What’s Your Favourite 50p?
As part of our ‘50 years of the 50p’ celebrations, we’ve asked a few members of staff if they have a favourite design that’s featured on the reverse of one of our 50ps over the past 50 years. We’ve got a range of beautiful designs to choose from, depicting history, events and iconic figures.
We’ve had some great answers…
Kaz, Social Media Customer Services Advisor – “My favourite is the Isaac Newton 50p – the design is fab and a great representation of Sir Newton himself.”
Gareth, Digital Producer – “My favourite 50p has to be the Representation of the People Act. It was produced in 2018, commemorating 100 years since the Act, a landmark step on the road to equal representation and to the rights we enjoy today. It’s my favourite because it represents power to the people and equality.”
Matt, Historics and Collector Services – “My favourite 50p would have to be the recent Stephen Hawking one. I love space, and the design really captures the essence of a black hole, and the nerd in me loves the scientific formula. I’m also a fan of Stephen Hawking – I read his book A Brief History of Time and it blew my mind!”
Cheryl, Education Officer at the Royal Mint Experience choose Paddington at the Station as her favourite 50p. Cheryl said: “Paddington and I both turned 60 in the same year, so it rings home with me, and will be a coin I will always remember.”
Thomas, Coin Designer – “This is a tough question to answer! I’m torn between two designs: the 2004 50th anniversary of the first four-minute mile by Roger Bannister, and the 2006 150th anniversary of the institution of the Victoria Cross. I’m a fan of both of these designs for very similar reasons – they’re both incredibly clean compositions, with a great balance of sculpted relief and flat table area. They use the unique shape of the 50 pence to crop and frame the design well, and they both tell their story in a simple and understandable way.”
Ruth, Product Manager – “I love the design on the Battle of Hastings 50p from 2016. John Bergdahl’s design needs no interpretation; it clearly depicts the historic warrior who fought in the battle that took place over 950 years ago. I’m a big fan of his work, which is always so intricate.”
What’s your favourite 50p design? We’d love to hear from you. Tell us on social media using the hashtag #50Yearsof50p
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