Introducing the Boxing 50p Coin
Boxing has been a part of the Summer Olympic Games since the 1904 Summer Games in St. Louis and since the 2012 London Games, both men and women can compete. The competition is arranged into different weight classes, eight for men and five for women, in preparation for the 2020 Games. For the 2012 Boxing competition, 286 competitors participated in 13 events, with men competing in ten events and women competing in three. Great Britain ranked number one in the medal standings with five medals, three of which were gold.
Boxing 2011 50p
The Boxing 50p was designed by Shane Abery, a delivery driver from Reading. His design has a pair of boxing gloves sitting in front of the ropes of the boxing ring. The London 2012 logo is at the top edge of the coin.
During an interview with the Royal Mint Museum, Shane described the inspiration behind his idea. “The idea was quite easy really, to me the sport of boxing is boxing gloves and its symbolic and everyone can see a pair of boxing gloves and quickly link the gloves to the sport so it was just laying them out in the right way so people would notice and immediately say yes that’s boxing.”
(Caption: Pictogram for the Boxing event at the 2012 London Olympics)
How Much is the Boxing 50p Coin Worth?
On eBay, as of late October 2019, the highest price for a single Boxing 50p coin was for an uncirculated version, still in its original packaging. The price was £9.00.
How Many Boxing 50p Coins Were Made in Circulation?
The Royal Mint released 2,148,500 Boxing 50p coins into circulation.
Other Versions of the Boxing 50p Coin
Along with the circulation version of the coin, there are two other versions of the Boxing 50p. There are the Brilliant Uncirculated version and the Silver Proof version (mintage 30,000).
Other Olympics Coins
Are you interested in learning more about the other 28 London Olympics 50p coins? Chancery Coins has an in-depth guide that will tell you everything you’d want to know about this fun series.
If you’re looking for more 2012 Games coins, there are two other series created in celebration of the Games. There’s the £2 coin series created for the Handover Ceremony and the £5 coin series created for the countdown to the 2012 Games. If you’re interested in other Olympic Games coins, there’s the 50p 2016 Rio Summer Olympics coin and the 2008 £2 coin for the 100th anniversary of the 1908 London Games.
(75% copper, 25% nickel)
|Obverse Designer||Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS|
|Reverse Designer||Shane Abery|