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The Scouts 50p Coin

scouts 50p
Scouts 50p

The Scouts 50p was introduced in 2007 to commemorate 100 years of the Scouting Movement from 1907 to 2007. It is also known as the be prepared 50p

Scouts 50 pence coin specifications
Issued 2007
Diameter 27.30 mm
Weight 8.00 g
Thickness 1.78 mm
Composition Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)
Obverse Designers Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen 2007 – Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS
Reverse Designer Kerry Jones
Edge Plain
Mintage 7,710,750

How many Scout 50p coins were made?

We are often asked how many Scouts 50 pence coins were made? The Scouts 50p, also known by collectors as the “BE PREPARED”, was minted 7.71 million times in 2007, making it one of the more common 50 pence coins that you are likely to find in your pocket change from The Royal Mint in the UK.

How much is the Scouts 50p worth?

If you are wondering how much is the Scouts 50p worth? This coin is popular among UK coin collectors and can sell for more than the face value of 50 pence.

The current average selling price on eBay is £1. BU and Proof condition coins sell for considerably higher prices.

Be Prepared 50p

The design features the famous fleur-de-lis (a stylized lily flower) superimposed over a globe.

It is surrounded by the Scout’s motto “BE PREPARED” – which means you are always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do your DUTY

It shows the dates “1907” and “2007” and the coin denomination of “FIFTY PENCE”.

Silver Proof condition coins were also issued by The Royal Mint for coin collectors.

The Silver Proof Piedfort 50p coin (double thickness) included a COA with scouts pictured on the front and the words, “Scouts, 100 Years of Adventure”.

The Proof and Piedfort versions of this coin were in a coin capsule and included a small box.

The 100th Anniversary of the Founding of the Scouting Movement

The scouting movement was founded in Britain in 1907 by Robert Baden-Powell, a cavalry officer. He hoped to instill in boys aged 11–14 a sense of resourcefulness and a code of chivalrous behaviour. To become a scout, a boy would promise to be loyal to his country, help others, and obey the Scout Law. Originally a British movement, Baden-Powell’s idea took off all over the world. Today there are scouting organisations in more than 170 different countries adhering to the famous motto, ‘be prepared’.

What was happening in the Year 2007?

The first total lunar eclipse in more than three years brought skywatchers out of their homes, Gordon Brown delivered his last budget as Chancellor of the Exchequer, the UK summer was one of the wettest on record and scientists discovered kryptonite – sadly it wasn’t green and glowing like in the Superman movies.

2019 Scouts 50p

This coin was re-issued in 2019 as part of the 50 Years of the 50p Culture Coin Set from The Royal Mint.

This coin set was released as a collectable set only and not put into general circulation.

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