How Much is the Suffragettes – Give Women the Vote 50p Worth in 2024

Depending on its condition find here out how much the rare 2003 Suffragettes 50p coin is really worth at current market prices.

How Much Is the Suffragettes 50p Worth
Credit: The Royal Mint

2003 Suffragettes – Give Women the Vote 50p Coin

The Suffragettes 50p coin is sometimes referred to as the Give Women the Vote 50p because of the clear wording on the coin.

It was released into circulation in 2003 to celebrate 100 years since the Women’s Social and Political Union was founded.

The coin design features the combination of the WSPU flag being held by a Suffragette who’s chained herself to some railings.

There’s also a protest banner featuring the slogan “GIVE WOMEN THE VOTE”, underneath which we see the founding year, “1903” and to the right the year of the 100th anniversary “2003”.

The coin’s denomination “50 PENCE” is prominently featured to the left of Suffragette.

Suffragettes 50p Coin
Credit: The Royal Mint

How Much is the Suffragettes 50p Worth?

The Suffragettes 50p coin is worth around £2 on average if it’s in at least very good circulated condition.  An uncirculated example could be worth up to £10.00.

Estimated Prices are as follows:

  • Average circulated condition 80p
  • Very good to excellent circulated condition £1.00 to £2.75
  • Uncirculated condition £7.00 to £10.00

How Many Suffragettes 50p Coins Were Made?

There were 3,124,030 Suffragettes 50p coins minted for circulation by The Royal Mint in 2003.  It was the first new reverse design since the Public Libraries Act 50p in 2000.

Is the Suffragettes 50p Coin Rare?

With a mintage of just over 3 million the Suffragettes 50p coin is considered rare making the top 10 rarest 50p coins in circulation if you exclude the 29 Olympic 50p coins.

With it being so many years since it was minted it is not often found in change these days.

Is it Worth Selling a Suffragettes 50p?

Even a circulated Suffragettes 50p coin in very good to excellent condition is worth more than face value, so for some people, it’s worth selling if you want to realise that value.  There are always collectors looking to add to their collections.

An uncirculated coin is worth nearly 4 times more so definitely one worth selling if you don’t wish to hold it as part of your own collection.

About the Suffragettes and WSPU

The Women’s Social and Political Union or Suffragettes as they were known from 1906 onward was set up to campaign for women’s suffrage – the right to vote in political elections.

Emmeline Pankhurst

Emmeline Pankhurst, formerly a member of a similar movement known as the Suffragists, left to found her own organisation the Women’s Social and Political Union, as we see featured in the flag in the coin design.

The Suffragettes as they later became known wanted to fight for the rights of women from all walks of life, whether rich or poor.  They decided on a much more direct and sometimes violent approach.

Their slogan was “Deeds Not Words”.  Over the years many suffragettes were arrested and imprisoned, where it was common for them to then go on hunger strike.   So much so that legislation was brought in whereby the hunger-striking suffragettes would be released so they would eat, and then later be re-arrested again when they were deemed well enough.

Emily Wilding Davison

One of the most famous Suffragette actions was in 1913 when Emily Wilding Davison ran onto the Epsom racecourse in front of the Kings own racehorse and was subsequently run down and trampled to death.

This event caused much anger and outrage at the time, as well as significantly raising the issues of their cause.

World War 1

It was actually World War 1 that changed things the most for the movement even though the suffragettes had to pause their campaigning for the war years.

Instead, they supported the war effort which enabled them to break away from their traditional roles in cooking and cleaning the home.  They were seen as workers in job roles for the first time which even included working on the production of weaponry for the war effort.

In 1918 there was a breakthrough with  The Representation of the People Act also represented on a 50p which garnered some women the vote.

Although it didn’t get all women the vote it was a start.

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