Great Britain 2008 50 pounds Fr-500

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from Stack's Bowers 2016 ANA sale, part of lot 20649
photo courtesy Stack's Bowers LLC

This specimen was part of lot 20649 in Stack's Bowers ANA sale (Anaheim, CA, August 2016), where it sold for $2,585. The catalog description[1] noted, "GREAT BRITAIN. Four Piece Proof Set, 2008. GEM BRILLIANT PROOF. S-PBG30. Includes the 10, 25, 50 & 100 Pound pieces, all featuring the Britannia standing facing left, her dress transforming into a wave on the reverse. Issue number 567 out of an authorized mintage of 1,250. Includes certificate of authenticity and wooden display case. Attractive design and in superb condition. Total of 1.85 Troy ounces AGW." In 1987, emulating the krugerrand, the maple leaf, the American gold eagle and other bullion coins, the Royal Mint introduced the Britannia program. Gold one, half, quarter and tenth ounce pieces were coined and marketed. To boost sales, the reverses were changed annually.

Recorded mintage: unknown.

Specification: 17.02 g, .917 fine gold, 27 mm diameter, 0.500 troy oz AGW. This design was also struck in platinum (KM 1101a).

Catalog reference: Fr-500. KM-PS171 (set); KM 1101.


  • Michael, Thomas, and Tracy L. Schmidt, Standard Catalog of World Coins, 2001-Date, 13th ed., Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2018.
  • Skingley, Philip, ed., Standard Catalogue of British Coins: Coins of England & the United Kingdom, 46th edition, London: Spink & Son, 2011.
  • [1]Ponterio, Richard, The August 2016 Anaheim ANA Auction: Ancient Coins, World Coins & Paper Money, Santa Ana, CA: Stack's Bowers LLC, 2016.

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