'Diversity Built Britain' 50p released

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19 October 2020
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The Royal Mint has issued a new 50p coin to celebrate diversity, and mark the contribution of ethnic minorities in Britain. Ten million of the new 50ps will go into circulation.

The Royal Mint has unveiled a 50p celebrating the diversity which built Britain. The coin marks a new era for British coinage, with more designs celebrating diversity and inclusivity set to follow.
 
The ‘Diversity Built Britain’ coin has been designed by The Royal Mint’s Dominique Evans, who has also designed the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Queen’s Sapphire coronation and Jane Austen £2.


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Dominique Evans, Designer at The Royal Mint, said:

“When designing this coin, I began by thinking about the people who inspire me and what diversity has meant in my life. I believe that no matter where you are born, we all belong under the same sky and this was the starting point of the design.
 
“The background of the coin features a geodome with a series of interconnecting lines and triangles that form a network. Each part is equal, and symbolises a community of connection and strength. The words ‘DIVERSITY BUILT BRITAIN’ talks about the differences between us, and the connection which gives us unity. The design also looks to the future, how we can connect, develop bonds and grow stronger together.”

To support the release of the coin, The Royal Mint is working in partnership with the West India Committee to offer a school programme exploring the diversity that built Britain, and marking Black History Month. The educational pack will be issued to every primary school in England and Wales, and explores stories of significant black figures in British history as well as including a ‘Diversity Built Britain’ 50p.
 
A second education pack will encourage children to explore their own thoughts and feelings about diversity and to express themselves creatively, with links back to the coinage of Britain. Both education packs are available to download for free from: royalmint.com/diversity

Anne Jessopp, CEO of The Royal Mint, said:

“Britain’s history is rich and diverse. For more than 1,100 years, the nation’s story has been told through coins struck by The Royal Mint, a narrative carried in the pockets and purses of all its people. The contribution of ethnic minority communities has been such an important part of that story but has often gone unrecognised. This coin has been created to celebrate all the people who have made Britain what it is today. This is a very exciting development for us and the launch of this important coin coincides with Black History Month, signalling a change in UK coinage, one that I am personally delighted to pioneer.”
 
Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, said:
“I have seen first-hand the contribution made by ethnic minority communities to Britain’s history.   That is why I backed the “We Too Built Britain” campaign and requested that the Royal Mint introduced this coin to celebrate it.
 
“This coin, and the rest of the series, will act as a fitting tribute to the very profound impact ethnic minority communities have made on Britain, and I am grateful to the Royal Mint for turning this around at record speed.”
 
As part of the wider ‘Diversity built Britain’ campaign, the Royal Mint has also launched an Inspiration Wall on their website encouraging people to submit their own stories of who inspires them. It also looks at recent coins issued such as the 2007 £2 coin in commemoration of the abolition of slavery, and a 2014 £5-coin commemorating Britain’s First Black Officer Walter Tull.
 

Diversity Built Britain coin details

Coin title

Signaling a change in the UK Coinage 2020:UK 50p Gold Proof Coin

Signaling a change in the UK Coinage 2020: UK 50p Piedfort Gold Proof Coin

Denomination

50p

50p

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

Alloy

999.9 Au – Red

999.9 Au - Red

Weight

15.50g

31.00g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Dominique Evans

 

 

Quality

Proof

Proof

Limited Edition Presentation

950

200

RRP

£1,125.00

£2,225.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coin title

Signaling a change in the UK Coinage 2020: UK 50p Silver Proof Coin

Signaling a change in the UK Coinage 2020: UK 50p Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

Denomination

50p

 

Issuing Authority

UK

UK

Alloy

925 Ag Sterling Silver

925 Ag Sterling Silver

Weight

8.00g

16.00g

Diameter

27.30mm

27.30mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Dominique Evans

Quality

Proof

Limited Edition Presentation

25,000

2,500

RRP

£57.50

£100.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coin title

Signaling a change in the UK Coinage 2020: UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Denomination

50p

Issuing Authority

UK

Alloy

Cupro Nickel

Weight

8.00g

Diameter

27.30mm

Obverse Designer

Jody Clark

Reverse Designer

Dominique Evans

Quality

Brilliant Uncirculated

Limited Edition Presentation

Unlimited

RRP

£10.00