1973 UK's accession to the European Economic Community



Issued 1973
Diameter 30mm
Weight 13.5g
Composition 75% copper, 25% nickel (referred to as cupro-nickel)
Obverse Arnold Machin
Reverse David Wynne
Edge Plain
Inscription Fifty pence
Mintage 89,775,000

Design details:

The 1973 50p piece was the very first commemorative coin since decimalisation. It was introduced to celebrate the UK's accession to the European Economic Community. It features nine hands clasping each other in a circle, symbolising the nine member states of the community. David Wynne designed the coin, and it is intended to represent the trust, assistance and friendship which comes with EEC membership.

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