Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of the Public Libraries Act

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Specifications

Issued 2000
Diameter 27.30mm
Weight 8g
Composition 75% copper, 25% nickel (referred to as cupro-nickel)
Obverse Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Mary Milner Dickens
Edge Plain
Inscription 1850 and 2000,50 PENCE,and the words "PUBLIC LIBRARIES"
Mintage 11,263,000
 

Design details:

The Public Libraries Act of 1850 was an Act of Parliament which 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, The coin shows turning pages of a book, above a classical library building and, within the pediment, representations of compact discs.

 

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