The Royal Mint has released new five coins to mark the 50th anniversary of launching its 50p coin. 50 pence coin was launched in 1969 and went on to become one of the most popular coins ever.

The designs of the five commemorative coins carry the design of the most popular 50 pence coins from the past 50 years. Therefore, the new set of coins include reminted versions of the most popular commemorative coins with some modifications.

The five commemorative coins include the following:

1- 'A Monstrous Piece of Metal' or Britannia. This coin has proved to be one of the rarest and most popular coins ever.

2- The 50th Anniversary of the First Sub-Four-Minute Mile. On 6 May 1954, Roger Bannister, a British medical student, broke a world record when he ran a mile in 3 minutes 59.4 seconds. The coin was first released in 2004 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of this achievement.

3- The 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Scouting Movement. This coin celebrated the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the scouting movement in Britain in 1907 by British cavalry officer Robert Baden-Powell. Baden-Powell’s idea took off all over the world, with scouting organizations existing today in more than 170 different countries. The coin was released in 2007.

4- The 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Girl Guides: By 1910 Robert Baden-Powell’s scouting movement was taking off all over the world, so he asked his sister Agnes to start a similar group for girls. Released in 2010, this coin celebrated the passage of 100 years since the establishment of the Founding of the Girl Guides.

5- The 250th Anniversary of the Founding of Kew Gardens. The coin marked the 250th anniversary of the founding of Kew Gardens, the country’s most famous royal botanical garden. With just 210,000 Kew Gardens 50p coins released into circulation, this coin became the rarest 50p design.

Issue year, 2019, was dated on the coins, which were finished to Brilliant Uncirculated standard. The uncirculated versions of the coins have unlimited mintage.

Source: Royal Mint, images by Royal Mint