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

Fifty Pence (Small, Ironside design), Coin Type from United Kingdom (issued 1997 - 2008)
Coin TypeFifty Pence (Small, Ironside design)

The British fifty pence (50p) coin - often pronounced fifty pee - is a unit of currency equaling 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 (1/2p, 1p and 2p) 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.

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; it retained the design by Christopher Ironside. The large fifty pence coins were demonetised in 1998.

This original reverse design depicting Britannia was superseded by the current version of the 50p by Matthew Dent in 2008; coins of the old design are still current and circulate together with the new ones.

Obverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence (Small, Ironside design) - obverse photo

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

This version of the fifty pence coin was only issued during the reign of Queen Elizabeth II and carried two of her effigies: her Third Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (1997) and her Fourth Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (1998 - 2009).

Obverse InscriptionELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · [year]
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence (Small, Ironside design) - 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 FIFTY PENCE around above.

Reverse Inscription50 FIFTY PENCE
EdgePlain
Edge InscriptionNone
All Coins of Type: Fifty Pence (Small, Ironside design) (13)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Pence 1997 (Small) 456,554,405 Portrait by Raphael Maklouf (Third Portrait) ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1997
Fifty Pence 1998 64,466,362 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Fifty Pence 1999 24,985,144 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
Fifty Pence 2000 28,105,719 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Fifty Pence 2001 85,105,613 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2001
Fifty Pence 2002 24,028,809 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2002
Fifty Pence 2003 23,739,512 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2003
Fifty Pence 2004 35,350,520 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2004
Fifty Pence 2005 25,404,063 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2005
Fifty Pence 2006 24,604,689 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2006
Fifty Pence 2007 11,238,215 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2007
Fifty Pence 2008 (Ironside design) 3,500,000 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
Fifty Pence 2009 (Britannia, proof only) 1,039 Portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley (Fourth Portrait) ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence (Small, Ironside design): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Sub-type ofFifty Pence
From1997
To2008
Face Value50 (x Penny)
CurrentNo
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerChristopher Ironside
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon (Seven-sided)
Size (mm)27.3000
Thickness (mm)1.7800
Mass (g)8
Fifty Pence (Small, Ironside design): Photos
ImageDetails
Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 50 Pence, 1998
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Great Britain, Elizabeth II, 50 Pence, 1998
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