For the original fifty pence of 1969 Christopher Ironside was asked to prepare a version of Britannia and also an arrangement of the Royal Arms, illustrated here, that fitted into the heraldic theme of the other decimal coins.


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In the end it was not just a sentimental attachment to Britannia that secured her continuing presence on the British coinage but also a feeling that to include her would be a popular choice. Nevertheless, visitors to the Royal Mint Museum often express their admiration for the alternative Royal Arms pattern.


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