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was a large ungainly coin of 13-5gms and 30mm diam , introduced into circulation in Oct 1969 until 1998 when it was withdrawn ceasing to be legal tender.For Rarity value it is quite widely accepted that the 2009 Kew Gardens specimen is the hardest to find .It shows a square shaped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.I think now that there are 3 Rarities to discover the 2009 // 1992/93 // and the 1994 D.Day landing issue all the Large variety

Common terms used in coins {Numismatics} 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 commerative designs .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 of 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. To finish my trip down Nostalgia Lane for my American and Foreign readers , a Crown we know today is equiv. to Five old shillings and four to a Pound so worth 25 Pence each today . So in old money 5 shillings each , 5 x 12 old pence = 60 pence x 4 = the 240 Pence to our old Pound

1969 The 1st 50 pence coin introduced in Oct 1969 was a large heavy coin at 13-5 gms and diam of 30-5mm..Other Decimal coins came earlier 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. Unknown mintage
1972 A 50 Pence coin can be found in the 1972 Proof Set of 7 Coins plus a Crown{Equiv. to 25 Pence or 5 Bob} Unknown mintage
1973 Rev shows a circle of 9 hands to mark our joining the E.E.C..and our 8 partners {The f irst Comm. 50 Pence} 89,775,000
1974 The 50 Pence is only found in the Royal Mint Proof & B Unc sets Unknown mintage
1976 Rev Shows Britannia 43,746,000
1977 Rev Shows Britannia 49,536,000
1978 Rev Shows Britannia 72,005,000



Rev shows Britannia with New Pence above and 50 below, still a large thick coin, 13-5gms , diam 30mm the New pence was dropped later. in 1982 58,680,000
1980 Rev Shows Britannia 89,086,000
1981 Rev Shows Britannia 74,002,000
1982 Rev Shows Britannia issued for circulation and in Royal Mint sets of B Unc year type sets as in 1984 51,312,000
1983 Rev Shows Britannia 62,825,000
1984 Rev Shows Britannia but only found in the Royal Mint Year Type sets of B Unc coins supplied then by Large G.P.O's Unknown mintage
1985 Rev Shows Britannia 682, 100 {low}
1986 The 50 pence and 5,10 and 20 Pence only found in the 8 Coin Proof Set Unknown mintage
1987 The 50 Pence Piece may be found in the 1987 Proof Set of 7 coins Unknown mintage
1990 The 50 Pence only in the Royal Mint Proof or B U nc sets Unknown mintage
1992-93 dual date Rev shows the UK as EEC Commision leaders {now seems the new contender as regards rarity so Ext Rare } 109,000 { Low/ scarce}
1994 Rev Depicts the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings ,with planes above Still the Heavy version 6,705,520
1995 The 50 Pence is only be found in the Royal Mint Proof or B Unc sets Unknown mintage
1997 {Thick and Thin} Rev has Std Britannia the Obv shows older version of the Queen's portrait and Crown. The thinner coin of 8gms now arrives in Oct 1997 456,364,100 { V. High }
1997 It is interesting to note that the 1997 Proof Set contains a Large & Thin version of 50 Pence plus the Aniv £5 coin within the 10 piece set issued Unknown mintage[Rare}
1998 (1)

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



1998(2) Type 2 Rev /The N.H.S now. 50yrs . 5,001,000
1998(3) Type 3 / Standard Bitannia on Rev ,but New image and Crown on the Obv, designer Ian Rank-Broadley 64,306,500
1999 Rev Shows Britannia 24,905,000
2000 Rev Shows Britannia 27,915,000
2000 Type 2 Rev shows Libraries and 150yrs of the Public Libraries Act 11,263,000
2001 Rev Shows Britannia 84,998,500
2002 Ditto as above 23,907,500
2003 Diito as above 23,583,000
2003 Rev 2 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.

2004(2) Rev 2 Shows Britannia 35,315,500
2005 Rev as above 25,363,,500
2005 Rev 2 shows Samuel Johnson and 250 Yrs Aniv of his English Dictionary 17,649,000
2006(1) Rev shows 150th Aniv of the V.C medal.given for Valour It was instituted by Queen Victoria in 1856 12,087,000
2006(2) Type 2 Rev shows an act of Valour with a soldier saving his comrade in Battle 10,000,500
2006(3 Type 3 Rev Shows Britannia 24,560,000
2007 Rev showing the Scouting Movement 7,710,750
2007 Type 2 Rev Shows Britannia 11,200,000
2008 Type 1 Rev Shows Britannia 3,500,000
2008 Type 2 New type Rev Designed by Matthew Dent showing part of the Royal Shield and a part Puzzle to solve 22,747,000
2009 Rev shows 50yrs 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}  
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(1) Rev Shows the Royal Shield 10,301,000
2013(2) Rev 2 Shows Benjamin Britten 5,300,000
2013(3) Rev 3 has a Shield ,a trial sample and runner up in the selection of a Rev. design by Chistopher Ironside 7,400,000
2014 Rev Shows the Royal Shield 49,001,000
2014 Rev shows Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow 6,500,000
2015(1) Rev Battle of Britain & Airmen 1940 5,900,000
2015(2) Type 2 Rev shows third & forth quarterings and date at 12o'clock  
2015(3) Type 3 Similar but date at 25 past position This is due to updated Crown and Queen's portrait  
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 T1 m=9.600.000 T2 m= 2,100,000 T3 m= 5,000,000 T4 m= 8,800,000
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 To be released later in 2017 T.B.A.
2017 Mr Jeremy Fisher {more Beatrix Potter coins now issued }



  The tale of Peter Rabbit T.B.A
2017 Tom Kitten  
  Benjamin Bunny  
  To be released later in 2017  
Acknowledgements to   Last udated 08/06/2017 by
Colin Hinson & Philippa Exley   Bill Exley author of Guernsey Coinage in 1968 and Blunham Pubs and Histories
The Royal Mint archives    


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