Fifty Pence 2016 Battle of Hastings, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Fifty Pence 2016 Battle of Hastings, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFifty Pence 2016 Battle of Hastings

This circulating commemorative 50p coin marks 950 years since the Battle of Hastings. The Battle of Hastings was fought on the 14th October 1066 between the French army led by Duke William II and the English army led by King Harold. King Harold II was defeated by William the Conqueror which led to the collapse of the English army. William was crowned as the first Norman King, a crucial moment in medieval history. The battle was such a significant event that it completely changed the course of history. The reverse of this coin was designed by John Bergdahl and is inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry.

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 with a large version of the coin; it was reduced in size in 1997, with the older coins being demonetised in 1998. The design of the new (smaller) type remained unchanged at that time, retaining Christopher Ironside's Britannia reverse. In 2008 though the regular reverse was changed to Matthew Dent's design; 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 being featured on the £1 coin).

The denomination has also been used extensively to issue one-year types of commemorative coins such as this one.

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.

Coins issued in 2016 have now been in circulation for six years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage6,771,009 (6.8 million), Rarity: C (Common)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2016 Battle of Hastings - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown worn for her Coronation (effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait").

Running continuously around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the date: ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2016 Battle of Hastings - reverse photo

The reverse is inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry and depicts a medieval warrior holding a shield pierced by arrows, dividing the date 1066. Around, the text BATTLE OF HASTINGS; below, the date 2016. The designer's initials JL (for John Bergdahl) are in the right of the exergue field.

The value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription BATTLE OF HASTINGS 1066 2016
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
See also

The design was re-issued in 2019 as a Non-Circulating Legal Tender coin to mark the 50th Anniversary of the 50p denomination.

Fifty Pence 2016 Battle of Hastings: Known varieties
Variety Brilliant Uncirculated individual
Mintage Issued: 5,139 (included in total)
Details

Sold by the Royal Mint in coin tubes.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in PNC
Mintage Issued: 7,877 (included in total)
Details

The 950th Anniversary of The Battle of Hastings 2016 UK 50p Philatelic Numismatic Cover.

Variety Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2016 Battle of Hastings / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2016 Battle of Hastings / Brilliant Uncirculated in presentation folder - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 21,718 (included in total)
Details

Royal Mint Product Code: UK16BHBU.

Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 22,786 (included in total)
In Set 2016 United Kingdom Annual Coin Set - The Coins of 2016, mintage 22,786
16 coins: £5 Queen's 90th Birthday, £2 Britannia, £2 Army, £2 Shakespeare - Histories, £2 Shakespeare - Comedies, £2 Shakespeare - Tragedies, £2 Great Fire of London, £1 Royal Shield, Last Round Pound, 50p, 50p Battle of Hastings, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 13,489 (included in total)
In Sets The 2016 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Collector Edition, mintage 6,919
16 coins: £5 Queen's 90th Birthday, £2 Britannia, £2 Army, £2 Shakespeare - Histories, £2 Shakespeare - Comedies, £2 Shakespeare - Tragedies, £2 Great Fire of London, £1 Royal Shield, Last Round Pound, 50p, 50p Battle of Hastings, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2016 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage 3,409 (not included in the above set)

The 2016 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Commemorative Edition, mintage 3,161
8 coins: £5 Queen's 90th Birthday, £2 Army, £2 Shakespeare - Histories, £2 Shakespeare - Comedies, £2 Shakespeare - Tragedies, £2 Great Fire of London, Last Round Pound, 50p Battle of Hastings
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 3,379
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Boxed: 2,338 from edition limit 6,000, plus coins in sets.

In Sets The 2016 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage 383
16 coins: £5 Queen's 90th Birthday, £2 Britannia, £2 Army, £2 Shakespeare - Histories, £2 Shakespeare - Comedies, £2 Shakespeare - Tragedies, £2 Great Fire of London, £1 Royal Shield, Last Round Pound, 50p, 50p Battle of Hastings, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The 2016 United Kingdom Silver Proof Commemorative Coin Set, mintage 658
8 coins: £5 Queen's 90th Birthday, £2 Army, £2 Shakespeare - Histories, £2 Shakespeare - Comedies, £2 Shakespeare - Tragedies, £2 Great Fire of London, Last Round Pound, 50p Battle of Hastings
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Mintage Issued: 1,925
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Boxed: 1,469 from edition limit 3,000, plus coins in sets.

In Set The 2016 United Kingdom Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Set, mintage 456
8 coins: £5 Queen's 90th Birthday, £2 Army, £2 Shakespeare - Histories, £2 Shakespeare - Comedies, £2 Shakespeare - Tragedies, £2 Great Fire of London, Last Round Pound, 50p Battle of Hastings
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2016 Battle of Hastings / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2016 Battle of Hastings / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 319
Material0.917 Gold
Details

Boxed: 237 from edition limit 500, plus coins in sets.

In Set The 2016 United Kingdom Gold Proof Coin Set, mintage 82
8 coins: £5 Queen's 90th Birthday, £2 Army, £2 Shakespeare - Histories, £2 Shakespeare - Comedies, £2 Shakespeare - Tragedies, £2 Great Fire of London, Last Round Pound, 50p Battle of Hastings
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Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Pence 2016 Team GB 6,442,646 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE 2016 ·
Fifty Pence 2016 Battle of Hastings 6,771,009 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Fifty Pence 2016 Beatrix Potter 7,025,085 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2016 ·
Fifty Pence 2016 Peter Rabbit 9,851,012 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2016 ·
Fifty Pence 2016 Jemima Puddle-Duck 2,238,937 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2016 ·
Fifty Pence 2016 Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle 8,915,311 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2016 ·
Fifty Pence 2016 Squirrel Nutkin 5,114,321 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2016 ·
Fifty Pence 2017 1,800,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2017 Peter Rabbit 20,121,866 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2017 Tom Kitten 9,659,302 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2017 Mr. Jeremy Fisher 10,065,668 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2017 Benjamin Bunny 25,158,022 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2017 Sir Isaac Newton 1,801,500 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF· 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2018 (mint sets only) 33,086 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2018 ·
Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act 9,082,636 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018
Fifty Pence 2018 Peter Rabbit 1,563,403 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·
Fifty Pence 2018 Mrs. Tittlemouse 1,830,385 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·
Fifty Pence 2018 The Tailor of Gloucester 4,036,319 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·
Fifty Pence 2018 Flopsy Bunny 1,532,759 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·
Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at the Station 5,175,546 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·
Fifty Pence 2018 Paddington Bear at Buckingham Palace 6,050,841 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Royal Shield 122,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Sherlock Holmes 8,602,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF· 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Paddington Bear at St Paul's 9,001,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Paddington Bear at the Tower 9,001,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Royal Shield 46,540,375 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Brexit 10,001,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 British Diversity 10,300,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2021 ·
Fifty Pence 2022 Royal Shield unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2022 ·
Fifty Pence 2022 Platinum Jubilee unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2022 ·
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Fifty Pence 2016 Battle of Hastings: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFifty Pence (One year types)
Issued2016
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Circulation Mintage6,700,000 (6.7 million)
Total Mintage6,771,009 (6.8 million), Rarity: C (Common)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerJohn Bergdahl
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon (Seven-sided)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.300 mm
Thickness1.780 mm
Mass8.000 g
OCC IDRWKZ-OJNC-LLVN-OXGL
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