50p BREXIT coin from 2019 – Royal Mint
- October 30, 2018
To commemorate the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union, the British Royal Mint will create a new 50p Brexit coin. This new coin will be released in the spring of 2019. It was announced on Monday 29 October by the HM Treasury in a press release on the occasion of the presentation of the 2019 budget.
This coin, with a face value of 50 pence, will be decorated with the message “Peace, Prosperity and Friendship with all nations”, according to the design revealed by the Treasury’s Twitter account. The coin will also show this date: 29 March 2019, the day of departure from the country of the European Union.
The Royal Mint has a long-established tradition of producing coins in order to commemorate historic moments, including the 2012 Olympics, the UK’s accession to the European Economic Community, and the centenary of the First World War.
This announcement comes at a time when negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union are at a standstill. While both sides have agreed on most points, the main point of disagreement remains how to avoid the return of a hard border between the Republic of Ireland and the British Province of Northern Ireland.
The issue of a commemorative coin to mark the UK’s departure from the European Union was ostensibly the result of a campaign initiated by the tabloid newspaper, The Sun, which petitioned its readers to support the minting of the new 50-pence coin and had argued “for the Government to create an enduring gesture to mark Brexit as a landmark national moment.” According to The Sun, they have reported from Treasury sources that the department had been secretly working on plans for the Brexit coin for months before Conservative members of Parliament began to campaign for such a commemorative coin.
A piece barely announced and already scoffed at.
Critics of Brexit were quick to mock the Government’s plan to introduce a new 50p coin to mark the day Britain leaves the European Union. The Sun reported that the commemorative coin, released on March 29, had the blessing of the Queen, whose head will feature on one side. Social media users have been quick to come up with their own designs for the commemorative coin. There is a pictures of the piece featuring Dad’s Army’s Private Frazer and Lance Corporal Jones, along with their famous catchphrases “we’re doomed” and “don’t panic”.
Other tweeted a photoshopped image of the coin…
Due to the uncertain evolution of events surrounding the Brexit, the issuing day of commemorative 50p coin dedicated to Brexit may be delayed. As already said, the forecast issuing day was march 29th 2019. It was supposed to take place the day that the Brexit becomes effective.
But reasonnabely, this coin will not be available until after the UK leaves the EU.
According to Daly Telegraph of march 17th, the Treasury has now said that the coins will only be “available following our departure”.
Wait and see is the sole attitude to adopt in such a case…
The government now unveils a new 50-pence coin for the post-Brexit era
Sources : HM Treasury – NUMISMAG©