Sir Isaac Newton 50p
Issue date: 2017
Quantity minted: 1,801,500
Circulated average condition: £1.00
Circulated excellent condition: £4.00
By Aaron West. Based on elements of Proposition 11 in Book One of Newton’s Principia Mathematica,
Queen Elizabeth II portrait by Jody Clark.
More about the Isaac Newton 50p
These special edition 50p coins were issued in 2017 to commemorate the achievements of Sir Isaac Newton, marking the 375th anniversary of his birth. Widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution, Newton changed our understanding of mathematics and physics, redefined the way we see the world and shaping the security of our currency in his role as Master of the Mint.
When Sir Isaac Newton came to The Royal Mint, as many as one in ten circulating coins were believed to be forged. A vision of matchless quality led him to root out and prosecute the notorious counterfeiters, improving quality checks and refining the weights and measures to standards never seen before.
In 1699 Newton became Master of the Mint. After overseeing the new coinage for the accession of Queen Anne in 1702 he went on to supervise the process of bringing Scottish coinage into line with English coinage, following the Union of England and Scotland in 1707. Thanks to Newton’s vision Royal Mint coins are unrivalled in their accuracy and purity to this day.
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Mintage figures released at Christmas 2017 show this now to be the second rarest 50p in general circulation with a really low 1.8 million. Only outdone by the infamous Kew Gardens 50p coin. Will there ever be another as low?
I mean that’s current. But you have to remember that Kew isn’t the lowest minted 50p coin from the UK it’s always going to be the EU presidency coin that only had 109,000