The journey of a 50p coin – from striking to your pocket

Have you ever considered how a 50p coin makes its way from The Royal Mint into your change?

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the 50p, it seems only fitting to take a look at the journey of the 50p coin – from striking to your pocket – and the many processes along the way, even before the coin leaves the factory.

Discover the 5 key steps in the journey below:

I’m sure you’ll agree that it’s fascinating to think, each time you find a 50p coin in your change, that coin has been through all of these steps its journey to your pocket.

Which 50p coins do you have in your collection and have you been able to complete the Definitive 50p Collecting Challenge? Let us know in the comments below.

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  1. Jagjit Kaur Sagoo on October 16, 2019 at 11:31 am

    I have completed my 50p collection with an exception of 2018. I did not get the folder as I have 3 folders already, can I get the inside sheets with the tags on their own??
    Thanks Sally

  2. Adrian on October 15, 2019 at 8:35 am

    I seen it yesterday on the official website. I have 3 full beatrix potter’s collections 2016 2017 2018 including Peter Rabbit 2019 and a full collection of A-Z 2018. Now I waiting to prices go up very much hahaha

  3. Tony on October 15, 2019 at 12:37 am

    Hi Adrian, yes now on the 14th Oct the MINTAGE figures for the 50p coins have been confirmed by the royal mint.
    2018 peter rabbit 1.4 million
    2018 tailor of Gloucester 3.9 million
    2018 flopsy bunny 1.4 million
    2018 Mrs Tittlemouse 1.7 million
    So we now have three beatrix potter 50ps rarer then Jemima Puddle-Duck

    Also just 220,000 each of the 2018 Az 10p coins minted for circulation.

  4. Foggiedoggie on October 11, 2019 at 12:18 pm

    I have had a complete collection of 50p coins since early May when I found the 2019 Shield in my change, minus of cause the NIFC coins with but one exception. This exception has been a glaring omission since 2008 and is the low mintage 2008 Britannia. Where oh where are these coins certainly not in my neck of the woods. Its looking very unlikely that I will complete this challenge even though I have been trying since way before you launched it!!!

  5. Adrian on October 11, 2019 at 12:08 pm

    Rachel do you have any idea when the mintage figures will be revealed? They are some miths it will be on 14 October, that’s mean Monday. Do you have any clue?

    Thanks, Adrian.

    • Rachel Hooper on October 11, 2019 at 1:36 pm

      Unfortunately we don’t know when the figures will be revealed. We will update you as soon as it’s confirmed though.

  6. Les kent on October 11, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Apart from the two complete sets in my
    collections including the 2016 and the 2018
    I have also found another four sets 2016 &
    18 NOT included as they have not been circulated.
    I will now buy one completer medal.

  7. Mr Frederick Gallick on October 11, 2019 at 9:30 am

    As the 2018 50p doesn’t appear to have been circulated I finally found a 2019 50p last weekend thus completing my hunt.

    • Rachel Hooper on October 11, 2019 at 11:09 am

      Congratulations! That’s fantastic! We won’t know for certain about the 2018 coin until the mintage figures are revealed, but it looks as though it might not be in circulation.