
Fifty Pence 1991 (Proof and mint sets only) 130,119 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1991
Fifty Pence 1992 (Britannia, in sets only) 140,747 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1992
Fifty Pence 1992 (Single Market) 249,747 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1992
Fifty Pence 1993 (Proof and mint sets only) 123,025 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1993
Fifty Pence 1994 (D-Day) 6,950,212 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1994
Fifty Pence 1995 (Proof and mint sets only) 166,286 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1995
Fifty Pence 1996 (Proof and mint sets only) 154,082 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1996
Fifty Pence 1997 (Large, proof and sets only) 190,305 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1997
Fifty Pence 1997 (Small) 456,554,405 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1997
Fifty Pence 1998 64,466,362 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Fifty Pence 1998 (EU) 5,202,862 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Fifty Pence 1998 (NHS) 5,001,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Fifty Pence 1999 24,985,144 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
Fifty Pence 2000 28,105,719 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Fifty Pence 2000 (Public Libraries Act) 11,453,219 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Fifty Pence 2001 85,105,613 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2001
Fifty Pence 2002 24,028,809 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2002
Fifty Pence 2003 23,739,512 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2003
Fifty Pence 2003 (Suffragettes) 3,124,030 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2003
Fifty Pence 2004 35,315,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2004
Fifty Pence 2004 (Roger Bannister) 9,032,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2004
Fifty Pence 2005 25,363,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2005
Fifty Pence 2005 (Dictionary) 17,649,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2005
Fifty Pence 2006 24,567,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2006
Fifty Pence 2006 (VC - award) 12,087,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2006
Fifty Pence 2006 (VC - heroic acts) 10,000,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2006
Fifty Pence 2007 11,200,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2007
Fifty Pence 2007 (Scouting) 7,710,750 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2007
Fifty Pence 2008 (Ironside design) 3,500,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
Fifty Pence 2008 (Dent design) 22,747,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
Fifty Pence 2009 (Dent, proof and sets only) 40,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 (Britannia, proof only) unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 (Kew Gardens) 210,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2010 (Dent, proof and sets only) 43,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
Fifty Pence 2010 (Girl Guiding) 7,410,090 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
Fifty Pence 2011 (Dent, proof and sets only) 42,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (WWF) 3,400,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Aquatics) 2,179,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Archery) 3,345,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Athletics) 2,224,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Badminton) 2,133,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Basketball) 1,748,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Boccia) 2,166,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Boxing) 2,148,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Canoeing) 2,166,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Cycling) 2,090,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Equestrian) 2,142,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Fencing) 2,115,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Football) 1,125,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Goalball) 1,615,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Gymnastics) 1,720,813 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Handball) 1,676,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Hockey) 1,773,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Judo) 1,161,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Modern Pentathlon) 1,689,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Rowing) 1,717,300 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Sailing) 1,749,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Shooting) 1,656,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Table Tennis) 1,737,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Taekwondo) 1,664,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Tennis) 1,454,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Volleyball) 2,133,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Weightlifting) 1,879,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Wheelchair Rugby) 1,765,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Wrestling) 1,129,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 (London 2012 - Triathlon) 1,163,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2012 49,037,657 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2013 (Christopher Ironside) 7,000,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
Fifty Pence 2013 10,301,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
Fifty Pence 2013 (Benjamin Britten) 5,300,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · FIFTY PENCE 2013
Fifty Pence 2014 49,001,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
Fifty Pence 2014 (Commonwealth Games) 6,500,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
Fifty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 20,101,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2015
Fifty Pence 2015 (Battle of Britain, Fourth Portrait) unknown Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2015
Fifty Pence 2015 (Battle of Britain, Fifth Portrait) 5,900,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 · PENCE 2015 ·
Fifty Pence 2015 (Battle of Britain, no denomination) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015
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Fifty Pence 1997 (Small): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFifty Pence (Ironside design)
Issued1997
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait)
Face Value50 (x Penny)
CurrentYes
Mintage456,554,405 (456.6 million)
RarityC (Common)
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerChristopher Ironside
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon
Size (mm)27.3000
Thickness (mm)1.7800
Mass (g)8
Fifty Pence 1997 (Small): Photos
ImageDetails
Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 50 Pence, 1997
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Source
Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 50 Pence, 1997
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Fifty Pence 1997 (Small): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 940.2, 940.2a (Silver Proof)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4354
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# P24 (Silver Proof Piedfort)