Public Libraries 50p
Issue date: 2000
Quantity minted: 11,263,000
Circulated average condition: 50p
Circulated excellent condition: £2.00
Showing an opened book on top of a pillared public library building with the dates 1850 and 2000 above. Designed by Mary Milner Dickens.
Queen Elizabeth II portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley.
More about the Public Libraries 50p
These special edition 50p coins were issued in 2000 to commemorate 150 years since the Public Libraries Act was passed as an act of parliament in 1850.
The Public Libraries Act first gave local boroughs the power to establish free public libraries. It was the first legal step towards the creation of universal access to information and literature, and it is seen as a milestone in the social education of the country.