As of the Royal Proclamation issued on 14th February, a very exciting United Kingdom £5 coin series has been confirmed for release in 2020.

Many will know him by him M16 codename ‘007’ but the name James Bond is famous worldwide.

007 on coins

The Royal Proclamation confirms there will be three coins in the series.

The reverse of the first coin in the series will show the Bond car from Goldfinger set against the 007 logo with the inscription ‘Bond, James Bond‘.

The second coin in the series will show the Bond car from The Spy Who Loved Me set against part of the 007 logo and the inscription ‘Pay attention 007′.

Finally, the last coin in the series will feature a depiction of James Bond’s torso in a dinner jacket and bow tie set against a part of the 007 logo with the inscription ‘Shaken not stirred’.

Not the first UK Bond coin…

This isn’t the first-time Bond has featured on a UK coin. The world-famous spy made his debut appearance on the A-Z of Great Britain 10ps taking the ‘B’ for ‘Bond’ spot.

The ‘Bond’ 10p is widely considered the most popular of the A-Z 10p coins and currently takes the top spot on the Change Checker A-Z 10p Scarcity Index so we’re certain this new release is going to be a hit with collectors!

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*** UPDATE ***

An extra 1.5 million Brexit 50ps have been released into circulation following the 3 million initially released when Britain left to EU.

The Treasury has confirmed the number of Brexit 50p coins will increase to 10 million by the end of the year to satisfy collector demand.


On the 31st January 2020 the United Kingdom left the European Union – over three and half years after the Vote.

This departure is possibly one of the most historically significant events to happen in modern history, so we know collectors will be extremely excited to hear a brand new United Kingdom coin has been issued to commemorate the occasion.

The 2020 UK Brexit 50p has been officially released today and is the only official United Kingdom coin to commemorate the occasion.

Although the design had been rumoured some time ago, the final design features the inscription ‘Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations‘ and the all-important date – 31st January 2020 – underneath.

However, this brand new 50p isn’t the only coin to have been issued to documents Britain’s relationship with the European Union.

In this blog, we take a look back at the coins which tell the story of the 43 year long partnership between the UK and the EU.

1973 European Economic Community 50p

In 1973, after over a decade of debate and discussion, Britain was finally successful in joining the EU – then known as the European Economic Community (EEC).

To mark such a ground-breaking partnership, The Royal Mint issued the FIRST-EVER commemorative 50p!

It’s hard to believe there was a time when commemorative 50p coins weren’t commonplace, but this 1973 coin was the very first of its kind!

The design features nine hands clasping each other in a circle, symbolising the nine member state of the community.

As the first-ever commemorative 50p, it’s unsurprising this release is considered hugely significant in British history, numismatic history, and is a staple of any UK coin collection.

The 1973 EEC 50p had a circulating mintage of 89,755,000.

1992/3 European Council Presidency 50p

In 1992/3 the UK celebrated its presidency of the European Council of Ministers, and the completion of the Single Market.

The intricate design of this 50p, by Mary Milner Dickens (who later designed the 2000 Libraries and the 2003 Suffragettes 50ps) shows a conference table seen from above, around which are the 12 chairs for the Council of Ministers.

However, what makes this 50p particularly special and sought-after by collectors is not the design, but the mintage.

This 1992/3 European Community Presidency 50p had a circulating mintage of JUST 109,000! It is the rarest UK 50p to EVER enter circulation.

When you consider the Kew Gardens is the rarest 50p currently in circulation and has a mintage of 210,000 you start to grasp how small the mintage for this 50p really is!

Any Change Checker who is lucky enough to have this coin in their collection must be incredibly pleased!

1998 UK Entry to the EEC 25th Anniversary 50p

In 1998 a new United Kingdom 50p was issued to commemorate 25 years since the UK joined the EEC.

Remarkably, this European-Union-inspired 50p coin is the subject of another numismatic first – the first ‘new sized’ commemorative 50p to be issued following the specification change in 1997.

The old larger coins were removed from circulation and it’s this new sized 50p that has featured some of our most iconic coin designs and has become the most collected coin in the world!

Designed by John Mills (designer of the much-loved 1994 D-Day 50p), the reverse of this coin shows 12 stars to represent the 12 ministers and had a circulating mintage of 5,043,000.

And there we have it! The UK’s relationship with the EU as told by coins!

It’s incredible to look back at some of the most ground-breaking 50p issues that are tied to this 47 year relationship.

Do you have any of these coins in your collection? Let us know in the comments below!


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Back in the 1960’s the 10 Shilling Note, or ‘ten bob’ as it was commonly known, would go pretty far – buying you 6 pints of beer, 10 loaves of bread, or 17 pints of milk.

Nowadays it’s hard to imagine the decimal equivalent, the 50p, buying so much. In fact, 50p can only just buy you one pint of milk today! And you can certainly forget that pint of beer!

But before the much loved 50p came along, the old 10 Shilling banknote had a fascinating history.

From being issued by the Government in a wartime emergency, changing colour to avoid forgery from the Nazis and eventually being replaced by the world’s most popular coin, it’s important that the history of the ten bob isn’t forgotten.

The Emergency Banknote

In August 1914, the British economy was in turmoil due to the instability caused by the oncoming war on the continent.

Bankers and politicians were desperately looking for ways to secure Britain’s finances and prevent the banks from collapsing.

The Government decided that a large supply of banknotes should be made available for the value of 10 Shillings, making it easy for the public to make small transactions.

However, The Bank of England was not able to prepare and print the required number of notes quickly enough, so the Government took the unprecedented step of deciding to issue the notes itself.

1914 10 Shilling Banknote

These banknotes became known as the Treasury banknotes and were unlike anything the British public had ever seen.

Until this point the lowest denomination banknote was £5, and in those days this was such a large sum that many people would never have seen or used a banknote before.

By issuing a 10 Shilling banknote, the Treasury created the first widely circulated banknotes in England.

The Wartime colour change

In 1928, the responsibility for printing 10 Shilling notes was transferred to the Bank of England.

However, not long afterwards, Britain once again found itself at war and again found its currency under threat.

During World War II, Nazi Germany hatched a plan to undermine British currency.

Through ‘Operation Bernhard’ they believed they had discovered a method to manufacture counterfeit ‘White Fivers’, and planned to distribute these in huge numbers to destabilise the British currency.

The Bank of England decided to take preventative action and, as a result, the 10 Shilling note was changed for the duration of the war to a distinctive pink and blue colour in an attempt to prevent counterfeiting.

Second World War 10 Shilling Banknote

It was also revolutionary in the progression of banknote technology by incorporating a metal security thread.

The Nazis couldn’t compete with this high level anti-forgery technology and hence the British 10 Shilling note held strong and supported the British wartime economy, as it had done since its conception.

The 50p revolution

After undergoing a colour change during the Second World War, the ten bob note reverted to its familiar red-brown until 1961, when a new design featuring a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was introduced.

Despite a new design for the 10 Shilling note featuring Sir Walter Raleigh on the reverse being approved in 1964, as part of the process of decimalisation it was dropped in favour of the new fifty pence coin introduced in 1969.

1969 ‘New Pence’ 50p coin

The principle reason for the change was to save the Treasury money.

The notes had an average lifetime of around five months, whereas a coin could last for fifty years.

The 50p has since gone on to become the world’s most popular and collected coin, but nowadays few realise the fascinating history of its predecessor, the 10 Shilling banknote!

Do you remember the ten bob note? Let us know in the comments below!


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