Mint’s special 50p anniversary coins
A SPECIAL set of coins celebrating British cultural history has been unveiled to mark the 50th anniversary of the 50p piece.
The Royal Mint Llantrisant has released a proof set in honour of the “revolutionary” seven-sided coin introduced in 1969.
The set includes a 50p marking Kew Gardens’s 250th anniversary, another commemorating Roger Bannister’s world record sub-four-minute mile, 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 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 in Oxford in three minutes and 59.4 seconds.
One hundred years of the Scouting movement has been marked by a coin featuring the World Scout Emblem alongside the iconic motto “be prepared”.
A fourth coin in the commemorative set marked 100 years of the Girl Guides.
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 Britannia.
The commemorative 50p set will be available to purchase from www.royalmint.com
Coins featured in the Royal Mint’s special 50p anniversary proof set