Spe­cial coin set is­sued to mark 50 years of the 50p

Huddersfield Daily Examiner - - News -

A SPE­CIAL set of coins cel­e­brat­ing British cul­tural his­tory has been un­veiled to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of the 50p piece.

The Royal Mint has re­leased a proof set in hon­our of the “rev­o­lu­tion­ary” seven-sided coin in­tro­duced in 1969.

It said the de­signs had been care­fully se­lected to cel­e­brate key cul­tural mile­stones and favourite pieces of coin col­lec­tors.

The set in­cludes a 50p mark­ing Kew Gar­dens’ 250th an­niver­sary, an­other com­mem­o­rat­ing Roger Ban­nis­ter’s world record sub-four-minute mile, in­set, a reis­sue of the pre­vi­ous “new pence” 50p de­sign and two coins cel­e­brat­ing the cen­te­nar­ies of the Scouts and Girl Guides.

The Kew Gar­dens coin is a col­lec­tor’s item be­cause of its low mintage of just 210,000 - mak­ing it the rarest 50p de­sign in cir­cu­la­tion. First is­sued 10 years ago, the coin marked the 250th an­niver­sary of the found­ing of Kew Gar­dens in Lon­don and fea­tures the land­mark Great Pagoda en­cir­cled by vines.

The build­ing, orig­i­nally com­pleted in 1762 as a gift for Princess Au­gusta, re­cently re­ceived a £5m facelift to re­store it to its for­mer glory.

An­other coin in the set cel­e­brated the 50th an­niver­sary of Roger Ban­nis­ter run­ning the first sub-four minute mile in 1954.

The British run­ner is de­picted mid-stride on the coin as he crossed the fin­ish line at the If­fley Road track in Ox­ford in three min­utes and 59.4 sec­onds.

One hun­dred years of the Scout­ing move­ment was marked by a coin fea­tur­ing the World Scout Em­blem along­side the iconic motto “be pre­pared”.

Robert Baden-Pow­ell, a British cav­alry of­fi­cer, es­tab­lished the Scouts in 1907 to help in­stil a sense of re­source­ful­ness and a code of chival­rous be­hav­iour among boys aged 11 to 14.

A fourth coin in the com­mem­o­ra­tive set marked 100 years of the Girl Guides.

In 1910, Baden-Pow­ell asked his sis­ter, Agnes, to cre­ate a sim­i­lar group for girls. The coin’s de­sign fea­tures a spe­cial ar­range­ment of the Girl Guides tre­foil.

The fifth coin in the set is a ver­sion of the 50p that was in cir­cu­la­tion for 40 years, be­fore be­ing re­placed by a Matthew Dent de­sign in 2008.

The “new pence” 50p fea­tured Christo­pher Iron­side’s de­pic­tion of the na­tional icon of Bri­tan­nia, seated be­side a lion while she rests on her shield.

The com­mem­o­ra­tive 50p set will be avail­able to pur­chase from www.royalmint. com in a range of pre­cious metal and base proof fin­ishes, with prices start­ing from £90.

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