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Coin: Fifty pence 2013 (Benjamin Britten)
Description

In 2013 this UK 50p celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of British composer Benjamin Britten. This unique coin is the first ever UK 50p to show both date and denomination on the obverse. Designed by artist Tom Phillips CBE RA, the coin features the uplifting words BLOW BUGLE BLOW and SET THE WILD ECHOES FLYING as well as the composer’s name in a stave, a reference to his virtuosity as a pianist and conductor.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Face value50 (x Penny) TypeFifty Pence (One year types)
Year2013 CurrentYes
Mintage5,300,000 (5.3 million)
MintRoyal Mint
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerTom Phillips
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II EffigyPortrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait)
Production technologyMilled (machine-made) ShapePolygon (Heptagon)
Size (mm)27.3000 Thickness (mm)1.7800
Mass (g)8
Obverse

Crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth portrait"). In tiny letters below head the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley). Around, the legend ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D ·, the denomination FIFTY PENCE and date 2013.

Obverse inscription ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · FIFTY PENCE 2013
Reverse

In 2013 this UK 50p celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of British composer Benjamin Britten. This unique coin is the first ever UK 50p to show both date and denomination on the obverse. Designed by artist Tom Phillips CBE RA, the coin features the uplifting words BLOW BUGLE BLOW and SET THE WILD ECHOES FLYING as well as the composer’s name in a stave, a reference to his virtuosity as a pianist and conductor.

Reverse inscriptionBLOW BUGLE BLOW BENJAMIN BRITTEN COMPOSER BORN 1913 SET THE WILD ECHOES FLYING
EdgePlain Edge inscriptionNone
Fifty pence 2013 (Benjamin Britten): Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Silver Proof FDC 2,000 (hover mouse for text)
Silver Proof Piedfort FDC 1,000
Gold Proof FDC 150 (hover mouse for text)
Specimen in presentation folder unknown
Fifty pence 2013 (Benjamin Britten): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1253, 1253a (Silver Proof)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4629
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1253b (Gold Proof)
Fifty pence 2013 (Benjamin Britten): References to Information Used
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Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Mintage Varieties mintage
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties
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