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Royal Mint marks broadcasters anniversary on 50p coins

The Royal Mint has issued 2022 50-penny coins celebrating the centennial of the BBC. The copper-nickel version is shown here.

Images courtesy of the Royal Mint.

The British Broadcasting Corporation, known worldwide by its acronym, celebrates a centennial on Oct. 18.

The Royal Mint’s issue of a 2022 50-penny coin in several versions, developed in partnership with the BBC, mark the milestone.

For a century, the British Broadcasting Corporation has informed, educated and entertained viewers and listeners in the United Kingdom and around the world.

Founded Oct. 18, 1922, the BBC “has continuously fostered a culture of innovation, creativity and impartiality that gives it an unrivalled and distinctive reputation,” according to the Royal Mint.

Designs, versions

The coins feature a reverse by designer Henry Gray.

Multiple lines ring a globe, signifying a broadcast signal, with a legend reading 1922-2022 / 100 YEARS OF OUR BBC / INFORM EDUCATE ENTERTAIN.

The Jody Clark effigy of Queen Elizabeth II graces the obverse of the coins.

Four versions of the coin design are available.

The Brilliant Uncirculated copper-nickel coin and Proof .925 fine silver version each weigh 8 grams and measure 27.3 millimeters in diameter.

The BU coin, with an unlimited mintage, is priced at £11. The Proof silver version has a mintage limit of 3,510 examples, 10 of which are designated for sale in a different product.

The single coin retails for £59.50.

A piedfort (double thick) silver version weights twice as much and has a mintage of 1,110 pieces; 10 of them, too, are designated for sale in a different product. The single piedfort coin retails for £110.

A Proof .9167 fine gold edition weighs 15.5 grams, measures 27.3 millimeters in diameter, and has a mintage of 360 pieces with 250 available individually for £1,195 each.

To order, visit the Royal Mint website,

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