First issued a full two years before the United Kingdom moved to a decimal coinage, the original 50p coin emerged in 1969 to replace the 10 Shilling banknote. Unique at the time, the new 50p’s seven sided shape allowed it to roll smoothly in vending machines.
In 2019, The Royal Mint issued this 5-coin silver proof set to honour the 50th Anniversary of the 50p. Met with intense demand, the tiny mintage of 1969 sold out at the mint upon the day of release!
Within this set, the Mint has brought together the seated Britannia, Roger Bannister’s first sub-four-minute mile, the Boy Scouts, the Girl Guides, and one of Britain’s most sought-after coins – the Kew Gardens 50p. Each 2019 coin is struck from 8 grams of sterling silver to Proof quality, and together, all five are housed in a presentation case.