United Kingdom: Coin Type Fifty Pence (Large) - detailed information

United Kingdom: Coin Type Fifty Pence (Large) (issued 1969 - 1997)
Coin TypeFifty Pence (Large)

The British decimal fifty pence (50p) coin - often pronounced fifty pee - is a unit of currency equalling one half of a pound sterling. It is a seven-sided coin formed as an equilateral-curve heptagon, or Reuleaux polygon - a curve of constant width, meaning that the diameter is constant across any bisection. This shape, which was revolutionary at the time, made it easily distinguishable from round coins both by feel and by sight, while its constant breadth allowed it to roll in vending machines.

The denomination was introduced in October 1969 when the 50p joined the 5p (shilling) and 10p (florin) coins in circulation, leaving only the three copper coins to be introduced on 15 February 1971 to complete the new series of decimal coins; unlike other coin types at the time though, the 50 pence coin was not made equivalent to a pre-decimal coin (it was the same as a crown in value but not in appearance or size).

Twenty pence and fifty pence coins are legal tender only up to the sum of £10; this means that it is permissible to refuse payment of sums greater than this amount in 20p and 50p coins in order to settle a debt.

With the introduction of smaller 5p and 10p coins in 1990 and 1992 respectively, the 50p became the largest coin in circulation. In October 1994 the Government announced a further review of the United Kingdom coinage. The results revealed a requirement for a smaller 50p coin, which was duly introduced on 1 September 1997. The older (large) coins were removed from circulation and demonetised in 1998. The design of the new (small) type remained unchanged.

The large 50p has also been used on three occasions to celebrate important events, each being commemorated by a new reverse design.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence (Large) - obverse photo

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

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

The reverse features a figure of Britannia - traditional on British coinage since 1672. She is seated beside a lion, with a shield decorated with the crosses of the union flag resting against her right side, holding a trident in her right hand and an olive branch in her left hand, with the figure 50 below (in exergue) and the inscription NEW PENCE (1962-1982) or FIFTY PENCE (1982-1997) around above.

Reverse Inscription50 NEW PENCE (1962-1982) or 50 FIFTY PENCE (1982-1997)
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: Fifty Pence (Large) (27)
Coin NameReverseObverseDetails
Fifty Pence 1969 United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1969 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1969 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 188,400,000
Fifty Pence 1970 Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 19,461,500
Fifty Pence 1971 (Proof only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 350,000
Fifty Pence 1972 (Proof only) United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1972 (Proof only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1972 (Proof only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 150,000
Fifty Pence 1974 (Proof only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 100,000
Fifty Pence 1975 (Proof only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 100,000
Fifty Pence 1976 United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1976 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1976 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 43,846,500
Fifty Pence 1977 United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1977 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1977 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 49,729,000
Fifty Pence 1978 United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1978 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1978 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 72,091,600
Fifty Pence 1979 United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1979 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1979 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 58,761,000
Fifty Pence 1980 United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1980 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1980 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 89,229,000
Fifty Pence 1981 United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1981 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1981 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 74,105,000
Fifty Pence 1982 United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1982 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1982 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 51,623,800
Fifty Pence 1983 United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1983 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1983 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 63,569,804
Fifty Pence 1984 (Proof and mint sets only) United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1984 (Proof and mint sets only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1984 (Proof and mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 265,340
Fifty Pence 1985 United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1985 - reverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1985 - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 962,493
Fifty Pence 1986 (Proof and mint sets only) United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1986 (Proof and mint sets only) - reverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 1986 (Proof and mint sets only) - obverse photo Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 271,821
Fifty Pence 1987 (Proof and mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 261,084
Fifty Pence 1988 (Proof and mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 213,381
Fifty Pence 1989 (Proof and mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 163,273
Fifty Pence 1990 (Proof and mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 181,658
Fifty Pence 1991 (Proof and mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 130,119
Fifty Pence 1992 (Britannia, in sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 140,747
Fifty Pence 1993 (Proof and mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 123,025
Fifty Pence 1995 (Proof and mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 166,286
Fifty Pence 1996 (Proof and mint sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 154,082
Fifty Pence 1997 (Large, proof and sets only) Material: CuproNickel
Mint: Royal Mint
Mintage: 190,305
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Fifty Pence (Large): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-type ofFifty Pence
From1969
To1997
Face Value50 (x Penny)
CurrentNo (demonetised 1998)
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerChristopher Ironside
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon
Size (mm)30
Thickness (mm)1.7800
Mass (g)13.5000
Fifty Pence (Large): Photos
ImageDetails
Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 50 Pence, 1984
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Source
Coin, Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 50 Pence, 1984
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