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Dictionary 50p

Fifty pence coin struck to mark the 250th Anniversary of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language in 2005.
2005 50p Coin Dictionary
2005 Samuel Johnsons Dictionary 50p [Circulated]
2005 Samuel Johnsons Dictionary 50p [Circulated]
Downloadable e-book: UK Circulation 50p Coins
Downloadable e-book: UK Circulation 50p Coins

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Coin Rarity / Mintage

Circulation Mintage: 17,649,000
BU Mintage: 92,522

The Dictionary 50p can be found in your change: 17,649,000 coins dated 2005 were struck to enter circulation.

This fifty pence was available to purchase in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) quality from release date: 29 October 2005. Total BU Mintage figures include 10,822 coins in Dictionary Royal Mint packs and 81,700 sold in other packaging such as sets / cards (official distributors).

Coin Value - How much is my Dictionary 50p coin worth?


The circulation (CIRC) 50p is worth it's Face Value (FV) of fifty pence. The Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) Dictionary 50p in as new condition is worth about £8.

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Coin Reverse (tails side)

Entries from the Dictionary for the words FIFTY and PENCE, with the figure 50 above, and the inscription JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY 1755 below.

Design by: Tom Phillips

Coin Obverse (heads side)

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS with the inscription "ELIZABETH II • D • G • REG • F • D • 2005 •".

Coin Specification

Denomination: 50p
Alloy: Cupronickel
Weight: 8g
Diameter: 27.3mm
Quality: CIRC / BU
Year: 2005

Coin condition and quality

The value of a coin is always related to the condition. A Dictionary 50p coin in good circulated condition (A few small contact marks on the coin, but retains some original shine and most of the original design detail.) is more desirable to a collector than a worn down battered coin.

Prices shown on this page relate to coins created for circulation (CIRC) and coins available to buy in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) quality. These are coins produced to a higher standard that show more detail and have none of the marks and scratches that will be seen on all circulation quality coins.

Some coins made for circulation remain "Uncirculated" as they have been kept in or taken from the original sealed coin bag they were packed in after being sent out from The Royal Mint. These are still circulation quality coins - but may keep more of the orginal shine and have a few less contact marks.

Coins not in sealed bags or held in a collection out of the 17,649,000 coins struck, will now have been in circulation for 19 years.