The Girl Guides were formed in 1910 and to commemorate the 100th anniversary, a 50p coin was minted. The Girl Guides 50p coin should be included in any collection of 50p coins as it was the only 50p coin released in to circulation in 2010. It also makes a nice gift for a member, or former member, of the Girl Guides.
History of The Coin
New coins were minted prior to decimalisation in 1971. The 5p, 10p and 50p coins were the first three new coins. The 5p was to replace the shilling, 10p was to replace the florin and the 50p coin replaced the 10 shilling note.
The first 50p piece showed Britannia, a design which has been used on our coins since 1672. The new 50p was also used for many commemorative designs and these have made them popular with collectors.
The Girl Guides 50p is one such coin and it commemorates 100 years of the Girl Guides.
About Girl Guides
In 1907, Robert Baden-Powell founded the Boy Scout Movement. Such was its popularity that a similar group for girls was founded in 1910.
The organisation was founded by his sister Agnes, who set up the first group in Pinkneys Green. It was the 1st Pinkneys Green Guides and this group still exists.
Girl Guide had to take a 3 point promise, and this is represented by the guiding symbol, the trefoil. Guides work towards getting badges, which teach them life and social skills and they learn to work together as part of a team.
The Girl Guide movement is split in to age groups, with Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers. In 2017 in the UK there were over half a million members of the Girl Guides, and 10,000,000 members worldwide in 145 countries.
How Many Girl Guides 50p Coins Were Made?
7,410,090 Girl Guide 50p coins were circulated in 2010.
Design and Designer
- Front design:
The design of the Girl Guides 50p is a circle of 6 trefoils with another smaller one in the middle. Around the edge of the coin it says ‘Celebrating one hundred years of Girlguiding UK’.
- Obverse design:
The 4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley.
- Designer: Jonathan Evans and Donna Hainan
The Girl Guides 50p design was a joint achievement between Jonathan Evans and Donna Haiman. They ran their own design firm called Navyblue. The company has since closed and they are now working for new companies.
The design company created designs and logos for many organisations including UK Energy.
The Girl Guides 50p was circulated in 2010 and 7,410,090 were minted. It was reissued in 2019 as part of the 50th Anniversary of the 50p but this was a commemorative coin only.
- Brilliant uncirculated coins are available
- 20,000 Silver Proof coins were produced.
- 1,500 Silver Proof Piedfort coins were produced.
- 1,000 Gold Proof coins were produced.