19 August 2019
The Royal Mint issued a special 50p coin in 1973 to celebrate the UK's accession to the European Economic Community, find out more and how much the coins are now worth with our quick guide.
Britain’s relationship with Europe might not be so smooth these days. But back in 1973 joining the EEC was a reason to celebrate, and the first commemorative 50p was issued with a striking design which means it will be obvious if you happen to be lucky enough to find an example.
The design, by David Wynne, shows the inscription ‘50 PENCE’ and the year, surrounded by nine hands, symbolising the nine members of the Community, ‘clasping one another in a mutual gesture of trust, assistance and friendship’.
Ireland and Denmark also joined the EEC in 1973.
With no ‘Britannia’ 50p coin being issued in 1973, the 89 million copies of this version served the needs of the public and were widely circulated at the time. The coin is therefore not the scarcest 50p but since it is the first to venture away from the traditional design, it’s a lovely one to add to your collection.
Versions of the coin can be obtained for around £2.50 on sites such as eBay, whilst proof versions, often in a presentation box, can be purchased for around £7-£10.
- Mintage figure: 89,775,000
- Approximate value: £2.50