Anniversary of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language

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Specifications

Issued 2005
Diameter 27.30mm
Weight 8g
Composition 75% copper, 25% nickel (referred to as cupro-nickel)
Obverse Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Tom Phillips
Edge Plain
Inscription The Dictionary for the words FIFTY and PENCE, figure '50' above, and the inscription JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY 1755.
Mintage 17,649,000
 

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Samuel Johnson's dictionary published in 1755 is among the most influential pieces of scholarship in the history of the English language. It was used by famous authors such as Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and Oscar Wilde. It took eight years to compile and listed 40,000 words. This 50p was issued in 2005 to mark the 250th anniversary of its publication.

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