07 January 2023
The Royal Mint will issue a special 50p in 2023 dedicated to the 'Windrush Generation', the many Commonwealth citizens who came from the Caribbean to live in Britain between 1948 and 1971.
On 21 June 1948, a ship called HMT Empire Windrush docked at Tilbury, in Essex, having arrived from Jamaica.
The ship has become symbolic of its passengers and their subsequent generations who have played a pivotal role in shaping the United Kingdom since the Second World War.
The Windrush 50p has been revealed as part of the 2023 Annual Set, a collection of coin which features a range of designs that appear on £5, £2 and 50p coins marking some of the year’s most significant moments and anniversaries.
This Annual Set is now available from The Royal Mint, but individual examples of the Windrush 50p coin are not yet available and it is not known at this stage whether the coin will be put into circulation or just be made available as a collectable 'Brilliant Uncirculated' version.
The Windrush 50p coin commemorates 75 years since the ship’s arrival and features a design by the artist Valda Jackson, whose parents came to Britain from the Caribbean, which depicts two of the ship’s passengers set against a backdrop of the Union flag.
The coin's design shows