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was a large ungainly coin of 13-5gms and 30mm diam , introduced into circulation in Oct 1969 until 1998 when it was withdrawn ceasing to be legal tender.For Rarity value it is quite widely accepted that the following specimen is the hardest to obtain . Kew Gardens of 2009 .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 210,00 issued stamps it's rarity value to a collector, compared to the Girl Guides issue of 2010 of 7,500,000 coins .It must be pointed out at this point that this is not 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. At this point it may be of interest , that Britannia the Roman name for Britain was introduced onto our earliest copper coins at the time of Charles 2nd.,as my researches show 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 inroduced in Oct 1969 was a large heavy coin at 13-5 gms and diam of 30-5mm known mintage figures
1973 Rev shows a circle of 9 hands to mark our joining the .E.E.C..and our 8 partners .'1st' Comm. 50 Pence  



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  
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 a sealed card and never in circulation { low mintage }  
1992-93 dual date Rev shows the UK as EEC Commision leaders  
1994 Rev Depicts the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings ,with planes above 6,705,000
1997 Rev has Std Britannia Obv shows older version of the Queen's portrait and Crown. {Oct.97} now a thinner coin at 8gms , 27-3mm. diam.  

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

mintage figures


1998 Type 2 / Rev N.H.S now. 50yrs . 5,001,000
1998 Type 3 / Standard Bitannia on Rev ,but new image and Crown on Obv  
2000 Rev shows Libraries and 150yrs of the Public Libraries Act 11,262,000
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 Rodger Bannister {6/5/54},also shows a Clock.

2005 Rev shows Samuel Johnson ,Dictionary  
2006 Rev Shows 150th aniv of the V.C medal. for Valour  
2006 Type 2 Rev shows an act of Valour with a soldier saving his comrade in Battle / Type 3 Rev shows as Bitannia 24,560,000 Type 3
2007 Rev shows the Scouting Movement  
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. 7,500,000
2011 Rev has a multiple complex scene with a central Panda , for 50yrs work of the World Wildlife Org.  
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 and their numerical list applies {29 revs} mintage figures
2011 Varieties //29 1/29 Aquatics ; 2/29 Archery 3/29 Athletics ;4/29 Badmington
  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 Pentathalon
  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
l 28/29 Wheelchair Rugby 29/29 Wresting



Mintage Figs to follow as

2911 X/29 etc, etc

2013 Rev 1 Shows Benjamin Britten  
2013 Rev 2 has a Shield , the trial sample and runner up in the selection of a Rev. design by Ch. Ironside  
2014 Rev shows Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow  
2015 Rev Battle of Britain ,Airmen, 1940  
2015 Type 2 Rev shows third & forth quarterings but date at 12o'clock  
2015 Type 3 Similar but date at 25 past position This is due to updated Crown and Queen's portrait  
2016 Type 1 Battle of Hastings on Rev mintage figures
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  
2016 Rev 7 , Team G.B for the Rio Olympics shows a swimmer doing the Butterfly stroke .Designer Tim Sharp .  
Acknowledgements to Colin Hinson & P hilippa Exley lastupdated 22nd Mar 2017
    Bill Exley