The 2022 100th Anniversary of the BBC 50p coin - All you need to know

The 100th Anniversary of BBC 50p: All You Need To Know

The BBC 50p coin, issued in 2022, commemorates a century of the British Broadcasting Company (BBC). Let’s delve into the details of this remarkable coin:


The BBC 50p was minted to celebrate 100 years since the formation of the British Broadcasting Company in 1922.

Although the first live public broadcast in Britain occurred in 1920, the BBC officially came into existence in 1922 due to licensing issues that were resolved under the leadership of General Manager John Reith.

The BBC, initially a company, became a corporation in 1927 and has since grown to become the largest broadcasting company by the number of employees.

Unique Features

The BBC 50p is distinctive for several reasons:

First Appearance: The British Broadcasting Corporation has never been featured on any other coin, including both 50p and £2 coins, before.

John Logie Baird Connection: The only similar coin issued is the John Logie Baird 50p in 2021. Baird created the first live working television system in 1926, which the BBC used to transmit its first television programs in 1929.

Did It Enter Circulation?

While a new 50p coin bearing the new portrait of King Charles III will enter circulation this year, it is unlikely that the BBC 50p will follow suit.

The BBC 50p coins were produced before the Queen’s passing in September, and the decision was made to issue them as originally minted to minimize environmental impact.

Design Details

Obverse: The main point of interest is the obverse, which features the fifth portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, rather than King Charles III. This decision was due to the coins being produced before the Queen’s passing.

Reverse: Designed by Henry Gray, the reverse depicts concentric circles emanating from a broadcasting pole around a tilted globe. The inscriptions read: “1922-2022” and “100 YEARS OF OUR BBC”.


The BBC 50p coins are currently sold out on the Royal Mint’s website, including the brilliant uncirculated, silver proof, silver proof piedfort, and gold proof versions.

How much is it worth?

Current market trends indicate that this coin is worth around £7.

In summary, the BBC 50p coin encapsulates a century of broadcasting history, and its unique design and limited availability make it a sought-after collectible for numismatists and BBC enthusiasts alike

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