Around two-and-a-half million coins celebrating the contributions ethnic minority communities have made to the UK will enter circulation on Monday.
The coins will feature the words 'Diversity built Britain', along with a geodome representing connection and strength.
The Treasury says that the new coins show the intent of the Royal Mint and Chancellor Rishi Sunak to feature a wider range of people on coins and notes in the future.
A new range of 50p coins have been released by the Royal Mint to commemorate the occasion, though they won't go into circulation. There are some hard-to-find 50p coins lurking in spare change. Ever thought about collecting Gibraltar 50p coins? Take a look at the 44 coin designs released since 1997. There are currently 91 United Kingdom 50p coin designs dated 1997 to 2021. 71 different fifty pence coins are in circulation and can be found in your change. 20 of the 50ps shown were issued as commemorative coins not for circulation.
Dominique Evans previously designed coins marking VE Day and the sapphire anniversary of the Queen's coronation, and came up with the new 50p using her experiences of growing up as a mixed-race woman as inspiration.
She said: 'When designing this coin, I began by thinking about the people who inspire me and what diversity has meant in my life. I believe that no matter where you are born, we all belong under the same sky and this was the starting point of the design.
Christopher Robin 50p. The brave little boy Christopher Robin joins the adventure on the second coin in our Winnie the Pooh and Friends Collection. Loveable characters from the charming storybooks have been brought to life on a brand-new collection of 50p coins. The new 50p was commissioned by Chancellor Rishi Sunak as part of plans to include a wider range of people on coins and notes in the future. It was created by Dominique Evans, who has previously. A new version of the Kew Gardens 50p was issued in 2019, as part of a special British Culture Set marking 50 years of the 50p coin. The Kew Gardens coin was minted to mark the institution’s.
'The background of the coin features a geodome with a series of interconnecting lines and triangles that form a network. Each part is equal, and symbolises a community of connection and strength.'
The coin was commissioned by Mr Sunak after discussions with the We Too Built Britain campaign, which supports fair representation of the contributions of ethnic minority communities.
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He said: 'I have seen first-hand the contribution made by ethnic minority communities to Britain's history.
'This coin, and the rest of the series, will act as a fitting tribute to the very profound impact ethnic minority communities have made on Britain, and I am grateful to the Royal Mint for turning this around at record speed.'
I have seen first-hand the contribution made by ethnic minority communities to Britain’s history. That is why I backed the “We Too Built Britain” campaign and requested that the @RoyalMintUK introduced this new coin to celebrate it.
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New 50p Coin Uk— Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) October 17, 2020
Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulated Ms Evans, saying: 'Her design is the first in a series of coins the Mint will be producing, celebrating those who have helped shape our national history and culture.'
The government plans to consult with We Too Built Britain and other groups representing ethnic minority communities on the themes of future coins in the series.
The Royal Mint and the West India Committee will also be sending education packs to primary schools in England and Wales following the release of the coins.
Zehra Zaidi, a campaigner who recently attended a roundtable event held by Mr Sunak, said: 'Ethnic minority people, as well as all under-represented groups, need to see themselves represented in British institutions.
'It is a part of an invisible social contract and it can build cohesion, promote a sense of belonging, inspire young people and unite us as a nation, showing that we all have an equal stake in society.
'We are a diverse, modern and global Britain - let's show that. This coin helps bridge our nation's past, its diverse present and its future, looking outward, positively, together.'
2021 marks 50 years since our UK coins turned decimal, in the biggest numismatic change seen in centuries.
In celebration of this significant anniversary, The Royal Mint issued not one, but TWO Decimal Day 50ps in 2021. The reverse designs are the same, but that certainly can’t be said for their obverses…
The first version of the Decimal Day 50p, available exclusively in the 2021 Annual Coin Set, features the original Arnold Machin portraitof Her Majesty The Queen on the obverse – the same obverse used for the UK’s very first decimal coins.
However, the individual coin which was released later in January, featured Jody Clark’s fifth portrait of The Queen instead.
So why did The Royal Mint revert back to the Queen’s first decimal effigy for this new issue? Join Change Checker as we take a closer look…
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The 50p available in the Annual Setwhich features the original Machin portrait on the obverse, quickly caught the eyes of collectors as this was the first time we have seen The Royal Mint revert a previous portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II on a base metal UK coin.
Marking 50 years since our UK coins went decimal, it seemed only fitting that this coin should include Machin’s obverse design.
But, when the Decimal Day 50p was individually released later in January, collectors had the opportunity to get their hands on a second version of this coin, as Jody Clark’s portrait of The Queen featured on the obverse.
So with two versions of the 2021 UK Decimal Day 50p out there, this coin is set to become a real talking point among collectors!
Arnold Machin Portrait
7 casino slots. The significance of this anniversary and the fact that the Machin portrait of HM QEII was the first to be used on the UK’s 50p, makes for the perfect excuse to revert back to this previous effigy on the exclusive Decimal Day 50p within the Annual Set.
The UK’s very first decimal coins (5p, 10p, followed by 50p) actually entered circulation before 1971 and as they were circulating together with pre-decimal currency, a new portrait of The Queen was commissioned to help the new coins stand out.
Arnold Machin’s new portrait showed The Queen wearing a tiara given to The Queen by her grandmother, Queen Mary.
We love the fact that collectors have the chance to see this previous portrait reused on this brand new 50p and it certainly makes for interesting collecting!
Have you secure both versions of the 2021 Decimal Day for your collections? Let us know in the comments below!
But that’s not all, as this is not the first time we’ve seen different obverses used on the same coin…
2015 Battle of Britain 50p
In 2015, The Battle of Britain 50p shot to fame as collectors were quick to spot that there were THREE different versions of the coin, with different obverses on each of them.
The Brilliant Uncirculated 50p was issued early in 2015 and was quickly dubbed an ‘error’ coin. The coins, which were sold in presentation packs, had been struck without the denomination in either numbers or writing anywhere on the coin. Chancers were quick to play to this, with some managing to sell on the coins for near to £100 each on the secondary market.
After the controversy surrounding the coin erupted, the Royal Mint confirmed that the 50p intended for circulation later on in the year would have the ’50 PENCE’ denomination. But was this after they had realised their mistake?
So how did this coin end up with three different obverses?
Each version of this coin has caused a stir in the collecting world. Not only does this Battle of Britain 50p fail to feature a denomination on the Brilliant Uncirculated version, but the obverse is different for each finish used for the coin – a first for a UK commemorative coin.
In 2019, a brand new re-issued Brilliant Uncirculated version of the Battle of Britain 50p (from the 2019 50th Anniversary of the 50p Military Set) saw Jody Clark’s portrait and the 50 PENCE denomination – making this the FOURTH version of this 50p!
Do you have any of the Battle of Britain 50p coins? Let us know in the comments below!
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