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A ‘Coin for All’ – Marking the Fight for Rights
The Representation of the People Act 1918 was a big step on the journey towards the voting rights we enjoy today in the United Kingdom. It gave the right to vote to all men over the age of 21, and any man 19 or older who had served in the armed forces. Most significantly, women received the right to vote for the first time in history. There were conditions; women had to be over 30 and ‘of property’ but even so it represented a dramatic shift in attitudes and paved the way for the Equal Franchise Act 1928, which finally gave all women over 21 the same voting rights as men.
The Representation of the People Act 1918 meant that a greater number and a broader mix of voices could now be heard at the polls. 100 years later, we mark the centenary of this historic Act with this UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated coin. The coin’s design, created by Royal Mint graphic designer Stephen Taylor, brings to life the achievement of women, soldiers and middle-class men queuing to vote for the first time. The specially-designed packaging includes a fold-out leaflet telling the story of the people who fought so hard to win the rights we enjoy today.
“It’s really great to see a Representation of the People Act 1918 50p amongst the new coin designs for 2018. I wish it were possible for all of us to carry one in our pockets to carry forward that message of equality first started by the Act 100 years ago, reminding us that we still have work to do.”
Helen Antrobus of the People’s History Museum, Manchester
|Reverse Designer||Stephen Taylor|
|Obverse Designer||Jody Clark|