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The first "new sized" commemorative 50p was issued to commemorate 25 years of the UK in the EEC. Ireland and Denmark also joined Britain in becoming the newest members of the European Community in 1973, bringing the total number of member states to nine. Interestingly, in 1973 Britain's joining of the EEC was the subject of Britain's first-ever commemorative 50p.mber of European related events over the years. The EEC was originally created in 1957.

The reverse design, by John Mills shows the twelve EU stars.

1998 Joining of the EEC

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