Battle of Hastings 50p
Issue date: 2016
Quantity minted: 6,700,000
Circulated average condition: 50p
Circulated excellent condition: £2.00
King Harold with arrow in eye at the Battle of Hastings in 1066, by John Bergdahl.
Queen Elizabeth II portrait by Jody Clark.
More about the Battle of Britain 50p
These special edition 50p coins were issued in 2016 to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry and depicting the fate of King Harold at the hands of William The Conqueror, along with the famous date of 1066 when the battle took place.
The Battle of Hastings was fought on the 14th October 1066 between the French army led by Duke William II and the English army led by King Harold. King Harold II was defeated by William the Conqueror which led to the collapse of the English army. William was crowned as the first Norman King, a crucial moment in medieval history. The battle was such a significant event that it completely changed the course of history.
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