John Logie Baird 50p

John Logie Baird 50p Coins

John Logie Baird 50p

The Royal Mint has launched a 50p coin featuring Scottish inventor John Logie Baird, who was the brains behind the television and is often referred to as “The Father of Television”.

The coins are available in Brilliant Uncirculated, Silver Proof, Silver Proof Piedfort and Gold Proof limited editions. This coin will not be entering general UK coin circulation.

 

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2021 John Logie Baird 50p was first issued as part of the 2021 Annual Coin Sets

This coin was first seen in January 2021 as part of the Annual Coin Sets available direct from The Royal Mint in the UK.

John Logie Baird 50p coin

The John Logie Baird 50p release date was the 4th January 2021 as part of the 2021 Annual Coin Set and as individual collectible coins on the 10th May 2021.

Pay homage to one of the greatest inventors of the twentieth century with the latest addition to the Innovation in Science series. John Logie Baird lived from 1888 to 1946.

John Logie Baird 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

John Logie Baird 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
John Logie Baird 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

John Logie Baird 50p BU Specification

DENOMINATION 50p
ALLOY Cupro-Nickel
WEIGHT 8.00g
DIAMETER 27.30mm
REVERSE DESIGNER Osborne Ross
OBVERSE DESIGNER Jody Clark
QUALITY Brilliant Uncirculated
YEAR 2021

John Logie Baird Silver Proof Coin

John Logie Baird 50p Silver Proof Coin
John Logie Baird 50p Silver Proof Coin

John Logie Baird 50p Silver Proof Coin Specification

  • Limited Edition 4,000 Silver Proof Coins

DENOMINATION 50p
ALLOY .925 Sterling Silver
WEIGHT 8 g
DIAMETER 27.30mm
REVERSE DESIGNER Osborne Ross
OBVERSE DESIGNER Jody Clark
QUALITY Proof
YEAR 2021

John Logie Baird Piedfort Coin

John Logie Baird 50p Silver Proof Piedfort Coin

John Logie Baird Piedfort Coin Specification

  • Limited Edition 1,900 Piedfort Coins

DENOMINATION 50p
ALLOY .925 Sterling Silver
WEIGHT 16 g
DIAMETER 27.30mm
REVERSE DESIGNER Osborne Ross
OBVERSE DESIGNER Jody Clark
QUALITY Proof
YEAR 2021

John Logie Baird Gold Proof Coin

John Logie Baird Gold Coin
John Logie Baird Gold Coin

John Logie Baird Gold Proof Coin Specification

  • Limited Edition 300 Gold Proof Coins

DENOMINATION 50p
ALLOY 22 Carat Gold
WEIGHT 15.5 g
DIAMETER 27.30mm
REVERSE DESIGNER Osborne Ross
OBVERSE DESIGNER Jody Clark
QUALITY Proof
YEAR 2021

Who was John Logie Baird?

John Logie Baird
John Logie Baird

John Logie Baird (3 August 1888 to 14 June 1946) was a Scottish inventor, electrical engineer, and innovator, demonstrating the world’s first working television system on 26 January 1926. He also invented the first publicly demonstrated colour television system and the first purely electronic colour television picture tube.

With online streaming services to any device with a screen so prevalent these days, the concept of having a “TV” in your lounge is far less significant than it used to be but if you were born in the 1960’s you will have lived through the excitement of this huge box taking centre focus in your main living space.

When it went from black and white to colour people were amazed! Compare that to now we have 8K televisions becoming the norm coupled with full surround-sound experiences.

The Father of Television

In the early 1920s, television did not exist! That all changed when John Logie Baird successfully produced televised objects as an outline in 1924. In 1925 he was successful in transmitting human faces and progressed to demonstrating the televising of moving objects in 1926.

At the time, Baird was one of several inventors who were in a neck-and-neck race to be the first to successfully develop the technology to transmit and receive moving pictures. However, his experiments paid off and Baird became the first person to publicly demonstrate television. Baird is often now referred to as “The Father of Television”.

New fifty pence coin

This brand new 50p, designed by Osborne Ross, marks the 75th anniversary of his death.

It is released as a fitting tribute to Baird and the visionary work that brings generations of families together every day.

The fifty pence coin celebrates the inventor and his creation with a design that captures the key milestones in his life. Design company Osborne Ross has presented these milestones in the form of lines of transmission, which radiate from a central point.

John Logie Baird coin design

John Logie Baird 50p
John Logie Baird 50p

Andrew Ross, Creative Partner at Osborne Ross said:

“The equipment that Logie Baird used for his first broadcast isn’t recognisable to our modern eyes as a television, so we looked for another way to express the idea of transmission. A silhouette of the mast at Crystal Palace, together with the radiating circles indicating a broadcast, gave a strong graphic illustration which worked well within the shape of the coin.

“We felt that using the radiating lines as a timeline of Logie Baird’s life and achievements would help to give the viewer a second level of read. We worked closely with the Product Design department at The Royal Mint, using their expertise to add nuance and subtle modelling to the concept and bring it alive in three dimensions.”

John Logie Baird
John Logie Baird

Famous for demonstrating the first working television, John Logie Baird engineered the first transatlantic transmission on 8 Feb 1928.

An invention that we’ve never been more grateful for than in lockdown, discover the commemorative coin in our Annual Sets

Source: The Royal Mint

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