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50p Commemorative

Year

Event

Design

Designer

Mintage

1973

United Kingdom's accession to the European Economic Community

The inscription "50 PENCE" and the date of the year, surrounded by nine hands, symbolising the nine members of the Community, clasping one another in a mutual gesture of trust, assistance and friendship

David Wynne

89,775,000

1992-93

United Kingdom's Presidency of the Council of Ministers and the completion of the Single European Market

A representation of a table on which are placed twelve stars, linked by a network of lines to each other and also to twelve chairs around the table, on one of which appear the letters "UK", and with the dates "1992" and "1993" above and the value "50 PENCE" below

Mary Milner Dickens

109,000

1994

50th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings

A design representing the Allied invasion force heading for Normandy andfilling the sea and sky, together with the value "50 PENCE"

John Mills

6,705,520

1998

United Kingdom's Presidency of the European Union, and the 25th Anniversary of the United Kingdom's accession to the European Economic Community

A celebratory arrangement of stars with the letters "EU" between the Anniversary dates "1973" and "1998", and the value 50 PENCE below

John Mills

5,043,000

1998

50th Anniversary of the National Health Service

A pair of hands set against a pattern of radiating lines with the words "FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY" and the value "50 PENCE",accompanied by the initials "NHS" which appear five times on the outer border

David Cornell

5,001,000

2000

150th Anniversary of the Public Libraries Act 1850

The turning pages of a book, the Anniversary dates "1850" and "2000", and the value "50 PENCE", all above a classical library building on which appear the words "PUBLIC LIBRARIES" and,within the pediment, representations of compact discs

Mary Milner Dickens

11,263,000

2003

100th Anniversary of the formation of the Women's Social and Political Union

The figure of a suffragette chained to railings and holding a banner on which appear the letters WSPU, to the right a ballot paper marked with a cross and the words GIVE WOMEN THE VOTE, to the left the value 50 PENCE, and below and to the far right the Anniversary dates 1903 and 2003

Mary Milner Dickens

3,124,030

2004

50th Anniversary of the first four-minute mile by Roger Bannister

The legs of a running athlete with a stylised stopwatch in the background and the value 50 PENCE below

James Butler

9,032,500

2005

250th Anniversary of Samuel Johnson's Dictionary of the English Language

Entries from the Dictionary for the words FIFTY and PENCE, with the figure 50 above, and the inscription JOHNSON'S DICTIONARY 1755 below

Tom Phillips

17,649,000

2006

150th Anniversary of the institution of the Victoria Cross

Depiction of the obverse and reverse of a Victoria Cross with the date 29 JAN 1856 in the centre of the reverse of the Cross, the letters VC to the right and the value FIFTY PENCE below

Claire Aldridge

12,087,000

2006

150th Anniversary of the institution of the Victoria Cross

Depiction of a soldier carrying a wounded comrade with an outline of the Victoria Cross surrounded by a sunburst effect in the background

Clive Duncan

10,000,500

2007

Centenary of the Foundation of the Scouting Movement

A fleur-de-lis superimposed over a globe and surrounded by the inscription "BE PREPARED", the dates "1907" and "2007", and the denomination "FIFTY PENCE"

Kerry Jones

7,710,750

2009

250th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

A design showing the pagoda encircled by a vine and accompanied by the dates “1759” and “2009”, with the word “KEW” at the base of the pagoda

Christopher Le Brun

210,000

2010

Celebrating 100 Years of Girlguiding UK

A hexagon made of six of the shamrock symbols of Girlguiding

Jonathan Evans and Donna Hainan

7,410,090

2011

Celebrating 50 years of the work of the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF)

Fifty small symbols showing the range of work of the WWF

Matthew Dent

3,400,000

2013

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Christopher Ironside

The design which Ironside made for the 50p coin, showing the Coat of arms of the United Kingdom

Christopher Ironside

7,000,000

2013

Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten

The composer's name, written across musical bars

Tom Phillips

15,601,000

2014

2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow

A cyclist and a runner, separated by the Flag of Scotland

Alex Loudon and Dan Flashman

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