Founder of modern computer science, English mathematician and philosopher, Alan Turing is famed for his leading role in breaking Nazi ciphers during the Second World War with his creation of the Enigma Machine.
His contributions to the war effort, along with his concepts in theoretical computer science and artificial intelligence make him one of the most influential British figures of the 20th century.
In 2022, to celebrate his life and achievements, The Royal Mint have issued a brand new 50p coin, designed by Matt Dent and Christian Davies.
Tucked behind a representation of machine cogs, in a touching nod to Turing’s code-breaking, Bombe, enigma-inspired code features as an inscription.
But, this coin’s design also features several secret features, which are SURE to grab the attention of the most serious coin collectors. Can you decipher them?
GEARS GRIN THAN
Can you spot the words ‘GEARS GRIN THAN’ on the design of this coin?
When these words are entered into the ‘What 3 Words‘ navigation database, it shows a location for the University of Cambridge, where Turing studied mathematics!
ONLY A FORETASTE OF WHAT’S TO COME
The next hidden message is one of my favourite features of any UK coin.
Alan Turing’s famous quote ‘Only a foretaste of what is to come’ appears as an inscription.
This quote came from his reflections of his code-breaking machine, Bombe.
CD AND MD
And of course, the designers behind this fantastic design get an honorary feature, with Christian Davies and Matt Dent’s initials featuring as an inscription.
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Wartime hero, Alan Turing
Alan Turing is so famed for his efforts during the Second World War, that his life and achievements have been written into story books, and even portrayed on the big screen!
Both Turing and Stephen Hawking are famed for their technological advancements, having both been celebrated on TV and film. But now, they’ve now both been commemorated on a UK 50p!
The 2019 Stephen Hawking 50p saw huge worldwide interest and SELL OUTS at The Royal Mint within just hours of release!
Due to the popularity and fame of this British scientist, it was no surprise that the Stephen Hawking 50p was picked up in news articles across the globe, with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II even commenting that it was one of her favourite coin designs!
The best news, you can get your hands on the 2019 Stephen Hawking 50p in the Innovation in Science 50p Set. But, Change Checker has JUST 500 full sets available to own in Brilliant Uncirculated quality.
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We fully expect demand for the new Alan Turing 50p to cause the same sort of rush as the Stephen Hawking 50p. If you don’t want to miss out on the 2022 UK Alan Turing 50p, like many did for the Stephen Hawking 50p, then be sure to secure yours here >>
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We’ve been keeping our eyes on the latest Royal Proclamations and there’s some very exciting coins on the horizon for 2022!
I’m sure you’re just as pleased as I am to hear which themes we can expect for these coins, so read on to find out more…
Harry Potter 50p Collection
Wands at the ready, Change Checkers! It’s been confirmed in the latest Royal Proclamation, that the UK’s FIRST Harry Potter 50p is set to be issued later this year.
And, the best news is that this will kick-start a magical collection of 50p coins, all celebrating 25 years since the publication of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.
Whilst exact designs are still locked in the ‘Chamber of Secrets‘, the latest proclamation has revealed that we can expect the following to feature in the collection:
- A depiction of Harry Potter with the inscription, ‘Harry Potter 25 Years of Magic’
- A depiction of the Hogwarts Express and the figure of Harry Potter with the inscription, ‘Hogwarts Express 25 Years of Magic’
- A depiction of Albus Dumbledore and the inscription, ‘Albus Dumbledore 25 Years of Magic’
- A depiction of Hogwarts School and the inscription, ‘Hogwarts 25 Years of Magic’
Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was first published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books in 1997, and has since gone on to be one of the world’s most popular books of all time.
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100th Anniversary of the BBC 50p
The British Broadcasting Company (BBC) was formed on 18 October 1922 by a group of leading wireless manufacturers including Guglielmo Marconi.
Since establishment, the BBC has been shaped by some of the UK’s biggest innovators, from Marconi, to John Logie Baird. Baird used BBC frequencies to broadcast some of his first experimental television broadcasts from studios near Covent Garden in London.
The BBC is highly regarded for its award-winning creative output, trusted and impartial news services and innovative use of technology.
To commemorate the centenary of the BBC, The Royal Mint have confirmed that they will be issuing a brand new 50p in 2022, which has definitely got Change Checker excited!
As of the Royal Proclamation, on 16th December 2021, the design is said to feature a globe with transmitter waves accompanied by the inscription “1922-2022 100 YEARS OF OUR BBC INFORM EDUCATE ENTERTAIN”.
2022 Winnie the Pooh 50ps
In 2020, The Royal Mint confirmed a brand new 9-coin series of 50ps celebrating 95 years of fun-filled adventure, each featuring a different inhabitant of Hundred Acre Wood.
The Winnie the Pooh 50p series continues in 2022, with the final three coins in the series being confirmed in the latest Royal Proclamation.
We can expect the final coins to depict designs of the following characters from A. A. Milne’s classic tale:
- Winnie the Pooh and Friends
- Kanga and Roo
These are some of the most famous characters from the story and we’re sure collectors will be racing to get their hands on these coins as soon as they’re issued!
The £2 Turns 25
It’s incredible to think that the bi-metallic £2 coin turns 25 in 2022! To celebrate a number of incredible issues are set to be released, including some of our favourites, all unified by the inscription, “CELEBRATING 25 YEARS OF THE £2”.
The coins include:
- Brunel £2
- Florence Nightingale £2
- Robert Burns £2
- Charles Darwin £2
- DNA £2
- Wireless Transmission £2
- 60th Anniversary of the end of World War Two £2
- Charles Dickens £2
- First World War (Navy) £2
- First World War (Kitchener) £2
- First World War aircraft £2
- Jane Austen £2
- Frankenstein £2
- D-Day 75th Anniversary £2
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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!
* UPDATE *
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.
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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