Three airmen scrambling towards their planes, by Gary Breeze.
Queen Elizabeth II portrait by either Ian Rank-Broadley or Jody Clark.
More about the Battle of Britain 50p
These special edition 50p coins were issued in 2015 to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. They quickly earnt recognition in the coin collecting world as there were three different versions of this coin released. The differences are on the Queen side (obverse) of the coin as below:
- Features the older Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and has no denomination stated on the coin.
- Features the newer portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark and also has no denomination stated on the coin.
- Features the new portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by by Jody Clark and has the “Fifty Pence” denomination stated on the coin.
Error Coin or Intentional?
Quickly dubbed an error coin by collectors, the versions struck without the denomination were only originally sold in presentation packs. In the early days after release these undenominated coins were selling for close to £100 each.
The Royal Mint confirmed that the 50p intended for circulation later on in 2015 would have the 50 PENCE denomination.
Not only does this Battle of Britain 50p fail to feature a denomination on the Uncirculated version, but each obverse is different – a first for a UK commemorative coin.
50 Pence Fifty Pence Battle of Britain 2015 - CIRCULATED
Issued 2015 Diameter 27.30mm Weight 8.00g Thickness 1.78mm Composition Cupro-nickel
(75% copper, 25%
Obverse Designer Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
2015 - Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Reverse Designer Gary Breeze Edge Plain Mintage To be confirmed