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Commemorative 50p coin
The 50p coin has been a popular choice for commemorative currency to mark major British events and anniversaries. One of the latest fifty pence coins even commemorates the fiftieth anniversary of the first 50p being minted.
These commemorative 50p coins are usually minted in their millions; therefore despite recording major landmark events, virtually all of them are worth no more than their denominated face value of 50p. A rare exception to this is the 2009 Kew Garden 50p; only 210,000 were minted and this is now possibly the most sought after fifty pence coin.
Only 210,000 2009 Kew Gardens 50p coins were minted.
In addition to the circulated currency 50p coins, the Royal Mint also strikes gold, silver and platinum proof versions. These have the same designs as the circulating coins but are minted for investors and collectors as a numismatic piece.
A 1994 Gold Proof 50p Piece D-Day marking the D Day anniversary.
The bullion value of these coins, purely for the precious metal content, far exceeds that of their 50p face value. Factor in the exceptional proof condition and you should expert even higher premiums.
As legal tender they also enjoy tax benefits over precious metal bars of the same weight, and their commemorative design further adds to their value. This makes them highly attractive for both collectors and investors.
First minted in 1969, the distinctive equilateral curved heptagon shape of the 50p was a world-first. It was a decimal replacement for the ten-shilling note, but was released two years before the change to decimal currency. 28 years later, in 1997, the original coin was replaced by the smaller, current size.
Not all special-issue 50p coins are commemorative. Only those coins whose reverse design marks an event can technically be termed as commemorative. For example, the extremely popular Beatrix Potter 50p coins series, featuring Peter Rabbit characters, may not be strictly classed as commemorative 50p coins. This may also apply to the Paddington Bear series; both were minted in 2018, and do not mark exact events so much as popular parts of British culture.
The 2018 coin marks the passing of the Representation of the People Act in 1918.
By contrast, the 2018 Representation of the People Act 50p marks the centenary of the Act's passing. It is therefore definitely a commemorative coin.
The first commemorative 50p, struck in 1973, marked the United Kingdom's entry into the European Economic Community. The next was not issued until nearly twenty years later in 1992; this was again linked to Europe. The coin marked the UK presiding over the European Council of Ministers, when it completed the European Single market.
Since these first two, the issuing frequency for commemorative fifty pence coins in circulation has increased. To date there have been well over twenty further commemorative 50p coins issued. If coins such as the Beatrix Potter and Paddington series were included the figure would rise to over eighty designs. These have been very popular with the public, and the frequency looks set to increase with new designs already announced for 2019 and beyond.
|1973||UK joins the European Economic Community|
|1992-1993||UK Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the completion of the Single European Market|
|1994||D-Day Landings 50th Anniversary|
|1998||UK Presidency of the European Union, and the 25th Anniversary of joining the European Economic Community|
|1998||National Health Service 50th Anniversary|
|2000||Public Libraries Act 150th Anniversary|
|2003||The Women's Social and Political Union 100th Anniversary|
|2004||Roger Bannister’s four-minute mile 50th Anniversary|
|2005||Samuel Johnson's Dictionary 250th Anniversary|
|2006||Victoria Cross 150th Anniversary|
|2007||Scouting Movement Centenary|
|2009||Royal Botanic Gardens 250th Anniversary|
|2010||Girl Guides UK Centenary|
|2011||World Wildlife Fund 50th Anniversary|
|2011||London Olympics 2012 - A series of over 20 coins featuring Olympic sports|
|2013||Birth of Christopher Ironside 100th Anniversary|
|2013||Birth of Benjamin Britten 100th Anniversary|
|2014||The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games|
|2015||Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary|
|2016||Battle of Hastings 1000th Anniversary|
|2016||Birth Beatrix Potter 150th Anniversary|
|2016||Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit|
|2016||Beatrix Potter: Jemima Puddle-Duck|
|2016||Beatrix Potter: Mrs. Tiggywinkle|
|2016||Beatrix Potter: Squirrel Nutkin|
|2017||Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit|
|2017||Beatrix Potter: Tom Kitten|
|2017||Beatrix Potter: Jeremy Fisher|
|2017||Beatrix Potter: Benjamin Bunny|
|2017||Birth of Sir Isaac Newton 375th Anniversary|
|2018||Representation of the People Act 100th Anniversary|
|2018||Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit|
|2018||Beatrix Potter: Flopsy Bunny|
|2018||Beatrix Potter: Mrs Tittlemouse|
|2018||Beatrix Potter: The Tailor of Gloucester|
|2018||Paddington at the Station|
|2018||Paddington at the Palace|
|2019||Beatrix Potter: Peter Rabbit|
|2019||Paddington at the Tower of London|