Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act

The Representation of the People Act 1918 was a big step on the journey towards the voting rights citizens of the United Kingdom enjoy today. It gave the right to vote to all men over the age of 21, and any man 19 or older who had served in the armed forces. Most significantly, women received the right to vote for the first time in history. There were conditions; women had to be over 30 and ‘of property’ but even so it represented a dramatic shift in attitudes and paved the way for the Equal Franchise Act 1928, which finally gave all women over 21 the same voting rights as men.

The Representation of the People Act 1918 meant that a greater number and a broader mix of voices could now be heard at the polls. 100 years later, the Royal Mint marked the centenary of this historic Act with this UK circulating commemorative 50p coin. The coin’s design, created by Royal Mint graphic designer Stephen Taylor and inspired by posters of the period, brings to life the achievement of women, soldiers and middle-class men queuing to vote for the first time.

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, later discontinued).

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 2018 have now been in circulation for only four years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage9,082,636 (9.1 million)
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act - 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 · 2018. Translated from Latin: Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith, followed by the value and denomination in English and the year.

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 · 2018
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act - reverse photo

The reverse features five human figures: women, soldiers and middle-class men queuing to vote for the first time. Above them, in four lines, 1918 REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE ACT.

In small letters in the right field are the designer's initials, ST (for Stephen Taylor).

The denomination and value are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription 1918 REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE ACT
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Mintage includes 38,614 "Brilliant Uncirculated Coin in Tubes" not listed as a variety below.

Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act: Known varieties
Variety Specimen in presentation folder
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act / Specimen in presentation folder - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act / Specimen in presentation folder - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 12,311 (included in total)
Details

Royal Mint Product code: UK18RPBU. Issue price £10.00.

Variety In PNC
Mintage Issued: 1,303 (included in total)
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin in Philatelic Numismatic Cover (PNC).

Variety In mint sets
Mintage Issued: 18,900 (included in total)
In Set 2018 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Annual Coin Set - The 2018 Collection, mintage 18,900
13 coins: £5 Prince George, £2 Britannia, £2 Royal Air Force, £2 Armistice, £2 Frankenstein, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Representation of the People Act, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Variety Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 11,508 (included in total)
In Sets The 2018 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Collector Edition, mintage 5,787
13 coins: £5 Prince George, £2 Britannia, £2 Royal Air Force, £2 Armistice, £2 Frankenstein, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Representation of the People Act, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: The 2018 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage 2,544 (not included in the above set)

The 2018 United Kingdom Proof Commemorative Coin Set, mintage 3,177
5 coins: £5 Prince George, £2 Royal Air Force, £2 Armistice, £2 Frankenstein, 50p Representation of the People Act
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 2,754. Mintage limit: 6,500
Material0.925 Silver
Details

27.30 mm, 8.00 g of sterling silver. Total edition limit: 6,500, including coins in sets.

Boxed, Royal Mint Product code: UK18RPSP. Issued: 1,773.

Also in sets.

In Sets The 2018 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage 596
13 coins: £5 Prince George, £2 Britannia, £2 Royal Air Force, £2 Armistice, £2 Frankenstein, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Representation of the People Act, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

The 2018 United Kingdom Silver Proof Commemorative Coin Set, mintage 385
5 coins: £5 Prince George, £2 Royal Air Force, £2 Armistice, £2 Frankenstein, 50p Representation of the People Act
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act / Silver Proof Piedfort - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act / Silver Proof Piedfort - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 1,325. Mintage limit: 2,918
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Royal Mint Product code: UK18RPPF. Issue price £95.00. Edition limit: 2,918.

987 individual coins, plus coins in sets.

In Set The 2018 United Kingdom Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Set, mintage 338
5 coins: £5 Prince George, £2 Royal Air Force, £2 Armistice, £2 Frankenstein, 50p Representation of the People Act
Variety Gold Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act / Gold Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act / Gold Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 278
Material0.917 Gold
Details

Edition limit: 500, including coins in sets.

139 individual coins, plus coins in sets (also 139?).

In Set The 2018 United Kingdom Gold Proof Commemorative Coin Set, mintage 139
5 coins: £5 Prince George, £2 Royal Air Force, £2 Armistice, £2 Frankenstein, 50p Representation of the People Act
Fifty Pence 2018 Representation of the People Act: References to Information Used
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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 2018 Representation of the People Act: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFifty Pence (One year types)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Circulation Mintage9,000,000 (9.0 million)
Total Mintage9,082,636 (9.1 million)
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerStephen Taylor
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon (Seven-sided)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.300 mm
Thickness1.780 mm
Mass8.000 g
OCC IDRWKZ-OJNC-LVQD-OXGL
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Representation of the People Act 2018 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin
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Representation of the People Act 2018 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin
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Representation of the People Act 2018 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin
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Representation of the People Act 2018 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin
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Representation of the People Act 2018 UK 50p Proof Coin
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Representation of the People Act 2018 UK 50p Proof Coin
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Representation of the People Act 2018 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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Representation of the People Act 2018 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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