Fifty Pence 2009 Victoria Cross - Heroic Acts (NCLT), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Fifty Pence 2009 Victoria Cross - Heroic Acts (NCLT), Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFifty Pence 2009 Victoria Cross - Heroic Acts (NCLT)

The British 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 of its introduction, makes it easily distinguishable from round coins both by feel and by sight, while its constant breadth allows it to roll in vending machines.

The first UK Fifty Pence coin was issued in 1969 with the classic Britannia reverse design by Christopher Ironside, which was superseded in 2008 by the Matthew Dent design for circulation coins.The denomination is also extensively used to issue circulating commemorative coins.

Beginning in 2009, the Royal Mint started issuing 50 pence coins for collectors - such as this one - which are not meant to be released in circulation, so are classified as Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT).

The original Fifty Pence Victoria Cross - Heroic Acts coin was issued in 2006 as a circulating commemorative to mark the 150th anniversary of the Victoria Cross - depicting the "Heroic Acts" of those awarded with it.

The Victoria Cross is the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy. All who have received it have shown extraordinary bravery, many at the cost of their own lives. The original idea for the Victoria Cross was proposed by the Duke of Newcastle in 1854 and the Royal Warrant for the creation of the medal was signed by Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace on 29 January 1856. To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the institution of the Victoria Cross The Royal Mint struck two fifty pence coins (another coin celebrates the Victoria Cross Award itself).

This coin is part of a 16-coin set featuring sixteen different 50 pence designs (of which this was the thirteenth) to mark 40 years since the introduction of the denomination. The UK 50p 40th Anniversary (1969 - 2009) Set was issued as copper-nickel proofs, silver proofs, gold proofs and gold piedfort proofs.

No 2009-dated coins of this type were issued into circulation.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage1,039
Obverse

Crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith 2009.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2009 Victoria Cross - Heroic Acts (NCLT) - reverse photo

Depiction of a soldier carrying a wounded comrade with an outline of a Victoria Cross surrounded by a sunburst effect in the background. Around below, the value and denomination FIFTY PENCE.

The designer's initials CD (for Clive Duncan) are in exergue, to the left of the soldier's boot.

Reverse Inscription FIFTY PENCE
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

This coin was only issued in the 40th Anniversary (1969 - 2009) sets featuring sixteen different 50 pence designs, in copper-nickel, silver and gold (proof and piedfort). The coins in the mint set were:

01. Fifty New Pence 2009 (Britannia) - like Spink H1
02. Fifty Pence EEC 2009 - like Spink H2
03. Fifty Pence Britannia 2009 - like Spink H3
04. Fifty Pence Single Market 2009 - like Spink H5
05. Fifty Pence D-Day 2009 - like Spink H6
06. Fifty Pence EU 2009 - like Spink H9
07. Fifty Pence NHS 2009 - like Spink H10
08. Fifty Pence Public Libraries Act 2009 - like Spink H11
09. Fifty Pence Suffragettes 2009 - like Spink H12
10. Fifty Pence Roger Bannister 2009 - like Spink H13
11. Fifty Pence Dictionary 2009 - like Spink H14
12. Fifty Pence Victoria Cross - Award 2009 - like Spink H15
13. Fifty Pence Victoria Cross - Heroic Acts 2009 - like Spink H16
14. Fifty Pence Scouting 2009 - like Spink H17
15. Fifty Pence Royal Shield of Arms 2009 - Spink H18
16. Fifty Pence Kew Gardens - Spink H19

Issued in Set
The UK 50p Proof Collection - 40th Anniversary (1969 - 2009), mintage 1,039
16 coins: 50p New Pence, 50p EEC, 50p Britannia, 50p Single Market, 50p D-Day, 50p EU, 50p NHS, 50p Public Libraries, 50p Suffragettes, 50p Roger Bannister, 50p Dictionary, 50p VC - Award, 50p VC - Heroic Acts, 50p Scouting, 50p Shield, 50p Kew Gardens
Fifty Pence 2009 Victoria Cross - Heroic Acts (NCLT): References to Information Used
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All (49) Coins of Country: United Kingdom, Type: Fifty Pence (Non-Circulating Legal Tender)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Pence 2009 - London 2012 - Athletics 19,751 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 New Pence (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 EEC (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Single Market (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 D-Day (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 EU (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 NHS (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Public Libraries Act (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Suffragettes (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Roger Bannister (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Dictionary (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Victoria Cross - Award (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Victoria Cross - Heroic Acts (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Scouting (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2010 - London 2012 - Cycling (Gold) 1 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Athletics (Gold) 26 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Boxing (Gold) 18 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Canoeing (Gold) 17 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Cycling (Gold) 26 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Equestrian (Gold) 22 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Rowing (Gold) 26 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Sailing (Gold) 17 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Shooting (Gold) 17 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Taekwondo (Gold) 15 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Tennis (Gold) 25 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Triathlon (Gold) 22 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2018 The Snowman (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Stephen Hawking (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 New Pence (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Roger Bannister (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Scouting (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Kew Gardens (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Girl Guiding (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 D-Day (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Victoria Cross - Award (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Victoria Cross - Heroic Acts (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Battle of Britain (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Battle of Hastings (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Peter Rabbit (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 The Gruffalo (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 The Gruffalo and Mouse (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 The Snowman (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Wallace and Gromit (NCLT) unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Team GB unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Iguanodon unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Hylaeosaurus unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Peter Rabbit unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Rosalind Franklin unknown Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait) ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
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Fifty Pence 2009 Victoria Cross - Heroic Acts (NCLT): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFifty Pence (Non-Circulating Legal Tender)
Issued2009
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Circulation MintageNone
Total Mintage1,039
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerClive Duncan
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon (Seven-sided)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size (mm)27.3000
Thickness (mm)1.7800
Mass (g)8
OCC IDRMKG-OZAC-DLPD-ENXQ
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Fifty Pence 2009 Victoria Cross - Heroic Acts (NCLT): Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomH16 (was 4618)