(75% copper, 25% nickel)
|Obverse Designer||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen 2010 - Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS|
|Reverse Designer||Jonathan Evans and Donna Hainan|
Over the last century, the Girl Guides has become part of the national life of Britain. Today, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts enjoys a membership of millions throughout the world, helping girls to get the best possible start in life. In 2010 the Girl Guide movement reached its centenary milestone, a remarkable achievement which was celebrated with a commemorative 50p coin struck by the Royal Mint.
A few determined girls turned up at the first Boy Scout Rally in 1909 asking for 'something for the girls'. Just months later the Girl Guides was formed. 100 years on, in 2009,and Girlguiding UK was stronger than ever, with over 550,000 members, and there were more than 10 million Guides around the world. Guiding has always given girls opportunities they might not have elsewhere.
In October 1969 the 50p 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 featured 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 in vending machines.
With the introduction of smaller 5p and 10p coins in 1990 and 1992 respectively, the 50p became the largest coin 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. Since its issue, the 50p has been used on several occasions to celebrate important events, each being commemorated on a new reverse design.
The 50p is legal tender for amounts up to £10.