Fifty years of 50p hep­tagon

The Herald - - NEWS -

A SET of coins cel­e­brat­ing British cul­tural his­tory has been un­veiled to mark the 50th an­niver­sary of the

50p piece.

The Royal Mint re­leased a proof set in hon­our of the “rev­o­lu­tion­ary” sev­en­sided coin, in­tro­duced in 1969.

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

A spokes­woman for the Royal Mint said: “Since the 50p en­tered UK cir­cu­la­tion the dis­tinc­tive de­sign has be­come a pop­u­lar ad­di­tion to the na­tion’s pock­ets and wal­lets.”

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