2021 Fifty Pence

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Only four at the time of writing, but there are more due in 2021! So far we have the standard shield reverse, a coin for John Logie Baird and two different variations of a decimalisation commemorative coin.

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 93: (info on coin type numbers here)

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

Reverse Type (design by Osborne Ross):

Mintage for Circulation: None, this coin can only be purchased.

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

The story behind the design:

Marking 74 years since the birth of John Logie Baird. Logie Baird was a Scottish inventor and early television pioneer. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/baird_logie.shtml

 

Commemorative 50p coin, Type 94: (info on coin type numbers here)

Obverse Type 1 (bust design by Arnold Machin):

Obverse Type 2 (bust design by (Mr) Jody Clark):

Reverse Type (design by Dominique Evans):

Mintage for Circulation: None, this coin can only be purchased.

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

The story behind the design:

To commemorate 50 years since decimalisation, which was a process lasting a few years (that was even to some degree started 100 years prior to that) that culminated in 1971. The reverse of the coin features a collage of elements of most of the last pre-decimal coin denominations (it’s missing the half crown and the Scottish type shilling – and technically the farthing was demonetised in 1960, long before decimalisation). Strangely, the coin exists with two different obverses, the first, found only in annual sets, is based on the original Machin portrait of the Queen, which was used on the first decimal coins. The other obverse features the current Jody Clark obverse and is found on coins available to purchase in single BU packs. Decimalisation was a big thing at the time, there was a big drive to ensure the new money was understood and accepted by the public. In general it was, and nowadays it’s hard to imagine that we used to count in anything other than 10s and 100s! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Decimal_Day

 

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