Fifty Pence (Dent design), Coin Type from United Kingdom - detailed information

Fifty Pence (Dent design), Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 2008 - )
Coin TypeFifty Pence (Dent design)

The fifty pence coin is a small circulating denomination of the British Pound Sterling.

In August 2005 the Royal Mint launched a competition to find new reverse designs for all circulating coins apart from the £2 coin. The winner, announced in April 2008, was Matthew Dent, whose designs were gradually introduced into the circulating British coinage from mid-2008. In a world-first concept, the designs for the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p coins depict sections of the Royal Shield that form the whole shield when placed together. The shield in its entirety is featured on the £1 coin.

The new 50p coin design, which replaced the earlier 50p design by Christopher Ironside, depicts the lowest point of the Royal Shield, with the words FIFTY PENCE below the point of the shield. The coin's obverse remained unchanged.

The 50p denomination has also been used extensively to celebrate important events by a number of circulating commemorative issues.

The coins are made of cupronickel (also known as copper-nickel; composition: 75% copper and 25% nickel).

Obverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence (Dent design) - obverse photo

Portrait of the ruling British monarch, legend (in Latin), date.

So far, fifty pence coins with Dent's design have been issued during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and carried two of her effigies: her Fourth Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (2008 - 2015), and her Fifth Portrait by Jody Clark (2015 - present).

Obverse InscriptionELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · [year]
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence (Dent design) - reverse photo

The lowest point of the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom, showing the third and fourth quarterings, with the value and denomination FIFTY PENCE below the point of the shield.

The designer's initials MD (for Matthew Dent) are incuse in small letters in the groove between the shield and the lower field (in the continuation of the dotted line which goes across the coin).

Reverse InscriptionFIFTY PENCE
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: Fifty Pence (Dent design) (13)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Pence 2008 (Dent design) 22,803,333 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
Fifty Pence 2009 (Dent, proof and sets only) 40,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2010 (Dent, proof and sets only) 43,500 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
Fifty Pence 2011 (Dent, proof and sets only) 40,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2012 32,333,530 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2013 10,345,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
Fifty Pence 2014 49,001,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
Fifty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 20,101,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2015
Fifty Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) 39,300,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
Fifty Pence 2016 (Proof and mint sets only) 144,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
Fifty Pence 2017 1,800,000 Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2018 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
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Fifty Pence (Dent design): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-type ofFifty Pence
From2008
Face Value50 (x Penny)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerMatthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon
Size (mm)27.3000
Thickness (mm)1.7800
Mass (g)8
Fifty Pence (Dent design): Photos
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Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 50 Pence, 2013
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Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 50 Pence, 2013
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