Even though it has a high mintage compared to some of the rarest and most valuable 50p coins, the 100th Anniversary of The Representation of the People Act 50p is still worth more than face value if you have one in good enough condition.
Find out true current market prices for various conditions of the coin below.
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Representation of the People 50p Coin
The 1918 Representation of the People Act 50p coin celebrates the 100th Anniversary of the Act coming into legislation.
The Act increased the number of people, both men and women eligible to vote. This was something we saw campaigned for on the Suffragettes – Give Women the Vote 50p which was issued 5 years earlier.
Although some women now had the vote, in no way equal to the number of men who could vote. Only women over 30 years old who owned property were given the right to vote. Still, it was a big improvement for the time.
The coin design was by Stephen Taylor who’s initials “ST” can be seen in small letters on the right-hand side of the coin.
We clearly see the inscription “1918 REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE ACT” over 4 lines of text. Beneath which we see images of 5 people standing in line to vote with a proud woman at the front holding up her ballot card.
How Much is the Representation of the People 50p Worth?
Coin Value: £1.50 to £2.50 circulated in excellent condition. The 2018 Representation of the People 50p is relatively common in relation to most commemorative 50p’s in circulation but it is still worth higher than face value in at least very good to excellent condition. The highest value version of the coin is one in uncirculated condition.
Estimated Prices are as follows:
- Average circulated condition 50p
- Very good to excellent circulated condition £1.50 to £2.50
- Uncirculated condition £5.00 to £6.00
How Many Representation of the People 50p Coins Were Made?
There was 9 million Representation of the People 50p coins minted for circulation by the Royal Mint in 2008.
Is the Representation of the People 50p Coin Rare?
The Representation of the People 50p is rare enough to be worth more than face value if it is in excellent circulated or uncirculated condition. The mintage of 9 million is relatively high, especially compared to well known rare 50ps issued in the same years including Peter Rabbit (2018) 50p and Flopsy Bunny 50p, both with mintages much lower at just 1.4 million each.
In fact of the 7 different 50p designs minted in 2018, the Representation of the People was by far the highest. Even the 2nd highest, Paddington at the Palace 50p was a lot lower with a mintage of 5.9 million.
Is it Worth Selling a Representation of the People 50p?
The Representation of the People 50p is of relatively low value but being worth more than face value is worth selling for some people who don’t wish to hold it in a collection or maybe have duplicates. There are always buyers on eBay and other coin selling groups.
More on the Representation of the People Act 1918
The Representation of the People Act was passed in 1918 and gave a wider range of people the right to vote in political elections. Most significantly it was the first time women were given the right to vote, albeit in limited numbers.
The Act allowed the following to vote for the first time:
- Women over 30 who resided in a property or whose husbands did which met a minimum rateable value of £5
- All men over 21
- Men 19 and over who had military service
This was a step in the right direction for what the Suffragettes had been fighting for, also depicted on an earlier 2003 Suffragettes – give Women the vote 50p coin.