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2009 UK Proof Set

2009 UK Proof Set: 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p Mint coins, Perth, Australia

2009 UK Proof Set

The 2009 Proof Coin Set comprises the UK’s definitive coins by Matthew Dent based on the shield of the Royal Arms; Bruce Rushin’s familiar £2 ‘technology’ coin; and new commemorative issues celebrating King Henry VIII, Charles Darwin, Robert Burns and the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. Each of the 12 coins is struck by the Royal Mint from base metals in outstanding proof quality. The UK’s £1 bears a reverse design featuring the shield of the Royal Arms, a powerful symbol of royal authority throughout British history. The definitive 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p coins portray six elements of the shield of the Royal Arms, which align to reproduce an overall image of the shield. The set includes a £2 coin bearing the UK’s familiar ‘technology’ reverse featuring four concentric circles symbolising mankind’s industrial and technological progress since the Iron Age. The set also features four 2009 commemorative designs: Designed by John Bergdahl, the 2009 commemorative crown piece celebrates the 500th anniversary of the accession of King Henry VIII. Words taken from Auld Lang Syne, as written down by Robbie Burns, provide the splendid reverse for a £2 commemorative marking the 250th anniversary of his birth. Designed by Suzie Zamit, a second commemorative £2 coin marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin and the 150th anniversary of the publication of On the Origin of Species. Designed by Christopher Le Brun, the commemorative 50p piece depicts the Chinese Pagoda at Kew Gardens, started 250 years ago by Princess Augusta who wanted a ‘Physic Garden’ for the cultivation and study of rare and unusual plants. Issued as legal tender of the United Kingdom, each coin bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. Housed in a black case with the Royal Mint emblem featured in gold on the lid, the set can either be presented upright for display purposes, or laid flat within the specially designed base.

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