The Royal Mint continues to celebrate 50 Years of the 50p with new Military Set

6th June 2019

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  • 50p coins depicting the anniversaries of the Battle of Britain, D-Day landings, Victoria Cross and Battle of Hastings all feature in special anniversary Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated set.
  • The launch of the collection follows the 50p culture set, unveiled in January this year.

To celebrate fifty years of the distinctive 50p, The Royal Mint has unveiled a special collection of commemorative military coins that will be struck to mark the anniversary of the revolutionary seven-sided coin, first introduced in 1969.

The Royal Mint has a long tradition of commemorating events from military history, and this coin set recalls some of the most epic battles from Britain’s past, the nation’s military achievements and the courage of those who served. The launch of this collection follows the popular 50p culture set which was unveiled in January this year.

Spanning almost one thousand years of history, the military set includes five 50p coins marking the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, 50 years since the D-Day Landings, the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings and 150 years since the Victoria Cross was introduced.

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The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain: For three months during 1940, RAF planes duelled with Goering’s Luftwaffe in the skies above

Britain. Aided by the world’s best radar network, unrivalled Spitfire fighter planes, and squadrons supplemented by Eastern European airmen, Britain held out. Without aerial supremacy, Hitler was unable to launch Operation Sea Lion – his planned seaborne invasion. Handing Germany its first defeat would prove crucial in determining the outcome of the Second World War.

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The 50th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings: To mark the 50th anniversary since the D-Day Landings, The Royal Mint released this design commemorating the largest amphibious assault in military history. Storming five Normandy beaches, Britain was able to gain a foothold on mainland Europe, a second front that would take the war to Germany. From the men who conceived it, to the unflinching bravery of those who took part, the legacy of D-Day lives on in the freedoms we enjoy today.

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The 150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross: Introduced in 1856 thanks to the support of Queen Victoria’s husband Prince Albert, the Victoria Cross is the highest award for gallantry that British servicemen and servicewomen can receive. The design of this coin depicts the medal that is still awarded to this day in recognition of acts of extraordinary bravery.

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The 150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross (Heroic Acts): Before the Crimean War only senior officers could be awarded medals for bravery. With war correspondents working in the field for the first time, a movement to recognise the valour of the common soldier gathered momentum. Since its inception in 1856, more than 1,300 Victoria Crosses have been awarded for outstanding acts of heroism, testament to the extreme bravery of Armed Forces personnel who risk life and limb in defence of Britain’s interests.

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The 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings: This 50 pence piece was unveiled in 2016 to mark 950 years since one of the most infamous battles in British history. The death of Edward the Confessor plunged Britain into chaos as rival heirs came forward with their claim to the throne. Famously documented on the Bayeux Tapestry, Anglo-Saxon and Norman forces clashed at the Battle of Hastings, where an arrow to the eye sealed King Harold’s fate.

Nicola Howell, Director of the Consumer Business at The Royal Mint, commented: “The distinctive design of the 50p has become hugely popular since it was introduced in Britain 50 years ago. Over the years, it’s been fantastic to launch commemorative versions of this popular coin to mark significant cultural and historic events for the nation.

“Following the launch of the cultural commemorative 50p set earlier this year, we’re delighted to be revealing this special 50p military set to reflect on some of Britain’s most historic military achievements.”  

The commemorative set will be available to purchase from www.royalmint.com in a range of precious metal, base proof and brilliant uncirculated finishes, prices start from £45.

 

Celebrating 50 Years of the 50p 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin Set Military

Coin title

The 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof D Day Landings coin

The 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof Victoria Cross  Anniversary coin

The 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof Victoria Cross Heroic Acts coin

The 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof Battle of Britain Anniversary coin

The 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof Battle of Hastings coin

Denomination

50p

50p

50p

50p

50p

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Metal

916.7 Au - Red

916.7 Au - Red

916.7 Au - Red

916.7 Au - Red

916.7 Au - Red

Weight

15.50g

15.50g

15.50g

15.50g

15.50g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

John Mills

Claire Aldridge

Clive Duncan

Gary Breeze

John Bergdahl

Quality

Proof

Limited Edition Presentation

75

RRP

£3,825.00

Celebrating 50 Years of the 50p 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin Set Military Specifications

Celebrating 50 Years of the 50p 2019 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin Set Military

Coin title

The 2019 UK 50p Silver Proof D Day Landings coin

The 2019 UK 50p  Silver Proof Victoria Cross Anniversary coin

The 2019 UK 50p  Silver Proof Victoria Cross Heroic Acts coin

The 2019 UK 50p Silver Proof Battle of Britain  Anniversary coin

The 2019 UK 50p Silver Proof Battle of Hastings coin

Denomination

50p

50p

50p

50p

50p

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Metal

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

Weight

8.00g

8.00g

8.00g

8.00g

8.00g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

John Mills

Claire Aldridge

Clive Duncan

Gary Breeze

John Bergdahl

Quality

Proof

Limited Edition Presentation

1969

RRP

£225.00

 

Celebrating 50 Years of the 50p 2019 UK 50p Proof Coin Set Military

Coin title

The 2019 UK 50p Proof D Day Landings coin

The 2019 UK  50p Proof Victoria Cross 150th Anniversary coin

The 2019 UK 50p Proof Victoria Cross Heroic Acts coin

The 2019 UK 50p Proof Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary coin

The 2019 UK 50p Proof Battle of Hastings coin

Denomination

50p

50p

50p

50p

50p

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Metal

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Weight

8.00g

8.00g

8.00g

8.00g

8.00g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

John Mills

Claire Aldridge

Clive Duncan

Gary Breeze

John Bergdahl

Quality

Proof

Limited Edition Presentation

3500

RRP

£90.00

 

Celebrating 50 Years of the 50p 2019 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Set Military

Coin title

The 2019 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated D Day Landings coin

The 2019 UK  50p  Brilliant Uncirculated Victoria Cross 150th Anniversary coin

The 2019 UK 50p  Brilliant Uncirculated Victoria Cross Heroic Acts coin

The 2019 UK 50p  Brilliant Uncirculated  Battle of Britain 75th Anniversary coin

The 2019 UK 50p  Brilliant Uncirculated  Battle of Hastings coin

Denomination

50p

50p

50p

50p

50p

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

UK

UK

UK

Metal

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Cupro-Nickel

Weight

8.00g

8.00g

8.00g

8.00g

8.00g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

27.30mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

John Mills

Claire Aldridge

Clive Duncan

Gary Breeze

John Bergdahl

Quality

Brilliant Uncirculated

Limited Edition Presentation

Unlimited

RRP

£45.00

 

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