2019 Fifty Pence

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Ten different 50p coins for 2019 so far and it’s only May (there will also be more)! We have the standard shield reverse coin, a Sir Arthur Conan Doyle commemorative, Gruffalo, Stephen Hawking, yet another Peter Rabbit, a re-issue of the original ‘NEW PENCE’ 50p (dated 2019) and re-issues of four other random designs from previous years, that, with the ‘NEW PENCE’ coin make up the first set of five coins to ‘commemorate’ the introduction of the 50p coin in 1969. Another set of five re-issue design 50p coins will appear later in 2019, so that’s at least 15 different fifty pence coins in 2019. There is also talk of another couple of Paddington Bear coins, just for good measure…. Oh, and a ‘Brexit’ coin at some stage, bringing the total up to 18! It’s laughable really, the vast majority are never intended for circulation from the word go, so they have to be purchased from the RM (Royal Monopoly?). Clearly people can’t get enough of them though, and they rally-round to buy anything and everything the Royal Mint produces, just to put them on eBay – sometimes before they even arrive – in the hope of turning a quick profit. It has become very tiresome and even collectors that have bought Royal Mint products for many years or even decades, are getting a bit bored with it all by now – I certainly am, and if I didn’t have to buy each coin in order to produce pictures, I wouldn’t touch them with a Guinness Book of Records spec barge pole.

Obverse Type 6 (bust design by (Mr) Jody Clark, dated 2019):

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Reverse Type 4 (design by Matthew Dent):

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Mintage for Circulation: Not yet known, but it has appeared in circulation.

Collectability/Scarcity: 1 (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 70: (info on coin type numbers here)

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

Reverse Type (design by Stephen Raw):

Mintage for Circulation: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

A coin to mark the birth, 160 years ago of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. His most famous creation, Sherlock Holmes, is shown in silouhette on the reverse with small text surrounding him listing the titles of the Sherlock Holmes series of publications. This is one of only two fifty pence coins (the other being the standard shield reverse coin) that appeared in the 2019 BU annual coin set.

This is the official Sir Arthur Conon Doyle website: https://www.arthurconandoyle.com/

 

Commemorative 50p coin, Type Retro 50th, coins 1 to 5: (info on coin type numbers here)

Obverse Type (bust design by (Mr) Jody Clark, common to all of the 2019 50th anniversary base metal coins):

Reverse Type 1 (design by Christopher Ironside, originally produced 1969 – 1981):

Reverse Type 2 (design by Christopher Le Brun, originally produced 2009):

Reverse Type 3 (design by James Butler, originally produced 2004):

Reverse Type 4 (design by Kerry Jones, originally produced 2007):

Reverse Type 5 (design by Jonathan Evans and Donna Hainan, originally produced 2010):

Mintage for Circulation: None for circulation. These five coins were included in special sets only, initially only in gold or silver proof form, but the Royal Mint sold out so quickly that they decided to cash-in further by producing and selling sets of the five coins in ‘BU’ form, much to the disappointment of those that had already purchased a proof set for its perceived exclusivity. The ‘NEW PENCE’ coin was also made available as a ‘Strike your own’ at the Royal Mint Experience centre.

Collectability/Scarcity: 5 (for scale details see here) currently inflated prices due to the 1.8m mintage figure, which is rather a lot!

The story behind the designs:

The reverse designs have all appeared before. The ‘NEW PENCE’ coin was the original 50p reverse (albeit originally as a larger sized coin). The other four are seemingly randomly chosen 50p reverses from the last 15 years. The ‘Kew’ coin was also included, which also means that it is potentially possible to fill that particular gap in your collection (the Kew coin is hard to find in circulation) for a lot less than the original 2009 Kew 50p sells for second hand.

Later in the year another set of five 50p coins will be sold and will include the following coins: D-Day (1994 TYPE 3), Victoria Cross Award (2006 TYPE 10), Victoria Cross Heroic acts (2006 TYPE 11), Battle of Britain (2015 TYPE 15) and the Battle of Hastings (2016 TYPE 50).

 

Commemorative 50p coin, Type 71: (info on coin type numbers here)

Reverse Type (design by Christopher Ironside):

Mintage for Circulation: None for circulation.

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

The story behind the design:

Coin type 71 in the printed book is the ‘Strike Your Own’ version of the ‘NEW PENCE’ coin as shown in the five coin series above. As this coin was available separately it has a type number in the book, but is essentially exactly the same coin as that in the set – just with different package engineering.

 

Commemorative 50p coin, Type 72: (info on coin type numbers here)

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

Reverse Type (design by Axel Scheffler of Magic Light Pictures Ltd):

Mintage for Circulation: None for circulation.

Collectability/Scarcity: 1 (for scale details see here)

The story behind the design:

Another children’s character theme; and it would seem the Gruffalo draws level with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes in warranting a special 50p during 2019! The Gruffalo series of books first appeared twenty years ago, so that means at least two generations of people (and their parents) that the Royal Mint marketing people hoped to sell this product to.

Here’s the best selling Gruffalo book on Amazon (and I’m going to cash-in on it too, via this special affiliate link): https://www.amazon.co.uk/My-First-Gruffalo-Little-Library/dp/0230756050/ref=sr_1_4&tag=predecimalcoi-21

 

Commemorative 50p coin, Type 73: (info on coin type numbers here)

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

Reverse Type (design by Edwina Ellis):

Mintage for Circulation: None for circulation.

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

The story behind the design:

The recently departed and very clever man Stephen Hawking is commemorated on this coin, which features an artists impression of a black hole, the name ‘STEPHEN HAWKING'(tm) and some kind of mathematical formula , which I think relates to time. The Royal Mint state that there will be more scientist themed coins (this year or next, who knows). I can’t link to the Stephen Hawking official website, as it’s not ‘secure’ and would affect my own google status. It’s this:

http://www.hawking.org.uk/

 

Commemorative 50p coin, Type 74: (info on coin type numbers here)

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

Reverse Type (design by Emma Noble):

Mintage for Circulation: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

They said they wouldn’t, but they have. Another Beatrix Potter themed coin, and another variation of Peter Rabbit. The Beatrix Potter themed coins first appeared in 2016. There are rumours that there will be more to come.

 

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