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Canoeing 50p

Fifty pence coin struck to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games as part of the 2011 dated sports 50p set, coin 8 of 29 featured Canoeing.
2011 50p Coin Canoeing
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Circulation 50p Coin: 2011 London 2012 Olympic Canoeing
Circulation 50p Coin: 2011 London 2012 Olympic Canoeing

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Coin Rarity / Mintage

Circulation Mintage: 2,166,500
UNC Mintage: 116,114

The Canoeing 50p can be found in your change: 2,166,500 coins dated 2011 were struck to enter circulation.

This fifty pence was available to purchase in Uncirculated (UNC) quality from release date: 22 July 2010.

Coin Value - How much is my Canoeing 50p coin worth?


The circulation (CIRC) 50p is worth £1.50. The Uncirculated (UNC) Canoeing 50p was available from £2.99 on issue, in as new condition this UNC 50p coin is worth about £4.50.

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Kayaking is also an Olympic sport like canoeing but the athlete kneels and uses a single-bladed paddle.

Olympic canoe events debuted at Berlin 1936 for men and at London 1948 for women. Slalom was introduced at Munich 1972. The aim of all canoe events is to finish the race in the quickest time possible.

Canoe Sprint: Three distance events of 200, 500 and 1000 meters on a straight flat water course. Athletes compete in heats and then the top nine compete in the final for the medals.

Canoe Slalom: Courses up to 250 meters long containing 20 to 25 gates. Athletes receive a 2 second penalty for contact with a gate and a 50 second penalty if they miss one. The top ten compete in the final for the medals.

Canoeing coin designer Timothy Lees

In a Royal Mint video interview with the Canoeing coin designer Timothy Lees (click image above to view), asked what was the inspiration behind your idea?, Timothy said: I had started off the design just on a purely visual attempt by trying to get dynamic lines which cross and work together and with the lower leaf I was quite interested in trying to make layers which overlapped so that it gave the appearance of depth despite it being a very shallow relief but that was the technical side of it, I think I had really been inspired by seeing some of the previous Olympic courses and seeing the canoes going down the incredible water courses, it looked absolutely amazing, completely dynamic, I wanted to try and capture that energy within the coin.

Olympic Sports 50p
Olympic Sports 50p
Coin Reverse (tails side)

A design which depicts a figure in a canoe on a slalom course, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below

Design by: Timothy Lees

Coin Obverse (heads side)

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS with the inscription "ELIZABETH II • D • G • REG • F • D • 2011 •".

Coin Specification

Denomination: 50p
Alloy: Cupronickel
Weight: 8g
Diameter: 27.3mm
Quality: CIRC / UNC
Year: 2011

Coin condition and quality

The value of a coin is always related to the condition. A Canoeing 50p coin in good circulated condition (A few small contact marks on the coin, but retains some original shine and most of the original design detail.) is more desirable to a collector than a worn down battered coin.

Prices shown on this page relate to coins created for circulation (CIRC) and coins available to buy in Uncirculated (UNC) quality.

Some coins made for circulation remain "Uncirculated" as they have been kept in or taken from the original sealed coin bag they were packed in after being sent out from The Royal Mint. These are still circulation quality coins - but may keep more of the orginal shine and have a few less contact marks.

Coins not in sealed bags or held in a collection out of the 2,166,500 coins struck, will now have been in circulation for 13 years.