Fifty Pence 2021 John Logie Baird, Coin from United Kingdom - detailed information

Fifty Pence 2021 John Logie Baird, Coin from United Kingdom
CoinFifty Pence 2021 John Logie Baird

The British 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 of its introduction, makes it easily distinguishable from round coins both by feel and by sight, while its constant breadth allows it to roll in vending machines.

The first UK Fifty Pence coin was issued in 1969 with the classic Britannia reverse design by Christopher Ironside, which was superseded in 2008 by the Matthew Dent design for circulation coins.The denomination is also extensively used to issue circulating commemorative coins.

Beginning in 2009, the Royal Mint started issuing 50 pence coins for collectors - such as this one - which are not meant to be released in circulation, so are classified as Non-Circulating Legal Tender (NCLT).

This commemorative 50p coin is the third in the Innovation in Science 50p series, and marks the 75th anniversary of the death of John Logie Baird. A prolific inventor famous for his early prototypes of television, John Logie Baird’s work changed society and entertainment around the world. The coin celebrates the inventor and his creations.

The coin was designed by Osborne Ross - a design consultancy based in London. The artists say about the design:
"“The equipment that Logie Baird used for his first broadcast is not recognisable to our modern eyes as a television, so we looked for another way to express the idea of transmission. A silhouette of the mast at Crystal Palace, together with the radiating circles indicating a broadcast, gave a strong graphic illustration which worked well within the shape of the coin.

We felt that using the radiating lines as a timeline of Logie Baird’s life and achievements would help to give the viewer a second level of read. We worked closely with the Product Design department at The Royal Mint, using their expertise to add nuance and subtle modelling to the concept and bring it alive in three dimensions.”

The coins were issued in the mint sets of the year (base metal in Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof grade, and Proof in precious metals).

No coins of this type were released into circulation.

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Obverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 John Logie Baird - 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 · 2021 ·. 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 · 2021 ·
Reverse
United Kingdom / Fifty Pence 2021 John Logie Baird - reverse photo

The reverse design features seven concentric circles emanating like radio waves from an antenna at the bottom (a silhouette of the mast at Crystal Palace). The outer four are inscribed with highlights from John Logie Baird’s life and career, respectively (from the centre outward):
1926 Demonstrates analogue television
1906 Studies engineering 1928 First transatlantic transmission
1888 John Logie Baird born 1946 John Logie Baird dies
JOHN LOGIE BAIRD TELEVISION PIONEER (around above) and the dates of his life 1888 and 1946 separated by the base of the antenna below.

Around right, the designers' initials AR (for Andrew Ross) and DO (Deborah Osborne).

Value and denomination are on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription JOHN LOGIE BAIRD TELEVISION PIONEER 1888 1946
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Date of issue as an individual coin: 10 May 2021 (some were issued earlier in the annual mint sets).

The coin is not included in the Definitive mint sets, which only feature regular circulating designs.

See also

Coins in the Innovation in Science series include:
- 50 Pence Stephen Hawking 2019
- 50 Pence Rosalind Franklin 2020
- 50 Pence John Logie Baird 2021
- 50 Pence Charles Babbage 2021
- 50 Pence Discovery of Insulin 2021

Fifty Pence 2021 John Logie Baird: Known varieties
Variety In Presentation Card
Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coin in a presentation card.

Royal Mint Product Code: UK21LBBU. Issue price: £10.00.

Variety In mint sets
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Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Brilliant Uncirculated coins in Royal Mint sets.

In Set 2021 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Annual Coin Set - The 2021 Collection, mintage unknown
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
Variety Proof FDC
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Mintage Issued: unknown
Details

Proof FDC coins in Royal Mint sets.

In Sets The 2021 United Kingdom Proof Coin Set Collector Edition, mintage unknown
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 unknown
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
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Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 5,010
Material0.925 Silver
Details

27.30 mm, 8.00 g sterling silver.

Individually boxed. Royal Mint Product Code: UK21LBSP. Issue limit: 4,000. Maximum Coin Mintage: 5,010. Issue price: £57.50.

Also in sets.

In Set The 2021 United Kingdom Silver Proof Coin Set, mintage unknown
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
Variety Silver Proof Piedfort
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Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 2,200
Material0.925 Silver
Details

Identical to the Silver Proof but double the thickness and weight.
27.30 mm, 16.00 g sterling silver.

Individually boxed. Royal Mint Product Code: UK21LBPF. Issue limit: 1,900. Maximum Coin Mintage: 2,200. Issue price: £102.50.

Also in sets.

In Set The 2021 United Kingdom Silver Proof Piedfort Coin Set, mintage 300
5 coins: £5 Queen's 95th Birthday, £2 H.G. Wells, £2 Sir Walter Scott, 50p Decimal Day, 50p John Logie Baird
Variety Gold Proof FDC
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Mintage Issued: unknown. Mintage limit: 405
Material0.917 Gold
Details

27.30 mm, 15.50 g 22-carat red gold.

Individually boxed. Royal Mint Product Code: UK21LBGP. Issue limit: 300. Maximum Coin Mintage: 405. Issue price: £1,065.00.

Also in sets.

In Set The 2021 United Kingdom Gold Proof Commemorative Coin Set, mintage 75
5 coins: £5 Queen's 95th Birthday, £2 H.G. Wells, £2 Sir Walter Scott, 50p Decimal Day, 50p John Logie Baird
All (69) coins of type: Fifty Pence (Non-Circulating Legal Tender)
Coin NameMintageEffigyLegend
Fifty Pence 2009 - London 2012 - Athletics 19,751 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 New Pence (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 EEC (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Single Market (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 D-Day (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 EU (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 NHS (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Public Libraries Act (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Suffragettes (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Roger Bannister (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Dictionary (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Victoria Cross - Award (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Victoria Cross - Heroic Acts (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2009 Scouting (NCLT) 1,039 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2009
Fifty Pence 2010 - London 2012 - Cycling (Gold) 1 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2010
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Athletics (Gold) 26 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Boxing (Gold) 18 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Canoeing (Gold) 17 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Cycling (Gold) 26 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Equestrian (Gold) 22 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Rowing (Gold) 26 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Sailing (Gold) 17 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Shooting (Gold) 17 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Taekwondo (Gold) 15 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Tennis (Gold) 25 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2012 - London 2012 - Triathlon (Gold) 22 Queen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait ELIZABETH · II · D · G REG · F · D · 2012
Fifty Pence 2018 The Snowman (NCLT) 170,705 Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2018 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Stephen Hawking (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 New Pence (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Roger Bannister (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Scouting (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Kew Gardens (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Girl Guiding (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 D-Day (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Victoria Cross - Award (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Victoria Cross - Heroic Acts (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · DEI · GRA · REG · FID · DEF · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Battle of Britain (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Battle of Hastings (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Peter Rabbit (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 The Gruffalo (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 The Gruffalo and Mouse (NCLT) unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 The Snowman unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2019 Wallace and Gromit unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2019 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Team GB unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Megalosaurus unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Iguanodon unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Hylaeosaurus unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Peter Rabbit unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Rosalind Franklin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Winnie the Pooh unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Winnie the Pooh - Christopher Robin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Winnie the Pooh - Piglet unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 Diversity unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2020 The Snowman unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2020 ·
Fifty Pence 2021 Anniversary of Decimalisation unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Second Portrait ELIZABETH II D · G · REG · F · D · 2021 50 PENCE
Fifty Pence 2021 John Logie Baird unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2021 ·
Fifty Pence 2021 Charles Babbage unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2021 ·
Fifty Pence 2021 Discovery of Insulin unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2021 ·
Fifty Pence 2021 Temnodontosaurus unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2021 ·
Fifty Pence 2021 Plesiosaurus unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2021 ·
Fifty Pence 2021 Dimorphodon unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2021 ·
Fifty Pence 2021 Team GB unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2021 ·
Fifty Pence 2021 Winnie the Pooh and Friends unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2021 ·
Fifty Pence 2021 Winnie the Pooh - Owl unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2021 ·
Fifty Pence 2021 Winnie the Pooh - Tigger unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2021 ·
Fifty Pence 2021 The Snowman unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2021 ·
Fifty Pence 2022 Platinum Jubilee unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2022 ·
Fifty Pence 2022 Platinum Jubilee, Equestrian Portrait unknown Equestrian Portrait of Queen Elizabeth II ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2022 ·
Fifty Pence 2022 Commonwealth Games unknown Queen Elizabeth II - Fifth Portrait ELIZABETH II · D · G · REG · F · D · 50 PENCE · 2022 ·
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Fifty Pence 2021 John Logie Baird: Details
CountryUnited Kingdom
CurrencyPound Sterling
Coin TypeFifty Pence (Non-Circulating Legal Tender)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Fifth Portrait)
Face Value50 (x Penny)
Mintageunknown
CurrentYes
MaterialCuproNickel
DesignerAndrew Ross, Deborah Osborne
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeHeptagon (Seven-sided)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size27.300 mm
Thickness1.780 mm
Mass8.000 g
OCC IDLBRP-ERRC-PYXR-EMNY
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