United Kingdom: Coin Fifty Pence 1998 (EU) - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Fifty Pence 1998 (EU)
CoinFifty Pence 1998 (EU)

Commemorating the United Kingdom’s twenty-fifth anniversary of EU membership and presidency of the Council of Ministers, John Mills’ celebratory reverse design features the twelve stars of the European Union with the letters "EU" between the anniversary dates "1973" and "1998", and the value '50 PENCE' below.

The United Kingdom's entry into the European Economic Community in 1973 was marked by the issue of a commemorative fifty pence coin. Since then the fifty pence has become the 'European' coin, chosen again in 1992/93 to mark two further historic European Union events; the United Kingdom's Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the completion of the Single European Market. This 1998 coin commemorates 25 years of the United Kingdom's membership and its six-month Presidency of the European Union.

The mint sets of the year contained both this (Britannia type) and the EU commemorative 50 pence coins. Separately, a set with the two fifty pence coins only (Britannia and EU) was issued, with unlisted mintage.

MintRoyal Mint
Obverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1998 (EU) - obverse photo

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith 1998.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1998 (EU) - reverse photo

A celebratory arrangement of twelve stars reflecting the European flag with the letters EU between the anniversary dates 1973 and 1998, and the value 50 PENCE below.

Reverse Inscription 50 PENCE
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
Fifty Pence 1998 (EU): Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
In 9-coin mint sets 96,192 (included in main number)
Proof FDC in standard case 36,907 (included in main number)
Proof FDC in red leather case 26,763 (included in main number)
Silver Proof 8,859 8.00 g., 0.925 Silver 0.2379 oz. ASW, 27.3 mm.
Silver Proof Piedfort 8,440
Gold Proof 1,177 Listed in Spink only, not in Krause.
Fifty Pence 1998 (EU): References to Information Used
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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 (Dent design) 22,747,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
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 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 1998 (EU): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFifty Pence (One year types)
Issued1998
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Face Value50 (x Penny)
CurrentYes
Mintage5,202,862 (5.2 million)
RarityC (Common)
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerJohn Mills
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon
Size (mm)27.3000
Thickness (mm)1.7800
Mass (g)8
Fifty Pence 1998 (EU): Photos
ImageDetails
Great Britain 1998 50 pence KM-992
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Notes: Gold Proof.
Source
Great Britain 1998 50 pence KM-992
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Notes: Gold Proof.
Source
Fifty Pence 1998 (EU): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 992, 992a (Silver Proof)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4611
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# P28 (Silver Proof Piedfort)