2018 Fifty Pence

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Three 50p coins so far: The standard shield reverse coin, a special ‘Strike Your Own’ 2018 dated Isaac Newton coin (identical to the 2017 Isaac Newton coin, with the exception of the date) and a coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People act.

Obverse Type 6 (bust design by (Mr) Jody Clark):

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Reverse Type 4 (design by Matthew Dent):

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Mintage for Circulation: Not yet known.

Collectability/Scarcity: 2 (for scale details see here)

The story behind the design:

The obverse portrait of the Queen by Mr Jody Clark was introduced in March 2015 and will now be used on all circulating coinage. It is the fifth portrait of the Queen used on coinage.

The reverse design, by Matthew Dent shows the bottom part of the shield of the Royal Coat of Arms.

 

Commemorative 50p coin, Type 57B: (info on coin type numbers here)

Obverse Type (bust design by (Mr) Jody Clark, dated 2018):

Reverse Type (design by Aaron West):

Mintage for Circulation: None. This coin was made available as a ‘Strike your own’ at the Royal Mint Experience centre.

Collectability/Scarcity: 6 (for scale details see here) currently inflated prices due to the 1.8m mintage figure, which is rather a lot!

The story behind the design:

Same design as coin 57A, struck dated 2017. This 2018 version will not be circulated and was originally made available strictly from the Royal Mint, in person. Sir Isaac Newton was a physicist, mathematician, Warden of the Mint and one of the most influential scientists to have ever lived. In 1717 Sir Isaac wrote a report which led to a proclamation later that year reducing the value of the gold guinea to 21 shillings. Here is the report in full:

http://www.pierre-marteau.com/editions/1701-25-mint-reports/report-1717-09-25.html

 

Commemorative 50p coin, Type 62: (info on coin type numbers here)

Obverse Type (bust design by (Mr) Jody Clark, dated 2018):

Reverse Type (design by Stephen Taylor):

Mintage for Circulation: Not yet known.

Collectability/Scarcity: 3 (for scale details see here)

The story behind the design:

A coin to mark the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act, which gave the vote to some women over 30 and to all men over the age of 21.

http://www.parliament.uk/about/living-heritage/transformingsociety/electionsvoting/womenvote/case-study-the-right-to-vote/the-right-to-vote/birmingham-and-the-equal-franchise/1918-representation-of-the-people-act/

 

 

 

 

 

 

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