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2011 50p Olympic coins

A collection of 50 pence coins

The Royal Mint of the United Kingdom has issued a number of commemorative 50 pence coins from 1973 to the present to mark special national events, such as the country's accession into the now-defunct European Economic Community (EEC) and the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics held in London.

A majority of the commemorative 50 pence coins are composed of cupronickel, but the Royal Mint has also struck such coins in gold and silver on a number of occasions. In many cases, silver piedforts are struck by the mint in addition to their regularly-sized silver counterparts. Like the general issue 50 pence coins of the United Kingdom, all the commemorative issues are heptagonal in shape. The cupronickel and normally-sized silver coins struck between 1973 and 1994 weigh approximately 13.5 grams, while the gold examples minted during the same time weigh about 26.32 grams. Beginning in 1998, the diameter of the commemorative 50 pence coins was reduced from 30 millimeters to 27.3 millimeters. As a result, the masses of the cupronickel and standard silver issues were reduced to 8 grams, the silver piedfort to 16 grams, and the gold to 15.5 grams. Like most British coins produced since the 1952, all commemorative 50 pence coins bear a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.

CoinsEdit

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Image Year Subject Obverse Reverse Mass Diameter Thickness Composition Mintage
1973 Britain entering the European Economic Community Elizabeth II, "D·G·REG·F·D· ELIZABETH II" (Machin) Clasped hands, value, year (Wynne) 13.5 g 30 mm 2.3 mm cupronickel 90,132,000
1973 silver
1992 EC single market Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH II DEI·GRA·REG·F·D·" (Maklouf) Conference table, "1992", "1993", value (Dickens) 13.5 g 30 mm 2.5 mm cupronickel 209,000
silver 35,000
silver (piedfort) 10,993
26.32 g gold 2500
D-Day 50p 1994 D-Day Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH II DEI·GRA·REG·F·D·" (Maklouf) Boats and airplanes, value (Mills) 13.5 g 30 mm 2.5 mm cupronickel at least 6,706,000
silver
silver (piedfort)
26.32 g gold
Common Market 50p 1998 25th anniversary of Britain's entrance to the European Economic Community Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Twelve stars, "1973", "1998", value (Mills) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 5,143,000
silver 8859
silver (piedfort)
NHS 50p 1998 50th anniversary of the National Health Service Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Open hands emitting rays of light, "NHS NHS NHS NHS NHS", "FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY", value (Cornell) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel at least 5,001,000
silver 9032
silver (piedfort)
15.5 g gold 1500
2000 Public Libraries Act 1850 Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Open book above pillared building, "• 1850 • 2000 •", value 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 11,363,000
silver 7634
2003 Women's Social and Political Union Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Suffragette chained to railings and holding a banner, ballot, "1903", "2003", value (Dickens) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 3,159,543
silver 5257
16 g silver (piedfort) 6795
15.5 g gold 942
2004 First four-minute mile ran by Roger Bannister Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Runner's legs, stopwatch, value 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 9,067,520
silver 4924
24 g silver (piedfort) 4054
Johnsons Dictionary 50p 2005 250th anniversary of Johnson's Dictionary Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) ".50. FI'FTY.adj .s.[ƑiƑtiʒ, Saxon. PENCE. n. S. plural of penny. JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY 1755" (Phillips) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 36,625,000
silver 4029
16 g silver (piedfort) 3808
15.5 g gold 1000
2006-2007 150th anniversary of the Victoria Cross Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Obverse and reverse of the Victoria Cross, "VC", value (Aldridge) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel at least 12,137,000
silver 7500
16 g silver (piedfort) 3415
VC Cross 2 50p 2006 150th anniversary of the Victoria Cross Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Soldier carrying a wounded comrade with outline of the Victoria Cross in the background, value (Duncan) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 10,050,500
silver
16 g silver (piedfort) 3415
2007 100 Years of the Scouting Movement 50 Pence coin 2007 100th anniversary of the Scout Movement Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Scouting logo superimposed on globe, "1907 • BE PREPARED • 2007", value (Jones) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 7,760,750
silver 10,895
16 g silver (piedfort) 1555
15.5 g gold 1250
2009 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanical Gardens in Kew Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Pagoda, vine, "1759", "2009" (Le Brun) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 260,000
silver 7500
16 g silver (piedfort)
15.5 g gold 1000
2009-2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Athletics Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Athlete going over a pole, 2012 Olympic logo, value (Jackson) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,910,000
2009 silver
Girlguiding 50p 2010 100th anniversary of Girl Guides Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Six clover leaves surrounding a central leaf, "CELEBRATING ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF GIRLGUIDING UK", value (Evans, Hainan) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel at least 510,090
silver
16 g silver (piedfort)
2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Aquatics Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Female swimmer in the water, 2012 Olympics logo, value (Olliffe) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,010,000
Olympic Archery 50p 2011 2012 Summer Paralympics - Archery Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Hand pulling back on a bowstring, logo of 2012 Olympics, value (Powaga) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,010,000
2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Canoeing Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Canoer canoeing in water, 2012 Olympics logo, value (Lees) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,010,000
Olympic Cycling 50p 2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Cycling Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Velodrome cyclist, 2012 Olympics logo, value (Crutchley-Mack) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 800,000
2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Gymnastics Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Gymnast with ribbon, 2012 Olympics logo, value (Olliffe) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,007,313
Olympic Hockey 50p 2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Hockey Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Two female hockey players, 2012 Olympic logo, value (Evans) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,001,000
Olympic Rowing 50p 2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Rowing Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Two rowers in a boat, 2012 Olympic logo, "EXCELLENCE", FRIENDSHIP", "FAIR PLAY", "RESPECT", "FRIENDSHIP", "FAIR PLAY", "RESPECT", "EXCELLENCE", value (Podimore) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,005,300
2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Triathlon Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Three figures: one running, one biking, and one swimming; Olympic logo, value (Harvey) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,011,000
Olympic Badminton 50p 2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Badminton Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Shuttlecock, badminton stances, 2012 Olympics logo, value (Kelly) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,005,000
Olympic Boxing 50p 2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Boxing Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Boxing gloves, boxing ring, 2012 Olympic logo, value (Abery) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 805,000
2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Equestrian Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Rider on horse jumping over three poles, 2012 Olympics logo, value (Babbage) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,005,000
2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Modern pentathlon Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Five figures: one fencing, one running, one swimming, one shooting a pistol, and one on horseback; 2012 Olympics logo, value (Brittain) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 705,000
2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Shooting Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Man shooting a rifle, 2012 Olympics logo, value (Dewdhory) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,005,000
2011 2012 Summer Paralympics - Table tennis Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Two hands holding table tennis rackets, ball, table, 2012 Paralympics logo, value (Linsdell) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,010,000
2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Volleyball Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Female volleyball players going for volleyball, net, 2012 Olympics logo, value (Boothman) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,005,000
2011 2012 Summer Paralympics - Goalball Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Goalball player, 2012 Paralympics logo, value (Wren) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,005,000
2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Taekwondo Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Taekwondo fighters sparring, 2012 Olympics logo, value (Gibbons) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,005,000
2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Weightlifting Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Female weightlifter in action, 2012 Olympic logo, value (Shakespeare) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,005,000
2011 2012 Summer Paralympics - Wheelchair rugby Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Man in wheelchair with a rugby ball in his lap, 2012 Paralympic logo, value (Ratcliffe) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 505,000
2011 2012 Summer Paralympics - Wrestling Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Two wrestlers sparring in arena, 2012 Paralympics logo, value (Enriquez) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 505,000
2011 2012 Summer Paralympics - Boccia Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Boccia player in wheelchair, 2012 Paralympics logo, value (Chung) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,005,000
2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Basketball Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Four basketball players, 2012 Olympics logo, value, basketball background (Payne) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,005,000
Olympic Fencing 50p 2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Fencing Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", year (Rank-Broadley) Two fencers sparring, logo of 2012 Olympics, value (Summerfield) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,005,000
2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Handball Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", value, year (Rank-Broadley) Handball player above play ground, 2012 Olympic logo, value (Ratcliffe) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,005,000
2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Football (Soccer) Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", value, year (Rank-Broadley) Field diagram, 2012 Olympic logo, value (Wolfson) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 500,000
2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Tennis Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", value, year (Rank-Broadley) Tennis ball, net, 2012 Olympic logo, value (Baines) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 605,000
WWF 50p 2011 50th anniversary of the World Wildlife Fund Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", value, year (Rank-Broadley) WWF logo, numerous animals, plants, and other objects, year (Dent) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,000,000
silver 250,000
Olympic Judo 50p 2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Judo Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", value, year (Rank-Broadley) Two judoists sparring, 2012 Olympic logo, value (Cornell) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,005,000
2011 2012 Summer Olympics - Sailing Elizabeth II, "ELIZABETH·II·D·G REG·F·D·", value, year (Rank-Broadley) Three sailboats in the water, 2012 Olympic logo, grid background, value (Rushin) 8 g 27.3 mm 1.78 mm cupronickel 1,005,000

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