Introducing the Give Women the Vote 50p Coin
In 2003, the Royal Mint issued the Suffragette 50p, in honour of the 100 years of the foundation of the Women’s Social and Political Union, or WSPU. The WSPU was a women’s only political movement pushing for a woman’s right to vote. Created by Emmeline Pankhurst and her daughters Christabel and Sylvia in 1903, the organisation became known for their aggressive efforts to their cause including heckling, demonstrations, and even destruction of public property. They also chained themselves to railings and went on hunger strikes. The women’s right to vote was partially passed in 1918 and fully passed in 1928.
Give Women the Vote 2003 50p
This 50p is also known informally as the ‘Women’s Vote 50p’ and the ‘Suffragette 50p.’ The coin’s design by Mary Milner Dickens shows a suffragette standing in protest, chained to a railing, holding the WSPU flag. Next to her is an enlarged ballot paper with the words, ‘Give Women the Vote.’ The anniversary dates of the WSPU’s formation, 1903 and 2003 are next to the paper.
(Caption: Annie Kenney and Christabel Pankhurst)
How Much is the Give Women the Vote 50p Coin Worth?
There were about 3.1 million of these 50p coins made by the Royal Mint making this coin a less common find. The highest price paid on eBay for a single coin, as of 2019, was £149.99. The coin was of circulation quality.
Other Versions of the Give Women the Vote 50p
Along with the circulation coins, the Royal Mint issued special versions of the coin, including a Gold Proof (mintage of 1,000), Silver Proof (mintages of 15,000), Silver Proof Piedfort (mintage of 7,500), and the Brilliant Uncirculated version.
It was also reissued for the 40th anniversary of the 50p in 2009.
(75% copper, 25%
|Obverse Designer||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen
2003 – Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
|Reverse Designer||Mary Milner Dickens|