First-ever Royal 50p! What will the mystery 50p obverse look like?

Change Checkers, we’ve got a special royal announcement…

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has confirmed that her Platinum Jubilee in 2022 will be celebrated with the UK’s FIRST-EVER Royal 50p!


The design of the UK’s FIRST ROYAL 50p has JUST been revealed by The Royal Mint! With Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee being the first in the history of our British Royal Family, the number 70 takes centre stage on the reverse design of this 50p.

The Royal Cypher EIIR is also shown on the design of this UK first, above the dates 1952-2022, in a poignant tribute to our nation’s longest reigning monarch.

What an outstanding issue this is going to be! We’ve never before seen a 50p mark such a significant event and it’s certainly got us wondering what this amazing 50p will look like! As this will be the FIRST-EVER UK Royal 50p, we’re expecting increased collector interest…

The Royal Proclamation has also raised an additional level of interest, revealing intriguing details of TWO different obverse designs – one featuring the normal Queen’s head design by Jody Clark and a second portraying Her Majesty on horseback, in what appears to be a nod to her original 1953 Coronation Crown.

We’ve only seen this happen once before which was for the Decimal Day 50p issued in the 2021 Annual Coin Set! The 50p from the Annual Set featured the original Arnold Machin portrait which featured on UK coinage during the time of the decimal change-over, on the obverse instead of her modern one.

2021 UK Decimal Day 50p Coins. Left: Arnold Machin portrait in Annual Set. Right: Jody Clark portrait on individual issue coin.

According to the Proclamation, we’re set to see a number of UK firsts for this coin and we just can’t wait to find out more. It’s only right that the coin issued to mark the first monarch in British history to reach this milestone, should feature a design full of firsts too!

Previous Jubilee coins have proven so popular with collectors but historically these issues have been Crowns and £5 coins. So, I’m certain that the fact the Platinum Jubilee will be the first royal celebration on a UK 50p, it will make this the most popular 50p to date, especially if we can find it in our change!

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  1. Les Ken on November 28, 2021 at 11:52 am

    What a lovely coin and what a GREAT idea minting a pair to mark the year and the occasion (brilliant).
    I have every British 50p since 1969 a total of 186 and was about to stop collecting this Christmas marking the 50th year of the 50p coin BUT it now looks like I am going to have to add this/these coins to my collection.

  2. Vera Kovacevic on November 28, 2021 at 10:32 am

    I would like to having but I do not know the price. If is £1000 forget

    • Alexandra Siddons on November 30, 2021 at 10:42 am

      Hi Vera,

      Whilst all the exact details of this coin are yet to be confirmed, you can expect a Brilliant Uncirculated quality coin from Change Checker to be priced at £4.50 (+p&p).


  3. Phillip Finney on November 28, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Looks great coin

  4. Gary anderson on November 9, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Cannot wait for this.

  5. Foxy on November 8, 2021 at 8:11 pm

    what does it mean by the first royal 50p, they all have her head on the back. im new to coin selling

    • Alexandra Siddons on November 10, 2021 at 4:03 pm

      Hi there,

      You’re correct that every UK coin has Her Majesty’s portrait on the obverse (the front of the coin). But this will be the first time we see a royal anniversary celebrated on the reverse (back) design of a UK 50p! Welcome to the coin collecting community 🙂


      • Me on November 28, 2021 at 11:19 am

        The back of the coin is the reverse. The Obverse is the front. (The side of a coin or medal bearing the head)

      • Alexandra Siddons on November 30, 2021 at 10:41 am

        Good spot, thank you!

  6. Imed ben lakhder on November 8, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    Long life to the Queen I’m very happy to celebrate with all the British community and I hope to win the 50p

  7. Trevor Richard Collins on November 8, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Hopefully this coin will find its way into circulation. I’ve yet to find a 2020 Royal Arms 50p, though there are allegedly over 46 million in circulation.

    • admin on November 8, 2021 at 4:40 pm

      It’s hoped this coin will enter circulation and we’re certainly keeping our fingers crossed! Keep searching – we’ve heard reports of people finding the 2020 Royal Shields in their change, so hopefully it’ll be your turn soon 🙂

    • Clive Morris on November 28, 2021 at 11:23 am

      It seems that most coins fail to enter circulation these days, even a lot of the standard annual coins in the basic Royal Shield design fail to be circulated. Coin minting appears to have just become a money making exercise for the Royal Mint, minting an increasing number of coins each year. I don’t understand why the annual sets continue to have three of four commemorative coins in them as there are now so many additional coins released (27 coins this year not in the annual set).