50 Years of the 50 Pence : 2019 Base Proof Military Set
This British Military Base Proof 50p coin set from The Royal Mint, celebrates 50 years of the nation's favourite heptagonal coin. Only 3,500 of these five-coin boxed sets were struck in 2019, making the collection highly sought-after. As this coin set honours the British Military, five commemorative 50p reverses were chosen to celebrate 50 years of the coin; the 950th Anniversary of the Battle of Hastings by John Bergdahl, the 50th Anniversary of D-Day by John Mills, the 75th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain by Gary Breeze, and two coins commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the creation of the Victoria Cross medal by Clive Duncan and Claire Aldridge. Each coin's obverse hosts the 5th Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II, by Jody Clark.
1969 marks the year man first walked on the moon. It also saw; over 350,000 people attending Woodstock festival, the launch of Sesame Street, Concorde and Boeing 747 taking to the skies, and the Beatles recording their final album, Abbey Road. Meanwhile, engineer Hugh Conway and his team were developing the 50p over at The Royal Mint. The 50p became the world's first seven-sided coin, replacing the Ten Shilling Bank Note. It was a radical change for the time alongside former Florins and Shillings being withdrawn from circulation in the move to decimalisation. The new design endured backlash, as the Anti-Heptagonalist movement believed the 50p was an insult to sovereign Elizabeth II. After a number of ludacris newspaper stories were run in 'the battle for the Ten-Bob bit', criticism was short-lived and eventually subsided.
It is The Royal Mint's tradition to commemorate events from British Military History. Over the past 50 years, the 50p has hosted five military themed designs, which feature in this 2019 collection. Each coin commemorates a great battle in the military's past. The first coin honours the 75 years since the Battle of Britain, a fight between the Luftwaffe and the RAF Spitfire. The battle was critical to the defeat of Germany and the outcome of the Second World War. The second 50p marks the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings, when allied troops stormed the Normandy beaches in WWII, gaining a foothold in Europe. The third coin commemorates 950 years since the Battle of Hastings. In 1066, Norman and Anglo-Saxon forces clashed after the death of Edward the Confessor. An arrow to the eye killed newly-crowned King Harold and William the Conqueror of Normandy edged a step closer to becoming King. The final two coins in the set acknowledge the 150th Anniversary of the Victoria Cross. The highest award for gallantry that a serving Briton can receive. It was founded during Queen Victoria's reign in 1856, following a war correspondents' movement to honour the common soldier. The medal is composed of bronze salvaged from a Crimean War cannon. Before its inception, only senior officers could receive medals for bravery. Today, more than 1,300 Victoria Crosses have been given to servicewomen and men for outstanding acts of bravery.
This 2019 Cupro-Nickel five-coin set is a fitting homage to British Military History within the '50th Anniversary of the 50 pence' collection. The perfect gift for those who have served or have relatives who have served in the British armed forces.
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