Fifty Pence 2013 Christopher Ironside, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Fifty Pence 2013 Christopher Ironside, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFifty Pence 2013 Christopher Ironside

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.

50 pence coins issued in 2013 have now been in circulation for eight years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage7,036,485 (7.0 million)
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Obverse

The obverse shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her 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 · 2013. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith 2013.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2013 Christopher Ironside - reverse photo

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

The designer's initials CI (for Christopher Ironside) are between the shield and the numerals 50.

Reverse Inscription 50 FIFTY PENCE
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Fifty Pence 2013 Christopher Ironside: Known varieties
Variety Specimen in presentation folder
Mintage Issued: 4,403 (included in total)
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 13,503 (included in total)
In Set 2013 United Kingdom Annual Coin Set - Mint condition coins of the year, mintage 13,503
15 coins: £5 Coronation, £2 Technology, £2 Gold Guinea, £2 London Underground - The Roundel, £2 London Underground - The Train, £1 Royal Shield, £1 England, £1 Wales, 50p, 50p Christopher Ironside, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 18,579 (included in total)
In Sets The 2013 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set - Collector Edition, mintage 8,493
15 coins: £5 Coronation, £2 Technology, £2 Gold Guinea, £2 London Underground - The Roundel, £2 London Underground - The Train, £1 Royal Shield, £1 England, £1 Wales, 50p, 50p Christopher Ironside, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2013 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage 3,965 (not included in the above set)

The 2013 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set - Commemorative Edition, mintage 6,121
7 coins: £5 Coronation, £2 Gold Guinea, £2 London Underground - The Roundel, £2 London Underground - The Train, £1 England, £1 Wales, 50p Christopher Ironside
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 2,808
Material0.925 Silver
Details

8.00 g., 0.925 Silver 0.2379 oz. ASW, 27.3 mm. 1,823 individual coins, plus coins in sets.

In Set The 2013 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage 985
15 coins: £5 Coronation, £2 Technology, £2 Gold Guinea, £2 London Underground - The Roundel, £2 London Underground - The Train, £1 Royal Shield, £1 England, £1 Wales, 50p, 50p Christopher Ironside, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Mintage Issued: 1,302
Material0.925 Silver
Details

816 individual coins, plus coins in sets.

In Set The 2013 United Kingdom Silver Piedfort Proof Set, mintage 486
7 coins: £5 Coronation, £2 Gold Guinea, £2 London Underground - The Roundel, £2 London Underground - The Train, £1 England, £1 Wales, 50p Christopher Ironside
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 257
Material0.917 Gold
Details

15.50 g., 0.9167 Gold 0.4565 oz. AGW, 27.3 mm. 198 individual coins, plus coins in sets.

In Set The 2013 United Kingdom Gold Proof Coin Set, mintage 59
15 coins: £5 Coronation, £2 Technology, £2 Gold Guinea, £2 London Underground - The Roundel, £2 London Underground - The Train, £1 Royal Shield, £1 England, £1 Wales, 50p, 50p Christopher Ironside, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Fifty Pence 2013 Christopher Ironside: References to Information Used
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Spink, Coins of England and the United Kingdom Varieties
Showing 100 from a total of 129 coins of type: Fifty Pence
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Pence 1969 188,400,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1969
Fifty Pence 1970 19,461,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1970
Fifty Pence 1971 (Proof only) 350,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1971
Fifty Pence 1972 (Proof only) 150,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1972
Fifty Pence 1973 EEC 89,875,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D ·
Fifty Pence 1974 (Proof only) 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1974
Fifty Pence 1975 (Proof only) 100,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1975
Fifty Pence 1976 43,846,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1969
Fifty Pence 1977 49,729,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1977
Fifty Pence 1978 72,091,600 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1978
Fifty Pence 1979 58,761,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1979
Fifty Pence 1980 89,229,400 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1980
Fifty Pence 1981 74,105,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1981
Fifty Pence 1982 51,623,800 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1982
Fifty Pence 1983 63,569,804 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1983
Fifty Pence 1984 (mint sets only) 265,340 Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D · 1984
Fifty Pence 1985 962,493 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1985
Fifty Pence 1986 (mint sets only) 271,821 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1986
Fifty Pence 1987 (mint sets only) 261,084 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1987
Fifty Pence 1988 (mint sets only) 213,381 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1988
Fifty Pence 1989 (mint sets only) 163,273 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1989
Fifty Pence 1990 (mint sets only) 181,658 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1990
Fifty Pence 1991 (mint sets only) 130,119 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1991
Fifty Pence 1992 (Britannia, in sets only) 140,747 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1992
Fifty Pence 1992 Single Market 306,692 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1992
Fifty Pence 1993 (mint sets only) 123,025 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1993
Fifty Pence 1994 D-Day 6,950,212 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1994
Fifty Pence 1995 (mint sets only) 166,286 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1995
Fifty Pence 1996 (mint sets only) 154,082 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1996
Fifty Pence 1997 (Large, mint sets only) 190,305 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1997
Fifty Pence 1997 (Small) 456,554,405 Queen Elizabeth II - Third Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 1997
Fifty Pence 1998 64,466,362 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Fifty Pence 1998 EU 5,202,862 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Fifty Pence 1998 NHS 5,001,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1998
Fifty Pence 1999 24,985,144 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 1999
Fifty Pence 2000 28,105,719 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Fifty Pence 2000 Public Libraries Act 11,453,219 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2000
Fifty Pence 2001 85,105,613 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2001
Fifty Pence 2002 24,028,809 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2002
Fifty Pence 2003 23,739,512 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2003
Fifty Pence 2003 Suffragettes 3,290,124 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2003
Fifty Pence 2004 35,449,528 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2004
Fifty Pence 2004 Roger Bannister 9,176,899 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2004
Fifty Pence 2005 25,404,063 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2005
Fifty Pence 2005 Dictionary 17,689,563 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2005
Fifty Pence 2006 24,604,689 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2006
Fifty Pence 2006 Victoria Cross - Award 12,261,974 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2006
Fifty Pence 2006 Victoria Cross - Heroic Acts 10,169,564 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2006
Fifty Pence 2007 11,238,215 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2007
Fifty Pence 2007 Scouting 7,887,475 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2007
Fifty Pence 2008 (Ironside design) 3,672,577 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
Fifty Pence 2008 (Dent design) 22,867,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2008
Fifty Pence 2009 (Dent, mint sets only) 141,809 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 (Britannia, proof only) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Kew Gardens 479,134 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G REG · F · D FIFTY PENCE
Fifty Pence 2010 (Dent, mint sets only) 100,033 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
Fifty Pence 2010 Girl Guiding 7,540,009 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
Fifty Pence 2011 (Dent, mint sets only) 84,981 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 WWF 3,496,273 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G REG · F · D FIFTY PENCE
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Aquatics 2,179,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Archery 3,345,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Athletics 2,224,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Badminton 2,133,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Basketball 1,748,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Boccia 2,166,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Boxing 2,148,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Canoeing 2,166,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Cycling 2,090,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Equestrian 2,142,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Fencing 2,115,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Football 1,125,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Goalball 1,615,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Gymnastics 1,720,813 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Handball 1,676,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Hockey 1,773,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Judo 1,161,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Modern Pentathlon 1,689,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Rowing 1,717,300 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Sailing 1,749,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Shooting 1,656,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Table Tennis 1,737,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Taekwondo 1,664,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Tennis 1,454,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Triathlon 1,163,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Volleyball 2,133,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Weightlifting 1,879,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Wheelchair Rugby 1,765,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2011 - London 2012 - Wrestling 1,129,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2011
Fifty Pence 2012 32,403,832 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2013 10,347,937 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
Fifty Pence 2013 Christopher Ironside 7,036,485 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2013
Fifty Pence 2013 Benjamin Britten 5,313,337 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G · REG · F · D FIFTY PENCE · 2013
Fifty Pence 2014 49,043,594 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2014
Fifty Pence 2014 Commonwealth Games 6,550,488 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II D · G REG · F · D FIFTY PENCE
Fifty Pence 2015 (Fourth Portrait) 20,101,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2015
Fifty Pence 2015 (Fifth Portrait) 39,325,285 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
Fifty Pence 2015 Battle of Britain (Fourth Portrait) 33,818 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2015
Fifty Pence 2015 Battle of Britain (Fifth Portrait) 5,900,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE 2015 ·
Fifty Pence 2015 Battle of Britain (no denomination) 35,199 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2015 ·
Fifty Pence 2016 (mint sets only) 144,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2016 ·
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Fifty Pence 2013 Christopher Ironside: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFifty Pence (One year types)
Issued2013
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
ReverseRoyal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Circulation Mintage7,000,000 (7.0 million)
Total Mintage7,036,485 (7.0 million)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerChristopher Ironside
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon (Seven-sided)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.300 mm
Thickness1.780 mm
Mass8.000 g
OCC IDYMXK-DOKQ-CDRJ-OWQJ
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Fifty Pence 2013 Christopher Ironside: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomH26 (was 4628)
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1246, 1246a (Silver Proof)