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2021 Ironside 50th Anniversary of Decimalisation George & Dragon 50p Silver Coin

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Unique silver coin marking a key numismatic milestone for 2021

The new year sees a key numismatic landmark anniversary for the nation – as it is 50 years since Decimalisation!

On the 15th February 1971 the old money of Pounds, Shillings and Pence was replaced after centuries of use, by the decimal currency that we know to this day. Now as we celebrate 50 years of decimalisation, a remarkable commemorative silver 50p coin has been issued that is inspired by the very designer of those very first decimal coins from 1971.

Christopher Ironside

During the sixties, Christopher Ironside spent the best part of the decade on what would become the biggest commission of his life, creating designs for the UK’s first ever decimal coins which would officially replace the centuries-old system of ‘LSD’ on the 15th February 1971.

Only a handful of the designs ever made it onto the final coins. The rest have been carefully preserved in the decades since. Among them was the legend of Saint George and the Dragon – a design so synonymous with UK coinage – that has now been skilfully brought to life by leading sculptor and engraver, Jody Clark for this year’s landmark commemoration and appearing on an official 50 pence for the first time ever.

Low mintage for unique release

The expectation is that due to the significance of the anniversary, many commemorative issues will be released to mark the 50th Anniversary of Decimalisation – however no other piece will have such a direct link to 1971 and the work of Ironside as this new 50p coin.

Officially approved by Buckingham Palace, the magnificent NEW ‘50th Anniversary of Decimalisation Fine Silver Proof 50 Pence Coin’ has been meticulously struck in 999/1000 Fine Silver to the highest Proof quality finish. I can also confirm that it has a strict 2,999 edition limit, which you’ll appreciate is a particularly low worldwide mintage and is barely expected to cover demand among coin collectors or those looking to mark this milestone.

Unprecedented design

This is even more the case when you consider the coin sees the appearance of St George & the Dragon on a 50p coin for the first time. A design that is synonymous with the very best coin issues, Ironside’s sketch from the 1960s has inspired a magnificent reworking by Jody Clark – arguably the most renowned coin designer of this generation who is responsible for the current portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the coinage of the UK.

With just 2,999 individual St George & the Dragon silver 50p coins issued for the 50th Anniversary of Decimalisation – housed in a Deluxe Presentation Case with Certificate – our expectation is that they will not last long. As a result, this could be your only opportunity to own the new 2021 Decimalisation Silver 50p Coin.

Your magnificent opportunity

To secure the BRAND NEW 2021 50th Anniversary of Decimalisation 50p Silver Proof Coin, please respond today.

Key Issue Information:

  • Introducing the brand new 2021 50p coin issued to mark the 50th Anniversary of Decimalisation
  • Struck in 999/1000 Fine Silver to an immaculate proof finish – the coin is limited to just 2,999 pieces worldwide
  • The coin is the first 50p to be issued that features a rendition of the iconic St George & the Dragon
  • Most impressively, the coin has been designed by renowned engraver Jody Clark, who has taken inspiration from an original sketch from the 1960s by decimal coin designer Christopher Ironside with consultation with his family
  • Housed within a Deluxe Presentation Case with official Certificate of Authenticity

Metal: 999/1000 Fine Silver

Year of issue: 2021

Edition Limit: 2,999

Diameter: 28.50mm

Weight: 15.56g

Finish: Proof

Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II

Reverse: St George & the Dragon

Country of issue: Tristan da Cunha


Delivery via Royal Mail

Estimated Delivery Time: 7-10 Working Days

Delivery available throughout the United Kingdom


Availability: In stock