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Windrush Generations 75th Anniversary 50p

Fifty pence coin struck to celebrate the 75th anniversary in 2023 of the first arrivals from the Caribbean aboard the ship HMT Empire Windrush.
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Coin Rarity / Mintage

Circulation Mintage: 0
BU Mintage: Unknown

The Windrush Generations 75th Anniversary 50p was Not Struck For Circulation (NSFC), so wont be found in change.

This fifty pence was available to purchase in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) quality from release date: 19 June 2023. BU mintage figures have not been published.

Coin Value - How much is my Windrush Generations 75th Anniversary 50p coin worth?

BU
£4.50

The Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) Windrush Generations 75th Anniversary 50p was available from £4.99 on issue, in as new condition this BU 50p coin is worth about £4.50.

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HMT Empire Windrush docked in Tilbury on 22 June 1948, bringing workers from Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and other islands, to help fill post-war UK labour shortages.

The ship's name came to represent the many thousands of people who arrived in the UK between 1948 and 1971 from the Caribbean, setting up home, raising families, and leaving a permanent legacy for the history and culture of Britain: the Windrush Generation.

Ship: Empire Windrush (London)

The reverse shows a depiction of a man and a woman set against a Union flag accompanied by the number 75 and the inscription "WINDRUSH GENERATIONS". The first portrait of His Majesty King Charles III by Martin Jennings appears on the obverse.

2023 50p Coin Windrush 75th Anniversary

A 50p destined for UK Circulation

This 50p will enter circulation during 2023 as noted in the Windrush Cross-Government Working Group minutes of meetings 30 June 2021.

The Royal Mint strike circulating coins on behalf of HM Treasury, coin designs used and numbers minted are said to be based on demand from businesses - but in some cases, political pressures dictates production of circulating coins in the United Kingdom.

  • 2020 Brexit 50p (Mintage: 10,001,000)
  • 2020 Diversity 50p (Mintage: 10,300,000)
  • 2022 Pride 50p (Mintage: 5,000,000)

The Goverment, HM Treasury and The Royal Mint has now set a precedent - so it is difficult to see a situation where this coin will not enter circulation - likely in numbers around the 5 million mark.

The designer of the coin is Valda Jackson, who came from the Caribbean at the age of 5 to join her parents. Note: Minutes of a Windrush Cross-Government Working Group meeting suggested the 50p Windrush Coin would be designed by a Caribbean artist.

The design may have been influenced by the The National Windrush Monument created by Basil Watson.

The National Windrush Monument
Windrush 75 Network

The Windrush 75 network brings together organisations across the country who are committed to marking this significant moment in our shared history.

References

The Gazette notice 4199211

Proclamations: BY THE KING A PROCLAMATION DETERMINING THE SPECIFICATIONS AND DESIGN FOR A NEW SERIES OF FIFTY PENCE COINS

For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription "· CHARLES III · D · G · REX · F · D · 50 PENCE ·" and the date of the year, and for the reverse a depiction of a man and a woman set against a Union flag accompanied by the number 75 and the inscription "WINDRUSH GENERATIONS". The coins shall have a plain edge.


Windrush Cross-Government Working Group minutes of meetings 30 June 2021

the planned circulation of a 50p Windrush Coin that would be designed by a Caribbean artist and would be issued in 2023 to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the Windrush voyage;


Windrush Monument Journey of the National Windrush Monument

The dedication text that accompanies the Monument at Waterloo Station was designed by Abi Wright, British graphic designer of Caribbean heritage. For the title graphics, Abi has used a sans serif font designed by black British graphic designer Greg Bunbury called Empire Windrush, a typeface inspired by the iconic lettering on the HMT Empire Windrush passenger ship, paying tribute to the Windrush arrivals through a typeface that is as unique as the passengers who stepped off the boat 75 years ago.

Coin Reverse (tails side)

A depiction of a man and a woman set against a Union flag accompanied by the number 75 and the inscription "WINDRUSH GENERATIONS".

Design by: Valda Jackson

Coin Obverse (heads side)

portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Martin Jennings with the inscription "CHARLES III • D • G • REX F • D • 50 PENCE • 2023 •".

Coin Specification

Denomination: 50p
Alloy: Cupronickel
Weight: 8g
Diameter: 27.3mm
Quality: BU
Year: 2023

Coin condition and quality

The value of a coin is always related to the condition.

Prices shown on this page relate to coins available to buy in Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) quality. These are coins produced to a higher standard that show more detail and have none of the marks and scratches that will be seen on all circulation quality coins.