50p coins first entered circulation in 1969, replacing the 10-shilling note. Despite their traditional design - the reverse of which features the iconic symbol of Britannia first featured on UK coinage as far back as 1672 - the distinguishable equilateral curved heptagon shape of the 50p was revolutionary and initially, this received a rather mixed reception from the British public.
After smaller 5p and 10p coins were introduced into circulation in the years 1990 and 1992, the 50p coin became the largest of its kind in circulation. This spurred the government to announce a review of it’s size in 1994 and subsequently, on 1st September 1997, a new smaller 50p coin was duly introduced.
Over the past 50 years since it’s issue, special reverse designs of the 50p coin have been released on numerous occasions to commemorate and celebrate important events or people. Some of these have gone onto become valuable 50p coins worth money and are widely sought after by both coin investors and collectors.
At Exclusive Coins, we stock a range of rare 50p pieces, including the much-loved Beatrix Potter 50p celebrating this cherished children’s author and featuring many of her most adored characters including the Peter Rabbit 50p, the Mrs Tiggy Winkle 50p, The Tom Kitten 50p and more. We also have the historic Battle of Britain 50p and beautiful Kew Gardens 50p available, along with many other rare 50p coins worth money.
Have a browse of our range to find yourself a rare 50-pence piece to add to your collection. These unique 50p coins also make a delightful gift idea, sure to be treasured and increase in value with time.