Celebrating 50 Years of Pride UK

The 50th Anniversary of London Pride will be celebrated on 1st July 2022 and to mark the event, the Royal Mint has issued a brand new 50p. Better still, it has been confirmed that 5 million of the cupro-nickel coins will be issued into general circulation so eagle eyed collectors may find them in your change.

The first UK Pride event took place 50 years ago in London on 1st July 1972 and was attended by over 2,000 people. The protest march was in solidarity with all those involved in the Stonewall Riots in New York. 

This is the first time Britain's LGBTQ+ community has been celebrated on an official UK coin and as part of the coin's launch, the Royal Mint has confirmed it will make a donation to Pride in London.

Pride UK is the largest event in the LGBTQ+ calendar and is synonymous with visibility, unity and equality. The annual parades are very colourful in nature and to compliment this, the reverse of the coin, which has been designed by artist, designer and LGBTQ+ activist Dominique Holmes, features 5 rainbows, each accompanied with part of the inscription, “PRIDE PROTEST VISIBILITY UNITY EQUALITY”. The obverse design features the latest portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Jody Clark.

The Royal Mint have issued the coin in several qualities; gold proof, silver proof, coloured brilliant uncirculated, brilliant uncirculated and circulated quality.

You can own yours now in either superior Brilliant Uncirculated quality or Circulated quality by adding them to your basket.

Specifications and mintages: 

GOLD


Denomination 50p
Quality Proof
Pure Metal Type Gold
Alloy 916.67 Gold
Weight 15.50g
Diameter 27.30mm
Reverse Designer Dominique Holmes
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Mintage 260

 

SILVER PIEDFORT


Denomination 50p
Quality Proof
Pure Metal Type Silver
Alloy 0.925 Silver
Weight 16.00g
Diameter 27.30mm
Reverse Designer Dominique Holmes
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Mintage 1,510

 

SILVER


Denomination 50p
Quality Proof
Pure Metal Type Silver
Alloy 0.925 Silver
Weight 8.00g
Diameter 27.30mm
Reverse Designer Dominique Holmes
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Mintage 4,955

 

BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED 


Denomination 50p
Quality Brilliant Uncirculated
Pure Metal Type Copper / Nickel
Alloy Cupro-nickel
Weight 8.00g
Diameter 27.30mm
Reverse Designer Dominique Holmes
Obverse Designer Jody Clark
Mintage Unlimited

 

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