The Victoria Cross 50p celebrates the 150th anniversary of the medal’s creation. Here’s how rare the coin is and how much it’s worth.
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Finding a commemorative coin with a different design is more common than you might expect. In some cases, checking through your spare change for rare coins can be more than worth the trouble.
The reason many people collect commemorative coins with unique designs is that they are often more valuable than their denomination.
In 2006, the Royal Mint struck two commemorative coins for the 150th anniversary of the Victoria Cross medal’s inception.
Keep reading to learn more about these coins and their value.
Victoria Cross 50p overview
The two fifty pence coins released in 2006 to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Victoria Cross medal pay tribute to those who have won it. The medal is the greatest honour that a British and Commonwealth serviceman can be awarded.
The first coin, VC – award, features two images of the Victoria Cross medal and was created by Claire Aldridge. One of the medals is inscribed with the date of “29 Jan 1856” – when Queen Victoria signed the royal warrant to establish the award.
The second coin, VC – heroic acts, depicts a soldier carrying an injured colleague; one example of the extraordinary acts of courage and valour that would earn a member of the armed forces the Victoria Cross medal.
It was first awarded to servicemen in the Crimean War who had shown extraordinary bravery in the face of danger.
The reverse of both coins features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley.
Both coins have a high circulation, so their monetary value is not as high as some other special coins. However, a 50-pence coin commemorating military events is a popular addition to any coin collection.
Other coins dedicated to military history include the World War II Battle of Britain coin, the Battle of Hastings coin, and the D-Day landing coin. All of these 50ps have relatively high circulations.
The Victoria Cross anniversary 50p coin had a high mintage circulation of 12,087,000, which means it is not a rare coin, nor particularly valuable.
The circulation of the Soldier version of the coin was 10,000,500.
VC – award
The estimated worth of a 2006 Victoria Cross 50p is around £1.20.
CV – heroic acts
The Soldier version of the 2006 Victoria Cross coin is also valued at around £1.20.
The value is subject to fluctuation. The condition of the coin will also have a bearing on its monetary worth.
While neither coin is particularly valuable, they are an important reminder of the sacrifices made by members of the armed forces and their willingness to risk their own lives to protect those of their countrymen.
There are other rare 50ps that have a much higher value.
Year of release
Claire Aldridge (Victoria Cross) & Clive Duncan (Soldier)
27.5mm in diameter