Public Libraries 50p


Issue date: 2000

Quantity minted: 11,263,000

Approximate values:
Circulated average condition: 50p
Circulated excellent condition: £2.00
Uncirculated: £7.00



Front Design:
Showing an opened book on top of a pillared public library building with the dates 1850 and 2000 above. Designed by Mary Milner Dickens.

Obverse Design:
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.

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3 months 11 days ago

Is it worth selling

Geoff Wolfe
3 months 11 days ago

Depends on the condition and how much you want for it.