Five military 50ps, reissued in a proof finish by The Royal Mint to mark 50 years since the first fifty pence pieces were issued.
Fifty Years of the 50p
2019 marked fifty years since the fifty pence piece first entered circulation. These seven-sided coins have been with us since 1969. Most of them these days feature a shield design but if you look carefully you’ll find a range of special reverses, often celebrating important events and anniversaries.
To commemorate the anniversary, The Royal Mint offered a range of commemorative sets, including the British Culture collection and a range of special issues in silver and gold. The British Military Set brings together five military-themed designs that have appeared on the 50p over the last five decades.
British Military Coins
The 2019 British Military Set contains five coins:
- The Battle of Hastings 50p, first issued in 2016 which commemorates the 950th anniversary of 1066 with a Bayeux Tapestry-inspired design
- A reissue of the 2015 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain 50p, showing pilots running to their planes.
- First issued in 1994, the 50th Anniversary of D-Day 50p shows Allied forces converging from air and sea. This design has been resized to fit the slightly smaller 50p specification introduced in 1997
- Claire Aldridge's 2006 150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross design which shows the decoration with the date it was instituted: 29 January 1856
- Clive Duncan's alternate Victoria Cross commemorative 50p - also issued in 2006 - which depicts a soldier carrying a wounded comrade
Each coin shows Jody Clark’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen to the reverse along with the date: 2019.
Collectible Proof Coins
All these 50 pence pieces are struck to proof standard on cupronickel. You’ll find they have a finer finish than the coins you get in your change. They are, however, legal tender and boast the same dimensions as their circulating counterparts: they measure 27.30 millimetres across and each weigh 8.00 grams.
Only 3,500 of these British Military Sets were issued in 2019 by The Royal Mint.
The five coins are presented in a clear plastic sheet case, within an attractive, velvet lined leather presentation folder. Also in the box: an information booklet and a numbered certificate of authenticity, confirming that this set is one of only 3,500 issued.
Base Metal Alloy
Elizabeth II (1952-2022)
50p / Fifty Pence
New / Pre-owned:
- Five coin 50p set
- All struck to proof standard
- Celebrates fifty years since the first 50p
- Contains historic, military-inspired designs
- Battle of Britain, Battle of Hastings, D-Day and two Victoria Cross 50ps, reissued with a 2019 date
- Obverse: Jody Clark's portrait of Elizabeth II
- Presentation case from The Royal Mint
- Numbered certificate of authenticity
- One of only 3,500 sets issued
Steeped in more than 1,100 years of history, The Royal Mint supplies all of the United Kingdom's coinage as well as currency for nations around the world. Renown for craftsmanship and thoughtful design, The Royal Mint also produces commemorative coins, favoured by investors and collectors.
A Millennia of Minting
Founded in the reign of Alfred the Great, around the year 886, The Royal Mint was originally one of several mints which were centralised to London in 1279. For more than 800 years the Mint was based at the Tower of London before moving to Royal Mint Court where it remained until the 1960s.
The Royal Mint has always been on the forefront of economic, technical and artistic innovation. Its skilled craftsmen minted coins that would reach the far corners of the British Empire, establishing the image and reputation of Britain for all whose pockets they ended up in.
In 2010 The Royal Mint became a limited company owned by Her Majesty’s Treasury. In recent years the Mint has struck medals for the 2012 London Olympic Games and opened a visitor centre, The Royal Mint Experience, in Llantrisant, Wales: the current home of The Royal Mint.
Collecting and Investing
The Royal Mint's commemorative and bullion coins – often minted to mark important national events and anniversaries – are not intended for circulation. They might look like ordinary coins but they are generally worth much more, thanks to their scarcity, finish and composition.
Most commemorative coins produced by The Royal Mint are available in a range of striking standards including Gold Proof, Silver Proof, Brilliant Uncirculated and Bullion. Some are also available in collectors sets. Gold and Silver Proof coins are minted in small numbers, making them rare and desirable.
The Royal Mint's commemorative coins are both VAT-free and Capital Gains Tax (CGT) exempt, making them an attractive and valuable investment. Whether you are diversifying your investments or simply appreciate world-class design, commemorative coins from The Royal Mint are a great buy.
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