Proclamations

2008-10-10Coinage Act 1971TSO (The Stationery Office), St Crispins, Duke Street, Norwich, NR3 1PD, 01603 622211, customer.services@tso.co.uk265401101/3791101/379

BY THE QUEEN

A PROCLAMATION

DETERMINING THE SPECIFICATIONS AND DESIGN FOR FIFTY PENCE COINS COMMEMORATING THE TWO-HUNDRED-AND-FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE FOUNDATION OF THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS AT KEW

ELIZABETH R.

Whereas under section 3(1)(a), (b), (c), (cc), (d) and (dd) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to determine the denomination, the design and dimensions of coins to be made at Our Mint, to determine the weight and fineness of certain gold coins, the remedy to be allowed in the making of such coins and their least current weight, and to determine the weight and composition of coins other than gold coins or coins of silver of Our Maundy money and the remedy to be allowed in the making of such coins and to determine the percentage of impurities which such coins may contain:

And Whereas it appears to Us desirable to order that, to commemorate the two-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, there should be made at Our Mint coins of the denomination of fifty pence in gold, in silver and in cupro-nickel:

We, therefore, in pursuance of the said section 3(1)(a), (b), (c), (cc), (d) and (dd), and of all other powers enabling Us in that behalf, do hereby, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, proclaim, direct and ordain as follows:

GOLD COIN

1.  (1)  A new coin of gold of the denomination of fifty pence shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 15.5 grammes, a standard diameter of 27.3 millimetres a millesimal fineness of 916.66, and being in the shape of an equilateral curve heptagon.

  (2)  In the making of the said gold coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or fineness specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

  (a)  a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.065 grammes;

  (b)  a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

(c)  a variation from the said millesimal fineness of two per mille.

  (3)  The least current weight of the said gold coin shall be 15.4 grammes.

STANDARD SILVER COIN

2.  (1)  A new coin of silver of the denomination of fifty pence shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 8 grammes, a standard diameter of 27.3 millimetres, a standard composition of 925 parts per thousand fine silver, and being in the shape of an equilateral curve heptagon.

(2)  In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

  (a)  a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.075 grammes;

  (b)  a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

  (c)  a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

SILVER PIEDFORT COIN

3.  (1)  A new coin of silver of the denomination of fifty pence shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 16 grammes, a standard diameter of 27.3 millimetres, a standard composition of 925 parts per thousand fine silver, and being in the shape of an equilateral curve heptagon.

  (2)  In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

(a)  a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.095 grammes;

(b)  a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

(c)  a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

CUPRO-NICKEL COIN

4.  (1)  A new coin of cupro-nickel of the denomination of fifty pence shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 8 grammes, a standard diameter of 27.3 millimetres, a standard composition of seventy-five per centum copper and twenty-five per centum nickel, and being in the shape of an equilateral curve heptagon.

  (2)  In the making of the said cupro-nickel coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

  (a)  a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin (measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogramme of the coin) of 0.045 grammes;

  (b)  a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

  (c)  a variation from the said standard composition of two per centum copper and two per centum nickel.

  (3)  The said cupro-nickel coin may contain impurities of three-quarters of one per centum.

DESIGN OF THE COINS

5.  The design of the said coins shall be as follows:

‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D” and the denomination “FIFTY PENCE”, and for the reverse a design showing the pagoda, a building strongly associated with Kew, encircled by a vine and accompanied by the dates “1759” and “2009”, with the word “KEW” at the base of the pagoda. The coins shall have a plain edge’.

6.  This Proclamation shall come into force on the tenth day of October Two thousand and eight.

Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this ninth day of October in the year of our Lord Two thousand and eight and in the fifty-seventh year of Our Reign.

GOD SAVE THE QUEEN