Britannia 50p

Issue dates:
Old style large 50p – 1969, 1970, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1985
Current style 50p – 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008

Quantity minted: 805,926,100

Approximate values:
Circulated average condition:
50p (£1.00 for 1985 coin)
Circulated excellent condition:
50p (£3.00 for 1985 coin)
Uncirculated:
£1.00 (£10.00 for 1985 coin)

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Description

Front Design:
Figure of Britannia seated beside a lion, by Christopher Ironside.

Obverse Design(s):
Queen Elizabeth II portrait by Raphael Maklouf.
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More about the Britannia 50p

The figure of Britannia seated beside a lion is the most common 50p design in circulation and first appeared in 1672 on a British coin during the reign of Charles II. Long before then there were Roman coins showing the word ‘BRITANNIA’ and the helmeted female representation of Britannia to celebrate the Roman capture of Britain.

Both the old larger type 50p and the new smaller 50p were made dated 1997 (when the coin size changed), however the larger version was only made for year sets. The smaller version was the only one that was circulated in large numbers.

Britannia was always present on at least one coin denomination until 2008, when the decision was made to remove her from the 50 pence piece. This was met with hostility by Daily Mail readers and objection by dozens of MPs who launched a ‘Save Britannia’ campaign at the time. 

Despite the objections, the Britannia 50p design was replaced by the new Royal Shield in 2008 as the standard 50p design, and none have been issued since.

The Rarest Britannia 50p Coin

Only 682,103 Britania’s were produced for circulation in 1985, making it the third rarest 50p ever, and the second rarest larger (old style) 50p. These figures are only trumped by the 1992 EEC Single Market and the 2009 Kew Gardens 50p coins.

Mintage by Year (large 50p)
1969 – 188,400,000
1970 – 19,461,500
1976 – 43,746,500
1977 – 49,536,000
1978 – 72,005,500
1979 – 58,680,000
1980 – 89,086,000
1981 – 74,002,000
1982 – 51,312,000
1983 – 62,824,904
1985 – 682,103

Mintage by Year (current 50p)
1997 – 456,364,100
1998 – 64,306,500
1999 – 24,905,000
2000 – 27,915,500
2001 – 84,998,500
2002 – 23,907,500
2003 – 23,583,000
2004 – 35,315,500
2005 – 25,363,500
2006 – 24,567,000
2007 – 11,200,000
2008 – 3,500,000

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william mainwaring
3 years 2 months ago

please show the opposite side of the 1998 50p coin. ie the queens head

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william mainwaring
3 years 2 months ago

I have a 1998 50p coin. the queens head has a crown over her hair that is showing through, also her face is a lot fuller

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Geoff Wolfe
3 years 2 months ago

It should be this one William… https://fiftypence.co.uk/raphael-maklouf-portrait/

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Francois Claassen
2 years 11 months ago

I have 14 – 1997
01 – 1999
01 – 2000
02 – 2004
01 – 2007
Like to know what they worth.

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Mark
2 years 9 months ago

Whats a 1977 50p worth

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Darren
2 years 5 months ago

Hi i have a old 1977 50p can anyone tell me how much its worth thanks

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Ida
1 year 9 months ago

Hi i have a old 1997 50p can anyone tell me how much its worth thanks

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Martin
1 year 6 months ago

I have the full set of these Britannia 50p coins in circulated condition + the new 2019 with the security icon on it in Bu condition. How much would you think the set is worth?

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Winser
1 year 1 month ago

Hi! I have a 50p coin with the same image but it’s from 1969 and instead of “fifty” I have “new” written on it

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Terence Reeves
1 year 25 days ago

I too have a 50p dug up recently which states “New Pence” on the back with 50 at the bottom under a line? Its 1969 0n the frount in the usual position

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Stacy
11 months 8 days ago

I have a 50p that weight is 14/15 grams it is very thick and heavy and is bigger than a normal 50p

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Grzesio
10 months 21 days ago

hello I have a coin of 50 pence from 1997 with a strange deformation 2 corners are rounded, is there anyone who could look at it and evaluate how is this option ???

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Chester King
5 months 3 days ago

I have this coin in 1997 but I don’t know the value of it

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Daniel tagen
1 month 8 days ago

I have the Britannia 1998 50p and I don’t know how much it is worth? can someone tell me pls

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Geoff Wolfe
1 month 8 days ago

Approximate values are shown towards the top of the page. Circulated value is 50p on that year, uncirculated is £1.

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Valentina
9 days 3 hours ago

I have 3 , 50p coins from 1997 with shield of Britania.. anyone interested?
And i have a rare coin of 50p with ‘THE TAILOR OF GLOUCESTER’ 2018.. PERFECT CONDITION