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Canoeing 50p Coin

The Canoeing fifty pence designed by Timothy Lees is part of the Olympic sports coin collection. This 50p had a circulation mintage of 2,166,500 and is valued at about £1.50.

2011 50p Coin Canoeing

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Coin Rarity

Can be found in change: 2,166,500 coins created to enter circulation. Available to purchase in Brilliant Uncirculated quality from release date: 22 July 2010.

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


A circulated coin in good condition is worth about £1.50. Brilliant Uncirculated: Prices from £2.99 on issue, in as new condition this BU 50p coin is worth about £4.50.

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Coin Packaging

Brilliant Uncirculated coins produced by The Royal Mint must be sold in packaging when first offered for sale - whether direct or via official distributors.

This 50p in Brilliant Uncirculated quality was included in these coin packs / sets:

London 2012 sports collection - Canoeing

Available to purchase on the release date 22 July 2010 for £2.99 from The Royal Mint, currently valued at £4.50 +51% for as new packaging and coin.

Packs Sold: 116,114

Canoeing Coin Cover

Available to purchase on the release date 18 January 2011 for £9.95, currently valued at £44 +342% for as new packaging and coin.

LEP: 20000
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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.

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

Design by: Timothy Lees
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.

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: Circulation / BU
Year: 2011

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.

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