Shield of the Royal Arms



Issued 2008-2017
Diameter 27.30mm
Weight 8g
Composition 75% copper, 25% nickel (referred to as cupro-nickel)
Obverse Ian Rank-Broadley 2008-2015, Jody Clark 2015-
Reverse Matthew Dent
Edge Plain
Inscription "FIFTY PENCE".
Mintage 22,747,000 for individual years click here

Design details:

In 2008 Matthew Dent won the public competition to find designs to replace those created for the first decimal coins of 1971. A different detail from the shield of the Royal Arms is shown on the reverse of the 1p, 2p, 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p coins and when placed together the coins reveal the complete shield, which is seen in its entirety on the 1 coin. It is the only time that a single design has been used across a range of United Kingdom coins in such a way. From 2015 the obverse features the design by Jody Clark.

text source and credit Royal Mint 2017