A Big Old 50p Pickle

[ A Whole Heap of Trouble - image by Mik ]
[ A Whole Heap of Trouble - image by Mik ]

  As a collector of fifty pences, at some point or another, you will need to make a decision…..  Are you going to include those large old pre-1997 ones in your collection?  Because if you are, you will need to have a serious think about the overall cost.

  The problem is a lot of these chunky old blighters were never put into general circulation.  And ‘sets only’ coins (even definitives) often turn out to be rather jolly expensive….  As you may well be aware already.

  The unreleased years were -

1971, 1972, 1974, 1975, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997

  As you can see, there are quite a lot of different years to purchase.  It is well worth looking these up on eBay before you make a decision because some of these will cost you a minimum of £20 each.  Of course, if you do decide to collect them, then there is also the fabled EEC Presidency to purchase….. another almighty wallet-bruiser of a coin.

  Large fifty pences are a funny old business because the majority of these are definitives; only three commemoratives were ever released in this format (Hands, Presidency and D-Day).  Taking this into consideration, you should ask yourself if having a bunch of Britannia’s in your collection with a variety of dates is actually worth the expense.

  Research, research, research.  And give this all some very serious thought.


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  • Hahaha.
    Yes, that about sums it up Marie.

    Wise choice Susan :)

    Mik Smith
  • Old fifty pences…big old heavy things making you think you had more money than you did!

  • I only have three old 50 pences hands,1979 and an Australian 1983 . I think I’ll stick at that.


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