Nicola Howell, director of the consumer business at The Royal Mint, said: “Since the 50p entered UK circulation 50 years ago, the distinctive design has become a popular addition to the nation’s pockets and wallets. Over the years, the commemorative editions that The Royal Mint has released to mark British cultural and historical highlights have also become incredibly popular sparking something of a collecting craze.
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New 50 pence piece
1969 had a great many significant events not least the first steps on the moon by astronaut Neil Armstrong. Closer to home and much more accessible is the money in your pocket, more specifically the 50 pence piece. The seven sided coin was first introduced into circulation in 1969 and the Royal Mint has decided to honour the 50th anniversary this year with the release of a special set of coins.
The set includes a 50p marking Kew Garden’s 250th anniversary, one featuring Sir Roger Bannister’s record breaking 3 minute mile run and another celebrating the Boy Scouts and Girl Guides movements.