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Coin: Fifty pence 2013 (Christopher Ironside)
Description

Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of Christopher Ironside, designer of the UK's first decimal coins, this 50p features his Royal Arms design which was the runner-up to the winning design of Britannia for the first 50p in 1969. The Royal Arms design appeared in public for the first time some 44 years after its creation.

Ironside's familiar design of Britannia was adopted for the 50p at the time of decimalisation, but among the other designs that he submitted was a version of the Royal Arms. This was liked so much by members of The Royal Mint Advisory Committee that trial pieces of the design were made and the hope was expressed that a use might be found for it. Its appearance in 2013 is therefore a fitting tribute to a great numismatic artist.

The design in its original form used the designation NEW PENCE but this would be inappropriate for 2013 and the value has been amended to FIFTY PENCE.

CountryUnited Kingdom CurrencyPound Sterling
Face value50 (x Penny) TypeFifty Pence (One year types)
Year2013 CurrentYes
Mintage7,000,000 (7.0 million)
MintRoyal Mint
MaterialCuproNickel DesignerChristopher Ironside
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

Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen.

Obverse inscription

ELIZABETH·II D·G·REG·F·D·

Reverse

A version of the Royal Arms with the inscription FIFTY PENCE above and the denomination 50 in numerals below.

Reverse inscription

50 FIFTY PENCE

EdgePlain Edge inscription

None

Fifty pence 2013 (Christopher Ironside): Known varieties
VarietyMintageDetails
Proof FDC 44,000
Silver Proof FDC 40,000 (hover mouse for text)
Silver Proof Piedfort FDC 3,513 (hover mouse for text)
Gold Proof FDC 450 (hover mouse for text)
Specimen in presentation folder unknown
Fifty pence 2013 (Christopher Ironside): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1246, 1246a (Silver Proof)
Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom4628
Fifty pence 2013 (Christopher Ironside): 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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