2020 Fifty Pence

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I suspect there will be lots, but perhaps not as many as the whopping 21 different 50p coins for 2019! Known about or released so far are the standard shield reverse coin, a coin for Team-GB (both of those appeared in the 2020 annual year sets), the ‘Brexit’ coin, which is already in circulation and three coins of a Dinosaur theme.

Obverse Type 6 (bust design by (Mr) Jody Clark, dated 2020):

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Reverse Type 4 (design by Matthew Dent):

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Mintage for Circulation: Not yet known.

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 81: (info on coin type numbers here)

Obverse Type (bust design by (Mr) Jody Clark, dated 2020):

Reverse Type (design by David Knapton):

Mintage for Circulation: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

To support Team GB in the 2020 Olympic games.

 

Commemorative 50p coin, Type 82: (info on coin type numbers here)

Obverse Type (bust design by (Mr) Jody Clark, dated 2020):

Reverse Type (design by Royal Mint in-house):

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Mintage for Circulation: Not yet known, suspected to be high and it has appeared in circulation.

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

The story behind the design:

Perhaps a propaganda coin essentially and also maybe a small aid to help reunite a very divided UK populace, with it’s promise of ‘Peace, Prosperity and Friendship with all Nations’. Whether you supported Brexit or not, there is a coin to mark its occurrence and it should circulate in large numbers. The UK left the European Union on the 31st of January 2020. Coins of an identical design (with different date) were prepared in 2019 but had to be melted down.

 

Commemorative 50p coin, Type 83: (info on coin type numbers here)

Obverse Type (bust design by (Mr) Jody Clark, dated 2020):

Reverse Type (design by Robert Nicholls):

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Mintage for Circulation: Not yet known.

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

The story behind the design:

The first of three new coins to err, commemorate Dinosaurs. Megalosaurus is the first. It will be followed by Iguanodon and Hylaeosaurus. ‘Buckland 1824’ is a reference to William Buckland, who, in 1824, produced the first description of a giant pre-historic beast based on fossilised jaw bones.

 

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