1992-1993 50 Pence Coin – Single Market


The 1992-1993 50 Pence Coin - Single Market/Presidency of the EC Council

Cupro-Nickel Fifty Pence coin, dual dated 1992 and 1993, it was to celebrate the Presidency of the Council of European Community Ministers and the completion of the single market. This was the forerunner of the current EU.

The Reverse, by Mary Milner Dickens, shows 12 chairs around a table linked with lines and stars. The top chair has the letters 'UK' on it. Value '50 PENCE' shown below.

The mintage for this coin was quite low. The coin was also released as BU, Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort and Gold Proof.

The Obverse shows a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Arnold Machin.

SCBS: H5

Image credit: The Royal Mint


Mintage: 109,000 (may include coins in sets)
Minted at The Royal Mint.
Remember 1992 ?
Summer Olympics held in Barcelona, Spain.
Elizabeth II (1952-Present)
Queen Elizabeth II is the current and longest reigning monarch ever. Born on 21 April 1926 to King George VI and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, she became Queen in 1952 and her Coronation was on 2 June 1953.

Queen Elizabeth II has issued many coins and was monarch during decimalisation.
General Description: 50 Pence Coins

The British Fifty Pence (50p) coin was introduced in October 1969 as part of the decimalisation of the British currency. It replaced the 10 shilling note, both being equivalent to half of one pound (£0.50). It is colloquially called the '50 pee'. The coin has 7 sides (heptagonal) but has rounded corners on each apex so that the coin will roll and work in vending machines.

Originally, the coin has a diameter of 30mm and weighed 13.5g, but in 1997 this was replaced with a smaller version of diameter 27.3mm and weight of 8g. The thickness was kept at 1.78mm. The coin is made of Cupro-Nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel). The larger version was demonitised (i.e. ceased to be legal tender) in 1998.

All coins have an obverse featuring the portrait Queen Elizabeth II. There are three versions:

  • 1969-1984 - Designer: Arnold Machin
  • 1985-1997 - Designer: Raphael Maklouf
  • 1998-2015 - Designer: Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
  • 2015 to date - Designer: Jody Clark
The reverse has shown a large variety of important UK milestones or people, and in doing so has made the coin very popular with collectors. Besides the coins intended for circulation, the Royal Mint have issued silver (normal and Piedfort), platinum and gold proof versions of the 50 pence piece.

There are also 29 different variants which were minted in 2011 in celebration of the 2012 Summer Olympics.
Which Mint: The Royal Mint
The Royal Mint is the designated place for the UK to mint coins. It dates back well over 1000 years and is a Government-owned company. 

Formed in the reign of Alfred the Great about the year 886, during the period 1279-1812 it was generally referred to as The Tower Mint as it was housed at the Tower of London. The Master of The Royal Mint has included famous figures such as Sir Isaac Newton.

Since 2010 it has operated as Royal Mint Ltd, a company owned by HM Treasury, under an exclusive contract to supply all coinage for the UK although it also produces medals and coins for other countries. It is currently located at Llantrisant, Wales.

There is also an on-line shop at The Royal Mint Shop.
Country of Origin: United Kingdom
The United Kingdom (UK) is the Union of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. It is often refered to as Great Britain (GBR). It has a long, rich history.

The orignal coinage was Pounds, Shillings and Pence but since decimalisation on 15 February 1971, it is £1 = 100p, that is One Pound = 100 pence. The coinage of the UK is also a long history, the Royal Mint being established as long ago as 886AD when coins were hammered. Today there is perhaps 30 billion coins in circulation, and many (numismatic) collectors coins and sets are issued frequently in gold, silver and other metals.
If you don't see a coin in the list below try the 50 Pence Coins page on eBay UK

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WORLD COINS - FALKLAND ISLANDS 1992 50 PENCE .925 SILVER COIN - PROOF UNC. COND
WORLD COINS - FALKLAND ISLANDS 1992 50 PENCE .925 SILVER COIN - PROOF UNC. COND
USD $ 25.00
1992-1993 United Kingdom 50 Pence 925 Silver Coin Grades Proof (NUM7203)
1992-1993 United Kingdom 50 Pence 925 Silver Coin Grades Proof (NUM7203)
USD $ 100.00
Isle of Man 50 pence Holidays Christmas Manx Mercury SP65 PCGS AA CuNi coin 1992
Isle of Man 50 pence Holidays Christmas Manx Mercury SP65 PCGS AA CuNi coin 1992
USD $ 199.64
Islander 6 Coin Set 1 2 5 10 20 50 Pence | Grosnez Castle | Jersey | 1980 - 1992
Islander 6 Coin Set 1 2 5 10 20 50 Pence | Grosnez Castle | Jersey | 1980 - 1992
USD $ 20.69
1992 United Kingdom Ten Pence .925 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin w/COA & OGP-Nice!!
1992 United Kingdom Ten Pence .925 Silver Proof Piedfort Coin w/COA & OGP-Nice!!
USD $ 69.99
1992-93 + 1998 UK Sterling Silver Proof 50 Pence Two Coin Set
1992-93 + 1998 UK Sterling Silver Proof 50 Pence Two Coin Set
USD $ 139.99
Falkland Islands 50 Pence Coin 1992 UNC, 40th Anniversary of Reign (1952-1992)
Falkland Islands 50 Pence Coin 1992 UNC, 40th Anniversary of Reign (1952-1992)
USD $ 19.50
GIBRALTAR 50 PENCE 1992 CHRISTMAS COIN COVER SCARCE B39 #377
GIBRALTAR 50 PENCE 1992 CHRISTMAS COIN COVER SCARCE B39 #377
USD $ 38.49

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