Introducing the EU 50p Coin
In 1973, the UK joined the European Economic Community and the Royal Mint released a commemorative 50p for that occasion. Twenty-five years later, to celebrate the growth and growing history with the European Union (EEC was incorporated into the EU in 1993), the Royal Mint released another commemorative 50p coin. It also honours the UK’s then six-month into acting as the President of the EU. Created in 1993 with the Maastricht Treaty, the six founding members of the Union established the three pillars of the EU and created the euro. The UK joined through the signing of the Treaty of Accession in 1972, along with three other countries, officially starting their membership on 1 January 1973.
EU 1998 50p Coin
Also known as the ‘UK entry to the EEC’ coin, the 50p’s design features a series of twelve stars erupting into the air in celebration. Designed by John Mills, the anniversary years, 1973 and 1998 are placed on either side of the explosion along the bottom. The obverse side features the fourth portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.
(Caption: Flag of the European Union)
How Much is the EU 50p Coin Worth?
The EU 50p has a mintage value of 5 million. Even though it’s still considered a common coin, due to Brexit and the current political situation, this coin might become a popular and sought-after collector’s item in the near future.
On eBay for a circulation coin, the highest price paid was £4.00 as of 2019.
Other Versions of the European Union Coin
There are some specials Proof versions of the coin from the Royal Mint as well. There’s the Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort (mintage 9,000), and Gold Proof (mintage 1,000). You can also find it as a Brilliant Uncirculated coin.
In 2009, in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the 50p, the Royal Mint also reissued this 50p for that year. It was only released in commemorative sets as Proof coins.
(75% copper, 25%
|Obverse Designer||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
1998 – Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
|Reverse Designer||John Mills|