By Bill Exley

The first 50 pence piece was a large ungainly coin of 13-5gms and 30mm diam , introduced into circulation in Oct 1969 until 1998 when it was withdrawn ceasing to be legal tender.For Rarity value it is quite widely accepted that the 2009 Kew Gardens specimen is the hardest to find .It shows a square shaped Pagoda entwined 3 to 4 times by a Vine.Its weight of 8-0 gms and standard diam today of 27-3 mm It consists of Cupro Nickel 75% Cupro and 25% Nickel The mintage figure of a very low order of 210,00 issued stamps it's rarity value to a collector, compared to the Girl Guides issue of 2010 and 7,500,000 coins .It must be pointed out that this is not intended to be a Definitive listiing of 50 Pences ,but what I have to hand someone somewhere will know of, or have more information or Coins.

Common terms used are the Obverse or Reverse side, this means the Obv. side is the Head of the Monarch, or in the case of Guernsey C.I. it's arms or Guernsey Crest .. The other side being the reverse [Rev} usually showing Britannia, or the third and forth quarterings of the Royal Arms, or a commerative design.The actual word Britannia is derived from the Roman name for Britain and introduced onto our earliest copper coins as far back as the reign Charles 2nd .My researches show that the Duchess of Richmond serving as the artist's model . { ref 1932 Encyclopaedia }

The introduction of the first 50 Pence piece in I969 was the first stages of a gradual change over to a Metric system .It replaced our 10 shilling note or old Ten Bob note or 120 old pennies. England went fully Decimal on the 15th Feb 1971. On 14/2/71 , 12 Pennies = 1 Shilling ,or Bob , 20 Shillings = £1 or 240 pence to the Pound .In times gone by 6 pennies was a Tanner in 'Old Money'. together with 3 penny bits {Brass}, half-pences and Florins a two-shilling piece

1969 The 1st 50 pence coin introduced in Oct 1969 was a large heavy coin at 13-5 gms and diam of 30-5mm.. Earlier Decimal coins came in 1968 . 188,400,000
1970 Rev . Shows Britannia and still the heavy version of 13-5 gms up to 1997 19,461,000
1971 The very First Decimal Proof set and the only place to find the 1971 coin. Not issued for general circulation at all.  
1973 Rev shows a circle of 9 hands to mark our joining the E.E.C..and our 8 partners {First Comm. 50 Pence} 89,775,000
1976 Rev Shows Britannia 43,746,000
1977 Rev Shows Britannia 49,536,000
1978 Rev Shows Britannia 72,005,00



Rev shows Britannia with New Pence above and 50 below, still a large and thick coin, 13-5gms , diam 30mm the New pence was dropped later. in 1982 58,680,000
1980 Rev Shows Britannia 89,086,000
1982-84 Both Revs of Bitannia and were the heavy 50p These two coins were only issued by the Royal Mint in a Year Type set in sealed cards and never in circulation { low mintage }  
1981 Rev Shows Britannia 74,002,000
1982 Rev Shows Britannia 51,312,00
1983 Rev Shows Britannia 62,825,000
1985 Rev Shows Britannia 682, 100 {low}
1992-93 dual date Rev shows the UK as EEC Commision leaders {now seems the new contender as regards rarity} 109,000 { Low/ scarce}
1994 Rev Depicts the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings ,with planes above 6,705,000
1997 Rev has Std Britannia the Obv shows older version of the Queen's portrait and Crown. {Oct.97} a thinner coin at 8gms ; 27-3mm. diam arrives 456,364,100

.Type 1 / Multiple flags depicting the 25th Aniversary of our joining the E.E.C. { 1973 }. The heavy 50p coin is now demonitised



1998 Type 2 / Rev The N.H.S now. 50yrs . 5,001,000
1998 Type 3 / Standard Bitannia on Rev ,but New image and Crown on the Obv, designer Ian Rank-Broadley 64,306,500
2000 Rev Shows Britannia 27,915,000
2000 Rev shows Libraries and 150yrs of the Public Libraries Act 11,263,000
2003 Rev shows Womens rights 100th Aniv of Social and Political union 3,124,000

50yrs ago the 1st Sub 4 min. mile ran by 25 yr old Dr.Rodger Bannister {6/5/54} also shows a Clock.

2005 Rev shows Samuel Johnson and 250 Yrs Aniv of his English Dictionary 17,649,000
2006 Rev shows 150th Aniv of the V.C medal.given for Valour It was instituted by Queen Victoria in 1856 12,087,000
2006 Type 2 Rev shows an act of Valour with a soldier saving his comrade in Battle 10,000,500 .............
2006 Type 3 Rev Shows Britannia 24,560,000
2007 Rev showing the Scouting Movement 7,710,750
2009 Rev 250yrs of the Botanical Gdns at Kew , hard to find and Very Rare



2010 Rev shows 100yrs of the Girl Guide movement in the U.K. 7,410,,000
2011 Rev has a multiple complex scene with a central Panda , for 50yrs work of the World Wildlife Org. 3,400,000
2011 Here follows the 29 Rev types to mark the different Sports of the 2012 London Olympics. The Royal Mint official term is the London 2012 Sports Collection so their numerical list applies {29 revs} mintage figures
2011 Varieties //29 1/29 Aquatics ; 2/29 Archery 3/29 Athletics ;4/29 Badminton
  5/29 Basketball; 6/29 Boccia 7/29 Boxing; 8/29 Canoeing
  9/29 Cycling;10/29 Equestrian 11/29 Fencing;12/29Football
  13/29 Goalball;14/29 Gymnastics 15/29 Handball; 16/29 Hockey
  17/29 Judo 18/29 Modern Pentathlon
  19/29 Rowing; 20/29 Sailing 21/29 Shooting 22/29 Table Tennis
  23/29 Taekwondo; 24/29 Tennis 25/29 Triathlon ;
  26/29 Volleyball 27/29 Weightlifting
  28/29 Wheelchair Rugby 29/29 Wrestling
  Mintage Figs to follow when available as so // 2011 Types X/29 etc, etc
2013 Rev 1 Shows Benjamin Britten 5,300,000
2013 Rev 2 has a Shield ,a trial sample and runner up in the selection of a Rev. design by Charles Ironside 7,400,000
2014 Rev shows Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow  
2015 Rev Battle of Britain ,Airmen, 1940  
2015 Type 2 Rev shows third & forth quarterings and date at 12o'clock  
2015 Type 3 Similar but date at 25 past position This is due to updated Crown and Queen's portrait  
    mintage figures
2016 Rev 1 Shows the Battle of Hastings 5,000,000
2016 The 5 Rev 's were created by the talented Royal Mint coin designer Emma Noble .She has captured every finite detail of Miss Potter's creations making a charming set of coins . 5 Revs To mark the 150 yrs since the birth of Beatrix Potter and her much loved characters and stories{1866} Type 1 Peter Rabbit ; Type 2 Jemima Puddle- Duck ; Type 3 Squirrel Nutkin Type 4 Mrs Tiggy-Winkle Type 5 Text only, re Miss Potter mintage figs T.B.A.
2016 Rev 7 , Team G.B for the Rio Olympics shows a swimmer doing the Butterfly stroke .Designer Tim Sharp .  
2017 Rev 1, Sir Isaac Newton and the 300th Aniv. of his Gold Standard report T.B.A.
2017 Mr Jeremy Fisher {more Beatrix Potter issued }



  Peter Rabbit  
2017 Tom Kitten  
  Benjamin Bunny  
Acknowledgements to   Last udated 20/04/2017 by
Colin Hinson & Philippa Exley   Bill Exley author of Guernsey Coinage in 1968 and Blunham Pubs and Histories

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