2017 Fifty Pence

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Two 50p designs have been issued so far in 2017. A commemorative to mark 200 years since the Sir Isaac Newton’s ‘the valuation of the guinea’ report and the standard coin with the shield design.

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 (currently only available in year sets).

Collectability/Scarcity: 3 (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 57: (info on coin type numbers here)

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

Reverse Type (design by Aaron West):

Mintage for Circulation: Not yet known (seen in limited circulation from about 20th June 2017, earlier than expected. The Royal Mint have said that they haven’t been released yet, so perhaps some have slipped out somehow).

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

The story behind the design:

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 58: (info on coin type numbers here)

Obverse Type (bust design by (Mr) Jody Clark, dated 2017):

Reverse Type (design by Emma Noble):

Mintage for Circulation: Not yet known (currently sold in packs only).

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

The story behind the design:

The first wave of Beatrix Potter themed coins were a huge sales success for the Royal Mint, and despite the fact that this year isn’t a round anniversary of anything, they needed no excuse to produce another four different cuddly animal coins for staggered release during 2017. This second Peter Rabbit themed coin is the first. It will be followed by the flamboyant Benjamin Bunny, sombre Jeremy Fisher and a demonic-looking Tom Kitten.

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