UK 50p commemorates the 80th Anniversary of D-Day

2024 marks 80 years since the day that turned the tide of the Second World War, and in commemoration, a UK 50p has been released to honour the D-Day landings.

2024 UK D-Day 50p
2024 UK D-Day 50p

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A momentous day

On 6th June 1944, 156,000 Allied troops arrived in Normandy by land, sea and air to launch their assault on Nazi-occupied France. Codenamed Operation Neptune but commonly referred to as D-Day, it was the largest seaborne invasion in history.

Normandy Landings
Image Credit: SHAEF [Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Forces] Public Relations Division., Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

With this year marking the 80th anniversary of D-Day, these events will soon move beyond living memory, so it’s now more important than ever to commemorate this incredibly poignant day in history.

“We shall fight on the beaches”

The design of the 2024 D-Day 50p, created by renowned sculptor David Lawrence in collaboration with Imperial War Museums, depicts brave Allied troops risking their lives on that fateful day. In the foreground, soldiers disembark a landing craft onto the beaches whilst planes fly overhead approaching by air.

Reverse of 2024 UK D-Day 50p
Reverse of 2024 UK D-Day 50p

The landings took place at five assault beaches along a 50 mile stretch of the Normandy coast, they were given the codenames Utah, Omaha, Gold, Juno and Sword – all of which are inscribed along the bottom of the design.

The codenames of the 5 assault beaches feature along the bottom of the design

Recreated in sand

To celebrate the unveiling of the 2024 UK D-Day 50p, the coin’s design was recreated in the sand on Gold beach in Normandy. The sand art measured 35 metres across and took more than 5 hours to create!

The sand sculpture was created on ‘Gold’ beach
Image credit: The Royal Mint

French sand artist Jehan-Benjamin Tarain worked with fellow artist Sam Dougados to create the piece. Tarain said that is was ‘extremely special’ to be part of a project that “plays an important reminder of the united allied effort between French and British forces 80 years ago”.

Previous UK D-Day coins

This isn’t the first time that D-Day has been commemorated on a UK coin…

Most recently, the 2019 D-Day £2 coin was issued to mark 75 years since the landings. It featured a design by renowned Royal Mint engraver, Stephen Taylor, showing 5 arrows, each pointing across the English Channel to one of the Normandy beaches. Although this coin didn’t enter circulation, it was extremely popular with collectors.

2019 D-Day £2

A £2 coin that did enter circulation is the 2005 60th Anniversary of the end of World War Two £2, which was issued to mark 60 years since Winston Churchill announced VE Day – marking the end of World War Two. The reverse design features a depiction of St Paul’s Cathedral which survived the Blitz to become a great symbol of hope to a war-torn nation. The edge inscription reads – IN VICTORY: MAGNANIMITY, IN PEACE: GOODWILL – part of the famous maxim that prefaces Churchill’s history of the Second World War.

2005 60th Anniversary of the end of Word War Two £2
2005 60th Anniversary of the end of Word War Two £2

The 1994 D-Day 50p was issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the Normandy Landings. This coin was originally issued in the larger 50p specification, meaning you’re no longer able to find it in your change. It was later re-issued in 2019 in the smaller 50p specification, however this version didn’t enter circulation.

1994 D-Day 50p larger specification and 2019 re-issue
1994 D-Day 50p larger specification and 2019 re-issue

Interestingly, the 1994 D-Day 50p was voted the all time favourite 50p coin by Change Checkers, so I’m sure the 2024 D-Day 50p will prove just as popular with collectors.

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As this will likely be the last milestone anniversary of D-Day to be observed by those who served, it’s hugely important to commemorate this moment in history.

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4 Comments

  1. robert joseph stilwell on May 22, 2024 at 10:56 am

    hello i thought these 50p corns were in circulation as iv got 4 d-day prints and singed by the vets and would like to put them in my prints thank you bob xx

    • Kate on May 23, 2024 at 9:36 am

      Hi Bob, the larger size 1994 D-Day 50p was in circulation until they were withdrawn and replaced with the smaller specification 50ps. The 2019 re-issue in the smaller size was only issued for collectors in brilliant uncirculated quality, however a small number could have made their way into circulation if someone had broken them out of their packaging.
      I hope that helps, Kate

  2. Lewis G on May 20, 2024 at 9:42 am

    Will this enter circulation?

    • Kate on May 20, 2024 at 11:22 am

      Hi Lewis, it hasn’t been confirmed yet whether this coin will enter circulation. But we’ll keep you informed if we have any updates.
      Kate

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