50p BREXIT coin from 2019 – Royal Mint
- October 30, 2018
To mark the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union, The Royal Mint has produced a new commemorative 50p coin collection. The coin design features the words “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” and the date of the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.
The commemorative coins will be available in Brilliant Uncirculated, Silver proof and Gold proof editions. The coin will also feature on ten million 50p coins which will enter general circulation from the 31st January.
It is the fourth time that a commemorative coin has been produced to mark the UK’s relationship with the European Union. The Royal Mint produced a coin when the UK joined the European Economic Community in 1973, created a design for the single market in 1992, and to mark the UK’s 25th anniversary of joining the EU in 1998.
Sajid JAVID promotes a Brexit 50p coin for circulation
This plan is quite different of his predecessor one’s, Philip Hammond. He had planned for 10,000 commemorative coins to be minted and that they would only be available to purchase at a cost of €10. So that these coins were provided only for collector’s market. The new one are struck for general circulation and stress the political decision to leave EU in general public.
The 50p coin will be available in Brilliant Uncirculated, Silver proof and Gold proof editions available to buy from 31st January, 2020
The Royal Mint Experience – offering an exclusive tour and opportunity to strike a commemorative coin
On Friday 31st January, The Royal Mint Experience will open for 24-hours – giving more visitors than ever before the opportunity to tour the site, and strike their own coin to mark the UK’s departure from the European Union. Tours for 31st January have now sold out; however, visitors will have the opportunity to strike this coin until 12th February. The Royal Mint Experience is based in South Wales, and tickets are available to book by calling 0333 241 2223 or visiting royalmint.com/experience.
A special ‘Strike on the Day’ Sovereign will also be available featuring a Portcullis mint mark
2020 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Brexit coin packaging
2020 UK 50p Silver Proof carton packaging Brexit coin
Withdrawal from the European Union 2020 United Kingdom 50p Gold Proof Coin
Withdrawal from the European Union 2020 United Kingdom 50p Gold Proof Coin in case left
Withdrawal from the European Union 2020 United Kingdom 50p Silver Proof Coin
2020 United Kingdom 50p Silver Proof Coin in Case RIGHT
|Withdrawal from the European Union 2020 UK 50p Coin|
|Withdrawal from the European Union 2020 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin||Withdrawal from the European Union 2020 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin||Withdrawal from the European Union 2020 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin|
|Composition||Cupro-Nickel||925 AG Sterling Silver||916.7 Au – Red|
|Reverse||The Royal Mint|
|Limited Edition Presentation||Unlimited||47,000||1,500|
|European Economic Community 1973 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin||Withdrawal from the European Union 2020 UK 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin|
|Obverse Designer||Arnold Machin||Jody Clark|
|Reverse Designer||David Wynne||The Royal Mint|
|Limited Edition Presentation||5,000|
This coin will be struck in cupronickel UNC condition for circulation and in silver and gold proof condition for collector’s market.
In fact, the destiny of the coin is uncertain because the political destiny of UK is itself uncertain!
Wait and see…
previous article : 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…
Update of 20/01/2020:
On 20/01/2020, about less than two weeks before official Brexit day, british newspapers annouced that around three million of the coins are set to be released on the day the UK leaves the European Union at the end of january 2020. Other versions, silver and glod coins, are planned for collectors.
Each 50p will be emblazoned with the inscription “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations”, as for the former versions of the coin.
The Prime Minister will be one of the first to get his hands on the new 50p, when he holds a special cabinet meeting on 31 January at a venue in the north of England.
Last and final Update of 26/01/2020:
Sajid JAVID presents the Brexit coin to the public with final key date: 31/01/2020.
Brexit coin first visual – UK government
Three million Brexit coins will be put into circulation in the United Kingdom from Friday, 31/01/2020, the day of Britain’s official exit of the EU.
A further seven million coins will be minted later in the year, giving a total of 10,000,000 circulation coins.
Collector issues in silver and gold will be struck, and ones are predicting that prices will soar around these issues. NUMISMAG will follow up on this and will keep you informed.
Anyway, Royal Mint declared “On 31 January 2020, the coin will be available as gold and silver Proof editions, as well as a Brilliant Uncirculated edition and as part of a two-coin historic set. In addition, a number of gold Sovereigns will be struck on the day and these particular coins will feature a portcullis privy mark”.
More than 13,000 people have already registered their interest in a commemorative version of the coin which is available to buy from the Royal Mint.
Mr. Javid has received the first batch of coins and will present one to Prime Minister Boris Johnson this week.
As part of the coin launch, the Mint will open the doors of its coin workshop in South Wales for 24 hours on 31 January (00:01 to 23:59) to allow people to mint their own Brexit commemorative coins.
“Leaving the European Union is a turning point in our history and this coin marks the beginning of this new chapter,” said Mr Javid. The European Parliament is expected to approve the withdrawal agreement on Wednesday, after the Prime Minister this week signed the treaty paving the way for the UK’s departure on 31 January.
Sources : HM Treasury – NUMISMAG©