Celebrating 50 years of the 50p – a design made to last

The 50p is instantly recognisable thanks to its unique shape and is a beautiful example of precision engineering. Tasked with creating a coin that could be easily distinguished by touch as well as sight, Hugh Conway and his team conceived an ‘equilateral curved heptagon’ that would really set it apart.
50 years since it was first introduced, the 50p remains a mainstay of British coinage, testament to the work of the engineers who designed it. As we continue our 50 years of the 50p celebrations, a special anniversary coin pays tribute to the science behind this radical design. Double the weight of a silver Proof coin, it’s a fitting way to mark this numismatic milestone.


50 Years of the 50p 2019 UK 50p Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

Specification Value
Denomination 50p
Maximum Coin Mintage 1979
Alloy .925 Sterling Silver
Weight 16.00 g
Diameter 27.30mm
Specification Value
Reverse Designer Christopher Ironside
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Quality Proof
Year 2019
Pure Metal Type Silver
Shape 7 Lobed
Country Of Origin United Kingdom
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