The 2013 Christopher Ironside 50p Gold Proof Coin | The Royal Mint

The 2013 Christopher Ironside 50p Gold Proof Coin

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  • An original decimalisation design by a talented artist
  • Own a piece of the hidden story of decimalisation
  • Only 340 Limited Edition Presentations available
Product code: UK13RSGP


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A piece of decimalisation history from our archives

A perfect design, in the hands of collectors at last…

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Christopher Ironside, renowned numismatic artist, was the creator of Britain’s decimal coinage. His new coins included the familiar Britannia, who adorned the 50p for decades. But it is the secret story behind the designs that will intrigue the numismatist. This commemorative Gold Proof 50p celebrates Ironside’s talent and dedication, finally bringing to life Ironside’s Royal Arms on the 50p, originally passed over in favour of that ever-popular Britannia.

To celebrate the centenary of the birth of Christopher Ironside, the 2013 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin bears Ironside’s Royal Arms design, much admired by The Royal Mint Advisory Committee but never adopted. What greater tribute could there be for this commemorative coin, than one designed by Ironside himself? With only 340 released, this is a chance to enhance even the most comprehensive of collections. For this coin undoubtedly marks a moment in Britain’s decimal history.

Your 22 carat gold coin is struck to resplendent Proof standard, presented in a sophisticated case complete with Certificate of Authenticity and accompanied by a booklet that tells the story not only of its designer, but also the coin’s fascinating tale. Discover Ironside's artistic career, learn how one project became a labour of love, and explore the intriguing story of the how the familiar Britannia was but one among four entire series of designs submitted by Ironside, created in absolute secrecy!


The 2013 Christopher Ironside 50p Gold Proof Coin

Denomination 50p
Maximum Coin Mintage Limited Edition Presentation: 340
Alloy 22 Carat Gold
Weight 15.50 g
Diameter 27.30 mm
Reverse Designer Christopher Ironside
Obverse Designer Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Quality Proof

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Rated 5 out of 5
29 August 2013

Just received my coin. This is my first gold 50p coin from the Royal Mint and it is breathtakingly beautiful. The packaging is also top class with an informative booklet. This coin is one of the highlights of my UK collection. Well done.

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