Fifty Pence 2017, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Fifty Pence 2017, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFifty Pence 2017

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 reverse was changed to (this) 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 featured on the £1 coin, which was later discontinued.

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

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 2017 have now been in circulation for only four years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage1,800,000 (1.8 million)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2017 - 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 · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith.

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

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2017 - reverse photo

The lowest point of the Royal Arms of the United Kingdom, showing the third and fourth quarterings, with the value and denomination FIFTY PENCE below the point of the shield.

The designer's initials MD (for Matthew Dent) are incuse in small letters in the groove between the shield and the lower field (in the continuation of the dotted line which goes across the coin).

Reverse Inscription FIFTY PENCE
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Fifty Pence 2017: Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: unknown
In Sets 2017 United Kingdom Annual Coin Set - The Coins of 2017, mintage 27,551
13 coins: £5 King Canute, £5 House of Windsor, £2 Britannia, £2 Jane Austen, £2 Aviation, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Sir Isaac Newton, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

2017 United Kingdom Definitive Coin Set - The Definitive Coins of 2017, mintage 12,980
8 coins: £2 Britannia, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: My First Coins & Baby Journal (2017), mintage unknown (included in the above set)
- variety: Coins of Your Wedding Year 2017, mintage unknown (included in the above set)
Variety Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: unknown
In Set The 2017 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Collector Edition, mintage 7,522
13 coins: £5 King Canute, £5 House of Windsor, £2 Britannia, £2 Jane Austen, £2 Aviation, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Sir Isaac Newton, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2017 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage 3,603 (not included in the above set)
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: unknown
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Mint set Spink PSS72. Edition limit: 1,500.

In Set The 2017 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage 609
13 coins: £5 King Canute, £5 House of Windsor, £2 Britannia, £2 Jane Austen, £2 Aviation, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Sir Isaac Newton, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Mintage Issued: 34
Material0.917 Gold
In Set The 2017 United Kingdom Gold Proof Definitive Coin Set, mintage 34
13 coins: £5 King Canute, £5 House of Windsor, £2 Britannia, £2 Jane Austen, £2 Aviation, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Sir Isaac Newton, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Fifty Pence 2017: References to Information Used
SourceEditionAboutLinkNotes
Royal Mint 28th March 2019 Mint link
Royal Mint 28th March 2019 Mintage link Circulation mintage
Showing 29 from a total of 129 coins of type: Fifty Pence
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 ·
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Fifty Pence 2017: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFifty Pence (Dent design)
Issued2017
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Circulation Mintage1,800,000 (1.8 million)
Total Mintage1,800,000 (1.8 million)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerMatthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon
Size27.300 mm
Thickness1.780 mm
Mass8.000 g
OCC IDLGVB-ELDC-LLZY-EMPX
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Fifty Pence 2017: Photos
ImageDetails
Shield of the Royal Arms 50p Coin
Copyright: Royal Mint
Source
Fifty Pence 2017: Catalogue Reference IDs
SourceReference ID
Spink, Coins of England and the United KingdomH30
Krause, Standard Catalog of World CoinsGreat Britain KM# 1337, 1337a (Silver Proof)