Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!

With just over a month to go until the official 50th anniversary of the 50p coin, celebrations have now hit Jersey and Guernsey as the British Crown Dependencies mark this monumental numismatic milestone.

As the world’s first seven-sided coin, the 50p caused quite a stir when it was first issued in 1969, however it has since become one of the most popular and highly collected coins in circulation, both across Britain and its Crown Dependencies.

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary, a unique pair of Jersey and Guernsey 50p coins have been specially re-issued this year.

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!
2019 re-issued Guernsey and Jersey 50p coins

This set includes re-issued versions of the 1969 Ducal Cap 50p from the Bailiwick of Guernsey and the 1969 Coat of Arms from the Bailiwick of Jersey. These were the first 50p coins issued in the British Crown Dependencies and the pair have now been re-struck with the 2019 year date in Brilliant Uncirculated quality for collectors.

Whilst Jersey and Guernsey coins aren’t legal tender in the UK, they have a history of becoming highly collectable due to their low mintage figures…

Guernsey 50p Mintage Figures

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!

Two definitive 50p coin designs have been issued in Guernsey since decimalisation – The Ducal Cap and Freesia Flowers.

The 1969 Ducal Cap 50p has been re-issued in the smaller specification for the 50th Anniversary of the 50p.

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!
2019 Guernsey Ducal Cap 50p, issued as part of the 50th Anniversary of the 50p Pair

Anthony Wagner’s design features the Ducal Cap of the Duke of Normandy on the reverse.

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!
Bailiwick of Guernsey Freesia Flowers 50p – just 5,000 in circulation!

Unlike UK coins, the obverse of the Guernsey Freesia Flowers 50p feature the Guernsey Coat of Arms, which includes three lions next to Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait. This makes the 50p particularly distinguishable.

Whilst Guernsey coins aren’t legal tender in the UK, they do turn up in our change from time to time. And if you’re lucky enough to come across one, make sure you check to see if you’ve been able to find Guernsey’s rarest definitive 50p – the 1987 Freesia Flowers.

A tiny 5,000 Freesia Flowers 50ps were released in 1987 – that means there’s only enough for roughly 8% of the population of Guernsey to own one of these coins each!

Jersey 50p Mintage Figures

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!

Two definitive 50p coin designs have also been issued in Jersey since decimalisation – the Shield and Grosnez Castle.

The 1969 Shield 50p has been re-issued in the smaller specification for the 50th Anniversary of the 50p.

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!
2019 Jersey Grosnez Castle 50p, issued as part of the 50th Anniversary of the 50p Pair

George Kruger Gray’s design features three lions on a shield on the reverse. The obverse features Arnold Machin’s portrait of Her Majesty the Queen.

Again, these coins aren’t legal tender in the UK, so if you do find one in your change it would have found its way to you by accident, perhaps due to a holiday maker spending it by mistake.

Whether you find yourself checking your change in Jersey or the UK, you’ll want to keep a watchful eye on any Grosnez Castle 50ps that you might be lucky enough to find, as one year in particular is very rare…

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!
Bailiwick of Jersey Grosnez Castle 50p

Just 10,000 Grosnez Castle 50ps were issued in 2003 – compare that to the 23,583,000 Britannia 50ps released in the UK in 2003 and you’ll appreciate just how rare this coin really is!

Have you been lucky enough to come across any Jersey or Guernsey 50ps, either in circulation in the UK or when you’ve been on holiday to the British Isles? And will you be securing the special 50th Anniversary pair to mark this milestone moment?


Own the BRAND NEW 50th Anniversary of the 50p Pair

Jersey and Guernsey celebrate 50 years of the 50p!

This unique pair of 50p coins includes Jersey and Guernsey’s first year of issue designs 50ps from 1969 – re-issued with the 2019 year date!

Click here to secure the pair for your collection.

5 Comments

  1. Les kent on August 27, 2019 at 8:42 pm

    I understand that you have only listed the definitive coins but some may not
    know about the other 50p coins and dates so I have made a list as follows
    JERSEY GUERNSEY
    1985 LIBERATION 1971 FREESIA PROOF
    1998 CASTLE 1979 FREESIA PROOF
    1992 CASTLE BU 2000 BATTLE OF BRITAIN
    2014 CASTLE 2003 JUBILEE SET OF4
    2016 CASTLE
    2003 JUBILEE SET OF 4
    I hope this helps
    Les.

  2. c ball on August 27, 2019 at 9:42 am

    You have omitted the Jersey 1985 50p coin, a third design (crossed flags)

    • Rachel Hooper on August 27, 2019 at 1:28 pm

      This was actually a commemorative design issued to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Liberation of Jersey. We have only included the definitive 50ps in these charts, so this one isn’t on the chart.

    • Roger Crossley on August 27, 2019 at 7:21 pm

      Is it me, but I’m confused. Is it the 1994 Grosnez Castle coin, as illustrated, or the 2003 coin as compared to the Britain ia coin you describe, which is very rare?

      • Rachel Hooper on August 28, 2019 at 8:27 am

        Hi Roger, sorry for the confusion. It is the 2003 Grosnez Castle which is the rarest, but unfortunately we don’t have an image for this coin so in order to show you the obverse and reverse of the Grosnez Castle design we have used the 1994 coin image in this blog.



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