Mint’s spe­cial 50p an­niver­sary coins

South Wales Echo - - 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 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

ROYAL MINT/PA

Coins fea­tured in the Royal Mint’s spe­cial 50p an­niver­sary proof set

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