This coin features the composer’s name in a stave, as well as the words “Blow bugle blow” and “Set the wild echoes flying”. Designed by Tom Phillips CBE RA.
Queen Elizabeth II portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley.
More about the Benjamin Britten 50p
These special edition 50p coins were issued in 2013 to celebrate the 100th birth anniversary of one of the most loved British composers.
Benjamin Britten was an English composer, conductor and pianist who was born in 1913 in Suffolk. He studied at the Royal College of Music in London and compiled an impressive and diverse body of work during his life, ranging across many genres and moods. Since his death in 1976, Britten’s reputation as one of the greatest musicians of the age has continued to grow.
This was the first ever 50p to show both date and denomination on the obverse side.
50 Pence Fifty Pence Benjamin Britten 2013- CIRCULATED
Issued 2013 Diameter 27.30mm Weight 8.00g Thickness 1.78mm Composition Cupro-nickel
(75% copper, 25%
Obverse Designer Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
2013 - Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Reverse Designer Tom Phillips CBE RA Edge Plain Mintage 5,300,000