Description

A piedfort is an unusually thick coin, often exactly twice the normal weight and thickness of other coins of the same diameter and pattern. Piedforts are not normally circulated, and are only struck for presentation purposes by mint officials (such as patterns), or for collectors, dignitaries, and other VIPs.

The Royal Mint issued a special silver Proof 50p to wish Team GB success for the Rio 2016 Games. The coin is presented in a black display case with a booklet about Team GB and its origins.

Team GB is the brand name used since 1999 by the British Olympic Association (BOA) for their Great Britain and Northern Ireland Olympic team. The brand was developed after the 1996 Summer Olympics and is now a trademark of the BOA. It is meant to unify the team as one body, irrespective of each member athlete's particular sport.

Obverse

The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.

The George IV State Diadem, officially the Diamond Diadem, is a type of crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV. The diadem is worn by queens and queens consort in procession to coronations and State Openings of Parliament. The piece of jewellery has been featured in paintings and on stamps and currency. It can be seen in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSATRIX means Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith.

Engraver: Jody Clark

·ELIZABETH II·D·G·REG·F·D·50 PENCE·2016
J.C

Reverse

A swimmer at the peak of the butterfly stroke with water and UK national flag around, the logo of the Team GB (lion's head, lettering and the five Olympic rings).

Design: Tim Sharp (Uniform)

TEAM GB
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Edge

50 Pence

5th portrait, Silver Proof Coin

Team GB
Rio 2016 Summer Olympics

Subscribe series
Sp# H38
Characteristics
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 8 g
Diameter 27.3 mm
Thickness -
Shape polygon
Sides 7
Alignment Medal
Mint
Royal Mint

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