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2007 Scouts Centenary 50p Gold Proof

2007 Scouts Centenary 50p Gold Proof
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The scouting movement turned one hundred years old in 2007 and The Royal Mint celebrated the occasion with this gold proof Fifty Pence piece. Founded by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907, the Scout have been teaching young men and women teamwork, leadership and outdoor skills all over the world for a century. The reverse of this coin features the fleur-de-lis symbol of the Scouts with twin stars over the top of a globe, symbolising the worldwide reach of the movement. It’s a simple but effective design - the work of Kerry Jones - and accompanied by the Scouts motto: ‘Be Prepared’. The obverse shows Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen. From a limited mintage of 1,250, this 50p is struck in 15.50 grams of 22 carat gold. It’s presented encapsulated in its original box from The Royal Mint with a numbered certificate of authenticity that also doubles as an information booklet.
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A gold proof Fifty Pence for the centenary of the global Scouting Movement.

The Scout Motto

2007 marked 100 years since the start of the Scouting Movement: conceived to help young people reach their full potential as individuals and as citizens. The Scouts were founded by Robert Baden-Powell, an ex-Lieutenant General in the British Army. He used his experience of military scouting to develop an informal educational program with an emphasis on outdoor activities.

Though the roots of Baden-Powell’s movement are in the UK, the scouts is now a global organisation, united by the motto: 'Be Prepared'. That phrase appears prominently on this gold proof 50p from The Royal Mint which celebrates the impact of Scouting.

Fleur De Lis Badge

The reverse of this Fifty Pence features a design by Kerry Jones which includes the instantly recognisable badge worn by Scouts. The design was originally an arrowhead but this was adapted to a heraldic fleur de lis after criticism that the early emblem was too militaristic. The addition of two five-pointed stars was also a later addition.

In Jones' design the fleur is superimposed over a globe, representing the international reach of the movement. This motif is accompanied by Ian Rank-Broadley's portrait of Her Majesty the Queen to the obverse: the fourth used on her coinage.

Gold Proof Fifty Pence

A cupronickel version of this design was issued by The Royal Mint in 2007 and can still be found in your change. This piece, struck to proof standard, has the same dimensions as the circulating coin but has been minted in 15.50 grams of 22 carat gold. It’s one of a limited edition presentation of just 1,250.

It’s presented sealed in its original capsule, inside its original red leatherette case from The Royal Mint. Enclosed is an information booklet with a brief history of the Scouts which also doubles as a numbered certificate of authenticity.


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