The Royal Mint has unveiled a new 50p coin, created to celebrate the BBC’s centenary, which will feature an image of the late Queen Elizabeth II.
Indeed, the coins were produced before the death of the queen in September, so they will not feature an effigy of King Charles on one side.
They have not been replaced by King Charles with the aim of “minimizing waste or unnecessary impact on the environment”, and therefore the Royal Mint suspects the coin will be “high in demand” among collectors.
As for the design of the coin itself, it will show a broadcast mast emerging from the ground and will be inscribed ‘inform, educate, entertain’ – the values set out by Lord Reith when he founded the organization in 1922.
BBC Director General Tim Davie said the broadcaster was “honoured” by the commemorative coin.
Rebecca Morgan, Director of Collector Services at the Royal Mint, said: “Coins are miniature works of art that tell the stories of our nation.
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“We are delighted to be working with Britain’s first national broadcaster to create a special 50p in recognition of their 100 years.
“A pervasive British institution in most people’s lives, the BBC has had a profound influence on our culture and broadcast some of the most extraordinary moments in British history.
“With the obverse of the coin featuring the likeness of the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, we anticipate strong demand for these coins from collectors.”
The 50p coin will be available for purchase on the Royal Mint website for £11.