Celebrate 75 years of our NHS with The Royal Mint’s BRAND-NEW 50p coin range!

2023 marks the 75th anniversary of Britain’s National Health Service. And today, we celebrate the pivotal role that the NHS has played in our lives for decades with a brand-new coin range.

But first, let’s take a look back at the service which touches the lives of millions every day…

Britain, 1948

The National Health Service was founded in 1948 and was the first universal health system to be available to all, completely free of charge.

The Minister of Health at the time, Aneurin Bevan, introduced the service to the British people who had previously been unable to afford medical bills and had only ever known insurance-based schemes to cover the cost of healthcare.

But, the NHS offered healthcare to all for not a single penny, and revolutionised medial treatment as the people of Britain knew it…

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Aneurin Bevan (second left) on a visit to Park Hospital, Manchester on the day the NHS was founded in July 1948. Source: The Guardian & Trafford Healthcare NHS/PA

Establishing the NHS

Since 1948, the NHS has grown into an incredible service, from Britain’s first heart transplant in 1958 to Europe’s first liver transplant in 1968.

Renowned for their large-scale vaccination programmes, the NHS protected children from whooping cough, measles and tuberculosis – and in 1999, the meningitis C vaccine was offered nationally as a global first.

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Source: NHS England on Twitter

The NHS has delivered huge advances in health care – not only have they carried out revolutionary liver, heart and lung transplants, but they were also the first health service in the world to begin Covid-19 vaccinations. They continue to strive to pioneer new treatments and technologies, such as bionic eyes and the world’s first rapid whole-genome sequencing service.

And following the shocking impact that Covid-19 had on our National Health Service, now is the perfect time to offer gratitude for decades of selfless, tireless and relentless work.

A Sentimental 50p

Therefore, to not only pay tribute to the 75th anniversary of the NHS, but to also offer appreciation for their care, compassion and devotion throughout the years, The Royal Mint have issued a new coin range.

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The 75 Years of the NHS Coin Range

Available in Brilliant Uncirculated Quality, Silver Proof and Gold Proof, your 50p coin features a design that showcases words of appreciation for our NHS workers, both past and present.

So, celebrate the 75th anniversary of our NHS with a stunning brand-new 50p coin! Click here to explore the range >>


UPDATE: The Royal Proclamation has now been released, so we know a little bit more information about the reverse designs – they will feature depictions of:

  • R2-D2 and C-3PO
  • Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine
  • Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia
  • Han Solo and Chewbacca

All of the reverse designs will also include the inscription ‘STAR WARS’ and feature Martin Jennings’ UK King Charles III effigy on the obverse.

Today, the FIRST EVER UK Star Wars 50p coin has been announced as part of a brand-new four-coin collection.

The original Star Wars™ trilogy helped create an all-encompassing fictional universe that has since amassed one of the largest fan bases in the world. 

Whilst details about the designs are still top secret, we do know that the coins will feature Martin Jennings’ UK King Charles III effigy on the obverse.

So, don’t miss out on being the first to hear more about these Star Wars™ coins, including the designs and when you can get your hands on them.

Sign up below today and May the 4th be with you!

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What happened when The Royal Mint launched the official Coronation coins?

Today, we witnessed the monumental launch of the official UK Coronation coin range.

And as you would imagine, the coins released for the biggest royal event in decades have generated insatiable demand. The Royal Mint have already SOLD-OUT THIRTEEN of their specifications.

Featuring a 50p, £5 and an Ounce range, these FIRST Coronation coins were made available in BU, Silver Proof, Silver Piedfort, and the most prestigious quality – Gold Proof.

OVER 60,000 Collectors Waited…

The story began at 9am, when we were greeted by a queue of over 60,000 on The Royal Mint’s website.

And since then, we have seen almost immediate SELL-OUTS…

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The Royal Mint’s Holding Page at 9am

Sell-Out After Sell-Out

The growing queue soon resulted in the 16-MINUTE SELL-OUT of the Struck on the Day Sovereign, going off-sale from the Mint at 9:16am.

The sell-out of the 1/40th oz Gold coin came next, selling out an impressive entire edition limit of 2,023 in just over twenty minutes!

The prestigious 1oz and ¼ oz Gold Proof Coronation coins soon followed suit and sold-out too.

Next were all the coins in the Gold Ounce range to sell-out of their edition limits, which ranged from 500 to 2,023.

Then, the 5oz Silver with an edition limit of 1,500 was next to sell-out…

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Even the large edition limit of 3,250 belonging to the Silver Piedfort 50p and Silver Piedfort £5 coins have BOTH SOLD-OUT!

But most impressively so far, BOTH the prestigious Gold Proof 50p and Gold Proof £5 specifications have sold-out of their 500 edition limits!