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2005 Fifty Pence Gold Proof - Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

Samuel Johnson, also known as Dr. Johnson, started work on one of his most important books A Dictionary of the English Language in 1746 but it was not completed until 1755. Although it was widely praised and extremely influential, it was not a lucrative enterprise for Johnson as he himself had to bear the expenses of its long composition.
This gold proof fifty pence is issued to commemorate the 250th anniversary of its publication.

Obverse - Fourth Portrait

All 2005 coins carried the fourth portrait obverse design by Ian Rank-Broadley.


Impressions of Dictionary entries for the words fifty and pence.


DiameterWeightAlloyGold Content
27.3015.50 grams.91660.4600 Troy Ounces

DateDescriptionIssue LimitMintageOfficial Issue Price
2005Samuel Johnson's Dictionary1,000?£275

Notes on Table

Issue Price = Official Royal Mint issue price.

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Obverse of 2005 Fifty Pence Gold Proof

Obverse of 2005 Fifty Pence Gold Proof

Fifty Pences Index

Reverse of 2005 Samuel Johnson's Dictionary Fifty Pence Gold Proof

Reverse of 2005 Samuel Johnson's Dictionary Gold Proof Fifty Pence

2005 Fifty Pence Gold Proof in Box

2005 Gold Proof Fifty Pence in Presentation Box


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