25th Anniversary of the United Kingdom's accession to the EEC



Issued 1998
Diameter 27.30mm
Weight 8g
Composition 75% copper, 25% nickel (referred to as cupro-nickel)
Obverse Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse John Mills
Edge Plain
Inscription 50 pence
Mintage 5,043,000

Design details:

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.

text source and credit The Royal Mint.