Fifty Pounds 2016 Shakespeare, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Fifty Pounds 2016 Shakespeare, Coin from United Kingdom
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The Fifty Pounds (£50) coin is a non-circulating legal tender (NCLT) denomination issued by the Royal Mint - and sold at face value - since 2016.

The format is used to mark special occasions or themes and is not intended for general circulation - which is served by a banknote of the same value instead. The coins are legal tender, but contrary to popular belief this does not mean that banks and retailers automatically have to accept them (in practice, they do not accept them).

This commemorative £50 silver coin marks 400 years since the death of William Shakespeare.

"The Royal Mint is proud to strike a range of coins which celebrate every aspect of the man and his timeless words. These coins have been endorsed by world-leading experts at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and are the only official United Kingdom coins to mark this anniversary. This £50 coin is struck in fine silver to Brilliant Uncirculated standard."

William Shakespeare, also known as The Bard of Avon, was perhaps the greatest writer who ever lived, a national icon and titan of English literature. His works remain as relevant and compelling today as they were when they were first performed during Tudor times. His is a treasure trove of theatrical masterpieces; their craft, wit and brilliance transcends the ages.

This is the second £50 coin issued by the Royal Mint in this format, which is slightly different from the one ounce in silver. It is in Brilliant Uncirculated grade, presented in a card, Royal Mint product code: UK16SP50_1, issue price £50.00 (i.e. sold at face value).

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage14,948
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 50 POUNDS ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pounds 2016 Shakespeare - reverse photo

Within a central circle, two theatrical masks - one symbolising tragedy, one comedy. In the lower right field, the artist's initials JB (for John Bergdahl).

Around above, the inscription WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE; below, separated from it by two rose flowers, the date of issue 2016.

Reverse Inscription WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 2016
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Fifty Pounds 2016 Shakespeare: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFifty Pounds
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value50 (x Pound)
Total Mintage14,948
CurrentYes
Material0.999 Silver
DesignerJohn Bergdahl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size34.000 mm
Mass31.000 g
OCC IDYRVP-EVRC-NAWL-EDQG
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