50p Coins

 

Creation of the 50p Coin

In October 1969, 50p coins joined the 5p (shilling) and 10p (florin) coins in circulation, leaving only the three copper coins - to be introduced on 15 February 1971 - to complete the new series of decimal coins. The design on the reverse of the 50p coin features a symbol of Britannia that has appeared on our coinage since 1672. While this design may have been traditional, the shape of the new 50p coin, an equilateral curve heptagon, was revolutionary. This made it easily distinguishable from round coins both by feel and by sight, while its constant breadth allowed it to roll into vending machines.

With the introduction of smaller 5p and 10p coins in 1990 and 1992 respectively, 50p coins became the largest in circulation. In October 1994, the Government announced a further review of the United Kingdom coinage. The results revealed a requirement for a smaller 50p coin, which was duly introduced on 1 September 1997.

 

First Issued Smaller version introduced September 1997 (Larger version introduced October 1969, demonetised in 1998)
Specifications (Since 1997)
Diameter 27.3mm
Weight 8.0g
Thickness 1.78mm
Composition Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)
Obverse Designers Portrait of Her Majesty The Queen 
1985-1997 - Raphael Maklouf
1998-2015 - Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
2015 to date - Jody Clark
Reverse 
Designers
See table below
Edge Plain

 

50p Coin Designs 

Since its issue, the 50p coin has commonly been used to commemorate important events. From as early as 1969, The Royal Mint has regularly issued unique reverse designs on the 50p for events such as the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, the 50th Anniversary of the NHS and the 2012 London Olympic Games. A full list of Royal Mint commemorative 50p coins can be found below.

50p Coins List

Coin Image Year of Issue Design Information
1969 50p Coin 1969-1982 Britannia

A figure of Britannia, seated beside a lion, with a shield resting against her right side, holding a trident in her right hand and an olive branch in her left hand, with the figure 50 below and the inscription NEW PENCE above.

Designed by: Christopher Ironside
1982 50p Coin 1982-2008 Britannia - revised inscription

A figure of Britannia, seated beside a lion, with a shield resting against her right side, holding a trident in her right hand and an olive branch in her left hand, with the figure 50 below and the inscription FIFTY PENCE above.

Designed by: Christopher Ironside
Royal Arms 50p Coin 2008 - Present

The Royal Arms

A section of the Royal Arms, showing elements of the third and fourth quarterings.

Designed by: Matthew Dent

1973 50p Coin

1973

The United Kingdom's Accession to the European Economic Community

The inscription 50 PENCE and the date of the year, surrounded by nine hands, symbolising the nine members of the Community, clasping one another in a mutual gesture of trust, assistance and friendship.

Designed by: David Wynne
1992 50p Coin

1992-93

The United Kingdom's Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the Completion of the European Single Market

A representation of a table on which are placed twelve stars, linked by a network of lines to each other and also to twelve chairs around the table, on one of which appear the letters UK, and with the dates 1992 and 1993 above and the value 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Mary Milner Dickens
1994 50p Coin

1994

The 50th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings

A design representing the Allied invasion force heading for Normandy and filling the sea and sky, together with the value 50 PENCE.

Designed by: John Mills
1998 50p Coin

1998

The United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union, and the 25th Anniversary of the United Kingdom's Accession to the European Economic Community

A celebratory arrangement of stars, with the letters EU between the anniversary dates 1973 and 1998, and the value 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: John Mills
1998 50p Coins 1998 The 50th Anniversary of the Creation of the National Health Service

A pair of hands set against a pattern of radiating lines, with the words FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY and the value 50 PENCE, accompanied by the initials NHS, which appear five times on the outer border.

Designed by: David Cornell
2000 50p Coin 2000 The 150th Anniversary of the Public Libraries Act

The turning pages of a book, the anniversary dates 1850 and 2000, and the value 50 PENCE, all above a classical library building on which appear the words PUBLIC LIBRARIES and, within the pediment, representations of compact discs.

Designed by: Mary Milner Dickens
2003 50p Coin 2003 The 100th Anniversary of the Formation of the Women's Social and Political Union

The figure of a suffragette, chained to railings and holding a banner on which appear the letters WSPU, to the right a ballot paper marked with a cross and the words GIVE WOMEN THE VOTE, to the left the value 50 PENCE, and below and to the far right the anniversary dates 1903 and 2003.

Designed by: Mary Milner Dickens
2004 50p Coin 2004 The 50th Anniversary of the First Four-Minute Mile by Roger Bannister

The legs of a running athlete, with a stylised stopwatch in the background, and the value 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: James Butler
2005 50p Coin 2005 The 250th Anniversary of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language

Entries from the Dictionary for the words FIFTY and PENCE, with the figure 50 above, and the inscription JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY 1755 below.

Designed by: Tom Phillips
2006 50p Coin 2006 The 150th Anniversary of the Institution of the Victoria Cross

Depiction of the obverse and reverse of a Victoria Cross, with the date 29 JAN 1856 in the centre of the reverse of the Cross, the letters VC to the right and the value FIFTY PENCE below.

Designed by: Claire Aldridge
2006 50p Coin 2006 The 150th Anniversary of the Institution of the Victoria Cross

Depiction of a soldier carrying a wounded comrade, with an outline of the Victoria Cross, surrounded by a sunburst effect in the background.

Designed by: Clive Duncan
2007 50p Coin 2007 The Centenary of the Foundation of the Scouting Movement

A fleur-de-lis, superimposed over a globe and surrounded by the inscription BE PREPARED, the dates 1907 and 2007, and the denomination FIFTY PENCE.

Designed by: Kerry Jones
2009 50p Coin 2009 The 250th Anniversary of the Foundation of the Royal Botanic Gardens

A design showing the pagoda, encircled by a vine and accompanied by the dates 1759 and 2009, with the word KEW at the base of the pagoda.

Designed by: Christopher Le Brun
2010 50p Coin 2010 Celebrating 100 Years of Girlguiding UK

Designed by: Jonathan Evans and Donna Hainan
2011 50p Coin 2011 Celebrating 50 Years of the Work of WWF

Designed by: Matthew Dent
Ironside 50p Coin 2013 The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Christopher Ironside

Designed by: Christopher Ironside
Benjamin Britten 50p Coin 2013 The 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Benjamin Britten

Designed by: Tom Phillips CBE RA
2014 50p Coin 2014 The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games

Designed by: Alex Loudon with Dan Flashman
Battle 50p Coin 2015

The 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain 

Designed by: Gary Breeze

2016 Team GB 50p Coin 2016

Team GB 2016

Designed by: Tim Sharp

Battle of Hastings 50p Coin 2016

Millennial Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings

Designed by: John Bergdahl

Beatrix Potter 50p Coin 2016

The 150th Anniversary of the Birth of Beatrix Potter

Designed by: Emma Noble

Peter Rabbit 50p Coin 2016

Beatrix Potter - Peter Rabbit 2016

Designed by: Emma Noble

Jemima Puddleduck 50p Coin 2016

Beatrix Potter - Jemima Puddle-Duck

Designed by: Emma Noble

Mrs Tiggywinkle 50p Coin 2016

Beatrix Potter - Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle

Designed by: Emma Noble

Squirrel Nutkin 50p Coin 2016

Beatrix Potter - Squirrel Nutkin

Designed by: Emma Noble

Peter Rabbit 2017 50p Coin 2017

Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Peter Rabbit

Designed by: Emma Noble

Tom Kitten 2017 50p Coin 2017

Beatrix Potter - Tom Kitten

Designed by: Emma Noble

Jeremy Fisher 2017 50p Coin 2017

Beatrix Potter - Mr. Jeremy Fisher

Designed by: Emma Noble

Benjamin Bunny 2017 50p Coin 2017

Beatrix Potter - Benjamin Bunny

Designed by: Emma Noble

Isaac Newton 50p Coin 2017

Innovations in Science - Sir Isaac Newton

Celebrating one of the most famous figures ever to hold the role of Master of the Mint and author of the single most influential book on Physics ever written.

Designed by: Aaron West

Representation of the People Act 50p coin 2018

The 100th Anniversary of the Passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918

Designed by: Stephen Taylor

2018 Peter Rabbit 50p Coin 2018

Beatrix Potter - Peter Rabbit 2018

Designed by: Emma Noble

2018 Flopsy Bunny 50p coin 2018

Beatrix Potter - Flopsy Bunny

Designed by: Emma Noble

2018 Mrs Tittlemouse 50p Coin 2018

Beatrix Potter - Mrs. Tittlemouse

Designed by: Emma Noble

The Tailor of Gloucester 2018 50p Coin 2018

Beatrix Potter - The Tailor Of Gloucester

Designed by: Emma Noble

2018 Paddington at the Station 50p Coin 2018

Paddington at the Station

Designed by: David Knapton

Paddington at Buckingham Palace 50p coin 2018

Paddington at the Palace

Designed by: David Knapton

The Snowman 2018 50p Coin 2018

The Snowman 2018

Designed by: Natasha Ratcliffe

2019 The Gruffalo 50p Coin 2019

The Gruffalo

Designed by: Magic Light Pictures

Stephen Hawking 2019 50p Coin 2019

Innovations in Science - Stephen Hawking

Designed by: Edwina Ellis

2019 Peter Rabbit 50p Coin 2019

Beatrix Potter - Peter Rabbit 2019

Designed by: Emma Noble

Sherlock Holmes 50p Coin 2019

Sherlock Holmes

Designed by: Stephen Raw

2019 Paddington Tower of London 50p Coin 2019

Paddington at the Tower of London

Designed by: David Knapton

2019 Paddington Bear St Paul's Cathedral 50p Coin 2019

Paddington at St. Paul's Cathedral

Designed by: David Knapton

50 Years of the 50p 50p Coin 2019

Fifty Years of the Fifty Pence

Designed by: Christopher Ironside

The Gruffalo and the Mouse 2019 50p Coin 2019

Gruffalo and the Mouse

Designed by: Magic Light Pictures

Wallace and Gromit 50p Coin 2019

Wallace & Gromit

Designed by: Nick Park

2019 Snowman 50p Coin 2019

The Snowman 2019

Designed by: Snowman Enterprises

2020 Team GB 50p Coin 2020

Team GB 2020

Designed by: David Knapton

2020 Withdrawal from the EU 50p Coin 2020

Withdrawal from the European Union

Designed by: The Royal Mint Engraving Team 

2020 Peter Rabbit 50p Coin 2020

Beatrix Potter - Peter Rabbit 2020

Designed by: Emma Noble

Megalosaurus 2020 50p Coin 2020

The Dinosauria Collection - Megalosaurus

Designed by: Robert Nicholls

Iguanodon 2020 50p Coin 2020

The Dinosauria Collection - Iguanodon

Designed by: Robert Nicholls

Hylaeosaurus 2020 50p Coin 2020

The Dinosauria Collection - Hylaeosaurus

Designed by: Robert Nicholls

Rosalind Franklin 2020 50p Coin 2020

Innovations in Science - Rosalind Franklin

Designed by: David Knapton

Winnie the Pooh 2020 50p Coin 2020

Winnie the Pooh

Designed by: Disney

Christopher Robin 2020 50p Coin 2020

Christopher Robin

Designed by: Disney

Piglet 2020 50p Coin 2020

Piglet

Designed by: Disney

Diversity built Britain 2020 50p Coin 2020

Diversity Built Britain

Designed by: Dominique Evans

The Snowman 2020 50p Coin 2020

The Snowman 2020

Designed by: Robin Shaw

John Logie Baird 2021 50p Coin 2021

Innovations in Science - John Logie Baird

Designed by: Osborne Ross

Decimal Day 50p Coin 2021

The 50th Anniversary of Decimal Day

Designed by: Dominique Evans

Temnodontosaurus 50p Coin 2021

The Mary Anning Collection - Temnodontosaurus

Designed by: Robert Nicholls

Plesiosaurus 50p Coin 2021

The Mary Anning Collection - Plesiosaurus

Designed by: Robert Nicholls

Dimorphodon 50p Coin 2021

The Mary Anning Collection - Dimorphodon

Designed by: Robert Nicholls

Team GB 50p Coin 2021

Team GB 2021

Designed by: Dave Knapton

Winnie the Pooh & friends 2021

Winnie the Pooh & friends

Designed by: The Walt Disney Company

Charles Babbage 2021

Innovations in Science - Charles Babbage

Designed by: Nigel Tudman and Jas Bhamra

Owl 2021

Owl

Designed by: The Walt Disney Company

100 Years of Insulin 2021

100 Years Since the Discovery of Insulin

Designed by: Iris De La Torre

The Snowman 2021

The Snowman 2021

Designed by: Robin Shaw

Tigger 2021

Tigger

Designed by: The Walt Disney Company

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games 2022

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Designed by: Natasha Preece

The Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen 2022

The Platinum Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Designed by: Osborne Ross

Eeyore 2022

Eeyore

Designed by: The Walt Disney Company

50 Years of Pride 2022

Celebrating 50 Years of Pride

Designed by: Dominique Holmes

Alan Turing 2022

Innovations in Science - Alan Turing

Designed by: Matt Dent and Christian Davies

Kanga and Roo 2022

Kanga and Roo

Designed by: The Walt Disney Company

Winnie the Pooh and Friends 2022

Winnie the Pooh and Friends

Designed by: The Walt Disney Company

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2022

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Designed by: Edgar Fuller & Cecil Thomas

The 100th Anniversary of Our BBC 2022

The 100th Anniversary of Our BBC

Designed by: The Walt Disney Company

Harry Potter 2022

Harry Potter

Designed by: Jim Kay / Ffion Gwillim

The Snowman™ and The Snowdog 2022

The Snowman and The Snowdog

Designed by: The Walt Disney Company

Hogwarts Express 2022

Hogwarts Express

Designed by: Jim Kay / Ffion Gwillim

75 Years of the Windrush Generation 2023

75 Years of the Windrush Generation

Designed by: Valda Jackson

75 Years of the National Health Service 2023

75 Years of the National Health Service

Designed by: Alice Lediard

Albus Dumbledore 2023

Albus Dumbledore

Designed by: Jim Kay / Ffion Gwillim

Hogwarts 2023

Hogwarts

Designed by: Jim Kay / Ffion Gwillim

King Charles III Coronation 2023

The Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III

Designed by: Natasha Jenkins

Star Wars R2-D2 and C-3PO 2023

Star Wars R2-D2 and C-3PO

Designed by: Lucasfilm Ltd.

Star Wars Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine 2023

Star Wars Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine

Designed by: Lucasfilm Ltd.

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe 2023

The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

Designed by: Ffion Gwillim

Star Wars Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia 2023

Star Wars Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia

Designed by: Lucasfilm Ltd.

The Snowman 2023

The Snowman 2023

Designed by: Robin Shaw

Atlantic Salmon 2023

Atlantic Salmon

Designed by: The Royal Mint

Tyrannosaurus 2024

Tyrannosaurus

Designed by: Robert Nicholls

The 200th Anniversary of the RNLI 2024

The 200th Anniversary of the RNLI

Designed by: John Bergdahl

Star Wars Han Solo and Chewbacca 2024

Star Wars Han Solo and Chewbacca

Designed by: Lucasfilm Ltd.

Stegosaurus 2024

Stegosaurus

Designed by: Robert Nicholls

Diplodocus 2024

Diplodocus

Designed by: Robert Nicholls

 


London 2012 50p Coins

 

Coin Image Year of Issue Design Information
Aquatics 2011 50p Coin 2011

Aquatics

A swimmer submerged in water, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Jonathan Olliffe

Archery 2012 50p Coin 2011

Archery

A bow being drawn, with the London 2012 Paralympic logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Piotr Powaga

Athletics 50p Coin 2009

Athletics

An athlete clearing a high jump bar, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Florence Jackson

Badminton 50p Coin 2011

Badminton

A shuttlecock and a diagram of badminton actions, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Emma Kelly

Basketball 50p Coin 2011

Basketball

Basketball players against the textured background of a large basketball, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Sarah Payne

Boccia 50p Coin 2011

Boccia

A boccia player in a wheelchair throwing a ball, with the London 2012 Paralympic logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Justin Chung

Boxing 50p Coin 2011

Boxing

A pair of boxing gloves against the background of a boxing ring, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Shane Abery

Canoeing 50p Coin 2011

Canoeing

A figure in a canoe on a slalom course, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Timothy Lees

Cycling 50p Coin 2011

Cycling

A cyclist in a velodrome, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Theo Crutchley-Mack

Equestrian 50p Coin 2011

Equestrian

A horse and rider jumping over a fence, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Thomas Babbage

Fencing 50p Coin 2011

Fencing

Two figures fencing, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Ruth Summerfield

Football 50p Coin 2011

Football

A diagrammatic explanation of the offside rule in football, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Neil Wolfson

Goalball 50p Coin 2011

Goalball

A goalball player throwing a ball, with the London 2012 Paralympic logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Jonathan Wren

Gymnastics 50p Coin 2011

Gymnastics

A gymnast with a ribbon, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Jonathan Olliffe

Handball 50p Coin 2011

Handball

A handball player throwing a ball against the background of a handball court, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Natasha Ratcliffe

Hockey 50p Coin 2011

Hockey

Two hockey players challenging for the ball, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Robert Evans

Judo 50p Coin 2011

Judo

A judo throw, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: David Cornell

Modern Pentathlon 50p Coin 2011

Modern Pentathlon

A montage of the five sports that form the Modern Pentathlon, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Daniel Brittain

Rowing 50p Coin 2011

Rowing

A rowing boat, accompanied by a number of words associated with the Olympic movement, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Davey Podmore

Sailing 50p Coin 2011

Sailing

Three sailing boats, accompanied by a map of the coast of Weymouth, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Bruce Rushin

Shooting 50p Coin 2011

Shooting

A figure shooting, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Pravin Dewdhory

Table Tennis 50p Coin 2011

Table Tennis

Two table tennis bats against the background of a table and net, with the London 2012 Paralympic logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Alan Linsdell

Taekwondo 50p Coin 2011

Taekwondo

Two athletes engaged in Taekwondo, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: David Gibbons

Tennis 50p Coin 2011

Tennis

A tennis net and a tennis ball, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Tracy Baines

Triathlon 50p Coin 2011

Triathlon

A montage of the three sports that form the Triathlon, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Sarah Harvey

Volleyball 50p Coin 2011

Volleyball

Three figures playing beach volleyball, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Daniela Boothman

Weightlifting 50p Coin 2011

Weightlifting

The outline of a weightlifter starting a lift, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Rob Shakespeare

Wheelchair Rugby 50p Coin 2011

Wheelchair Rugby

A wheelchair rugby player in action, with the London 2012 Paralympic logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Natasha Ratcliffe

Wrestling 50p Coin 2011

Wrestling

Two figures wrestling in a stadium, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination 50 PENCE below.

Designed by: Roderick Enriquez

 

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