1998 European Union 50p circulated



Coin will arrive in circulated condition

About This Design

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.

Issued 1998
Diameter 27.30mm
Weight 8.00g
Thickness 1.78mm
Composition Cupro-nickel
(75% copper, 25%
Obverse Designer Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
1998 – Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Reverse Designer John Mills
Edge Plain
Mintage 5,043,000*


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