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Re: UK Decimals: Legend Variations on the 50p Coins
« Reply #15 on: March 22, 2017, 12:47:19 AM »
And Finally.... Small Size Obverse 2b (Modified?)



Compared with Obverse 1c





Not worthy of even a sub-number but deserves a mention.  The 2015 Battle of Britain commemorative was issued in year sets before the Jody Clark portrait was unveiled.  Presumably never intended to circulate with the Rank-Broadley portrait, the Royal Mint took the liberty of using the former standard Obverse 2b for one last time. Perhaps not happy with Obverse 4, which was the one that should have been used for this coin, the choice of Obverse 2b meant that the coin was denomination-less as it didn't appear on the reverse design either.

However, some form of modification was made to the lettering as, compared with the standard Obverse 2c used elsewhere in the same sets for the Dent version, there are some differences. As with comparing Obverse 2b with 2a, it requires a study of one or two characters. The date is where the differences are most obvious, particularly on the "2" or "5". 

In an earlier version of this topic, <k> created the two separate photos of the dates. It is the commemorative that is at odds (second photo, with blue surround); the standard one resembles previous 2a, 2b and 2c lettering.  The font is the same but it appears to have been altered.

 
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UK Decimals: Legend Variations on the 50p Coins
« Reply #16 on: March 22, 2017, 08:35:19 PM »
And Finally (2).... 2009 40th Anniversary Proof Set



In 2009, the Royal Mint marked the 40th anniversary of the introduction of the 50p coin with special proof sets in base metal proof and silver proof.  This set united the 16 reverse designs that the 50p had carried up until that point.  Both versions of the Britannia reverse were included as well as all three commemoratives from the large 50p era, reproduced for the first time on the smaller coin.

Obverse 2b was used for 14 of the coins, with a 2009 date, with 2c for the Dent and Obverse 3 for Kew Gardens.  Any dates that appeared on the reverse designs were left intact.  The 1973 Ring of Hands design became a Ring of Arms, with the frosted proof finish featured on this design for the first time.  Pictured are the four designs that previously only featured on the large-size coin, together with another coin to show the common obverse.

It doesn't really belong in this topic, which is concerned with obverses rather than reverse designs, but has been added as a footnote.

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UK Decimals: Legend Variations on the 50p Coins
« Reply #17 on: February 18, 2018, 10:00:11 PM »
And Finally (3).... Small Size Obverse 5b - corrected

The Isaac Newton design is re-used in 2018 exclusively for the Royal Mint Experience “I Struck This Coin”.  The missing middle dot from the 2017 version is restored.



Note:  The circle that shows on this photo is a frame in the plastic, even though it has the seven-sided shape.

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Re: UK Decimals: Legend Variations on the 50p Coins
« Reply #18 on: February 19, 2018, 12:00:43 AM »
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