A special set of coins has been unveiled to mark the 50th anniversary of the 50 pence piece, each celebrating British cultural history.
The designs have been carefully selected to celebrate key cultural milestones and favourite pieces of coin collectors.
A commemorative set
The commemorative set includes five 50p coins released in honour of the “revolutionary” seven-sided coin introduced in 1969.
Among the collection is a coin marking the 250th anniversary of Kew Gardens, featuring the landmark Great Pagoda encircled by vines.
The Kew Gardens 50p was first issued 10 years ago and is a popular collector’s item because of its low mintage of just 210,000 – making it the rarest 50p design in circulation.
Another coin in the set celebrates the 50th anniversary of Roger Bannister running the first sub-four minute mile in 1954.
The coin depicts the British runner mid-stride as he crossed the finish line at the Iffley Road track in Oxford, clocking in at three minutes and 59.4 seconds.
Third in the set is a 50p featuring the World Scout Emblem alongside their iconic motto “be prepared”, in honour of 100 years of the Scouting movement, while a fourth coin marks 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 the national icon of Britannia seated beside a lion while she rests on her shield.
A historic anniversary
The commemorative 50p set will be available to purchase in a range of precious metal and base proof finishes from The Royal Mint, with prices starting from £90.
Visitors to The Royal Mint Experience will also be able to strike their own 2019-dated 50p Britannia New Pence. After striking, the coin will be placed in “special, augmented-reality enabled packaging”.
How much could the coins be worth?
Limited edition coins can sell for well above their face value, fetching a pretty penny for keen collectors.
The Kew Gardens 50p is one of the most sought-after designs in circulation, and can sell for up to £160 on eBay.
A rare silver version sold for £400 at auction last year – an impressive 800 times its face value – while a proof will normally sell for up £265.
Mint condition Kew Gardens coins would fetch a higher sum from collectors, but the sale of a slightly tarnished version at £400 proves how valuable these rare 50ps are.
The low mintage of just 3,500 of the new 50th anniversary 50p set makes these coins highly coveted, and they are sure to be worth their weight in gold to collectors.