Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only), Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only), Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only)

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 2021 have now been in circulation for only three years.

MintRoyal Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage52,674
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Obverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only) - 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 · 2021 ·. 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 · 2021 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only) - 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 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only): Known varieties
Variety In mint sets
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only) / In mint sets - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only) / In mint sets - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 43,822 (included in total)
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coins in Royal Mint sets.

In Sets 2021 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Annual Coin Set - The 2021 Collection, mintage 33,280
13 coins: £5 Queen's 95th Birthday, £2 Britannia, £2 H.G. Wells, £2 Sir Walter Scott, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Decimal Day, 50p John Logie Baird, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p

2021 United Kingdom Definitive Coin Set - The Definitive Coins of 2021, mintage 6,031
8 coins: £2 Britannia, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
- variety: Hello Little One 2021 Baby Journal, mintage 4,161 (not included in the above set)
- variety: 2021 Wedding Journal, mintage 350 (not included in the above set)
Variety My Lost Tooth Celebration Set
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin dated 2021, boxed, with a "beautifully crafted cream pouch which keeps the coin safe" and a "thank you" letter from the Tooth Fairy.

Royal Mint Product Code: TF21MLTK; release price £15.00. Mintage not listed by the Royal Mint.

Variety Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only) / Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only) / Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 8,852 (included in total)
Details

Proof FDC coins in Royal Mint sets.

In Sets The 2021 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Collector Edition, mintage 6,397
13 coins: £5 Queen's 95th Birthday, £2 Britannia, £2 H.G. Wells, £2 Sir Walter Scott, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Decimal Day, 50p John Logie Baird, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p, Oblong Proof Medal

The 2021 United Kingdom Premium Proof Coin Set, mintage 2,455
13 coins: £5 Queen's 95th Birthday, £2 Britannia, £2 H.G. Wells, £2 Sir Walter Scott, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Decimal Day, 50p John Logie Baird, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p, Round Proof Medal
Variety Silver Proof FDC
Images United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only) / Silver Proof FDC - obverse photo United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only) / Silver Proof FDC - reverse photo
Mintage Issued: 539
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Silver Proof FDC coins in Royal Mint sets.
27.03 mm, 8.00 g sterling silver.

In Set The 2021 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage 539
13 coins: £5 Queen's 95th Birthday, £2 Britannia, £2 H.G. Wells, £2 Sir Walter Scott, £1 Nations of the Crown, 50p, 50p Decimal Day, 50p John Logie Baird, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p, 1p
Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only): References to Information Used
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Showing 35 from a total of 135 coins of type: Fifty Pence
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
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 Royal Shield 1,853,481 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2017 Peter Rabbit 20,123,661 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2017 Tom Kitten 9,660,496 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2017 Mr. Jeremy Fisher 10,067,160 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2017 Benjamin Bunny 25,160,040 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2017 Sir Isaac Newton 1,909,787 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF· 2017 ·
Fifty Pence 2018 Royal Shield (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 4,036,357 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 6,050,842 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Royal Shield 122,051,879 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Sherlock Holmes 8,721,913 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF· 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Paddington Bear at St Paul's 9,084,718 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Paddington Bear at the Tower 9,088,965 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Royal Shield 46,596,843 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Brexit 10,309,362 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 (mint sets only) 52,674 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2021 ·
Fifty Pence 2022 Royal Shield 9,500,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2022 ·
Fifty Pence 2022 Platinum Jubilee 5,000,070 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2022 ·
Fifty Pence 2022 In Memory of Queen Elizabeth II 9,809,397 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE ·
Fifty Pence 2022 50 Years of Pride 5,000,000 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2022 ·
Fifty Pence 2023 King Charles III Coronation 5,000,000 King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2023 ·
Fifty Pence 2023 Salmon unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF · 2023 ·
Fifty Pence 2024 Salmon unknown King Charles III - First Portrait CHARLES III · DEI · GRA · REX · FID · DEF · 2024 ·
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Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only): Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFifty Pence (Dent design)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Total Mintage52,674
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerMatthew Dent
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon
Size27.3000 mm
Thickness1.7800 mm
Mass8.0000 g
OCC IDBVYX-OWRC-JARZ-EJZN
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Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only): Photos
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Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only): Photo 50p Silver Proof Coin / thumbnail 50p Silver Proof Coin
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Notes: Silver proof.
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Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only): Photo 50p 2021 Proof Coin / thumbnail 50p 2021 Proof Coin
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Notes: Proof.
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Fifty Pence 2021 Royal Shield (mint sets only): Photo 50p 2021 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin / thumbnail 50p 2021 Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
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