Coin Type Specifications
Region: GB
Denomination: 50p
Diameter: 30 (mm)
Coin Metal Composition:
Copper [75%] 1.875 (g)
Nickel [25%] 0.625 (g)
Total Mass: 2.5 (g)

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1969-1981 - Elizabeth II - 50 New Pence
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1969-1981 - Elizabeth II - 50 New Pence Coin Composition
Composition Totals From 2 Coins
Copper : 3.75 Grams
Nickel : 1.25 Grams
Total Mass : 5 Grams

Metal USD/Pound USD/Troy Ounce USD/Gram Grams/Coin USD/Coin
Copper $2.091 $0.143 $0.005 1.875 g $0.009
Nickel $4.494 $0.308 $0.010 0.625 g $0.006
Precious and Base Metal Melt Value For Each Coin: $0.015
Combined Precious and Base Metal Melt Value For 2 Coins: $0.029
- Precious Metal prices updated on 07-19-2024
2 Example Coins Found...


Coin Type Description
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Years Minted: 1969-1981
Mint Marks:
Denomination: 50p
Obverse Design: The bust of Queen Elizabeth II, facing right, wearing the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" Tiara Lettering: D.G.REG.F.D.1979 ELIZABETH II
Obverse Designer: Arnold Machin
Reverse Design: Seated Britannia above denomination Lettering: 50 NEW PENCE
Reverse Designer: Christopher Ironside
1969-1981 - Elizabeth II - 50 New Pence

The British decimal fifty pence (50p) coin is a unit of currency equaling one half of a pound sterling. It is a seven-sided coin formed as an equilateral curve heptagon. Its obverse has featured the profile of Queen Elizabeth II since the coin’s introduction in 1969.

The original reverse of the coin, designed by Christopher Ironside, and used from 1969 to 2008, is a seated Britannia alongside a lion, accompanied by either NEW PENCE (1969–1982) or FIFTY PENCE above Britannia, with the numeral 50 underneath the seated figure.

As with all new decimal currency, until 1984 the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin appeared on the obverse, in which the Queen wears the 'Girls of Great Britain and Ireland' Tiara.


British coin Fifty Pence

During the history of the coin, three different obverses have been used so far - between 1982 and 1984 the head of Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin was used, between 1985 and 1997 the head by Raphael Maklouf was used, and since 1998 one by Ian Rank-Broadley has been used.

Large type 1: (1969-1972, 1974-1981).
Obverse: Machin head, inscription ELIZABETH II D G REG F D date, starting to the right of the head. Reverse: Britannia and lion, 50 below NEW PENCE above.

Large type 2: (1973). Obverse: Machin head, inscription ELIZABETH II D G REG F D, starting to the right of the head, no date. Reverse: Nine clasped hands, 1973 50 PENCE in the centre -- commemorates the UK's accession to the European Economic Community.


The seven sides of a 50p coin

The 50p coin replaced the old ten-shilling note prior to decimalisation in 1971, so it changed from being a printed denomination to a minted one! It was the world’s first seven-sided coin, in the shape of an equilateral curve heptagon. Early designs included 10 and 12-sided versions, and even a square one – but with rounded corners. The seven-sided version was found to be the best for distinguishing the coin from the rest of the UK coinage.

The 50p is made from 75% copper and 25% nickel; this mixture is called cupro-nickel. It is struck with a minimum of 100 tonnes of force and a single coin press can make up to 500 per minute, that’s 30,000 per hour or 720,000 per day.


50 New Pence - Elizabeth II 2nd portrait

KM# 913
Country United Kingdom
Years 1969-1981
Value 50 New Pence (0.5 GBP)
Metal Copper-nickel
Weight 13.5 g
Diameter 30 mm
Thickness 2.5 mm
Shape Equilaterally curved heptagon
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
Demonetized 02-28-1998

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