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Equestrian 50p Coin

The Equestrian fifty pence designed by Thomas Babbage is part of the Olympic sports coin collection. This 50p had a circulation mintage of 2,142,500 and is valued at about £1.50.

2011 50p Coin Equestrian

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Coin Rarity

Can be found in change: 2,142,500 coins created to enter circulation. Available to purchase in Brilliant Uncirculated quality from release date: 22 July 2010.

Coin Value - How much is my Equestrian 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 £6.

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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 - Equestrian

Available to purchase on the release date 22 July 2010 for £2.99 from The Royal Mint, currently valued at £5 +67% for as new packaging and coin.

Packs Sold: 145,122

Equestrian Coin Cover

Available to purchase on the release date 18 January 2011 for £9.95, currently valued at £28 +181% for as new packaging and coin.

LEP: 20000
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Coin Reverse (tails side)

A design which depicts a horse and rider jumping over a fence, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

This coin is also referred to as the horse riding or show jumping 50p.

Design by: Thomas Babbage
Equestrian coin designer Thomas Babbage

In a Royal Mint video interview with the Equestrian coin designer Thomas Babbage (click image above to view), asked what was the inspiration behind your idea?, Thomas said: In terms of research for my coin I looked at various photos seeing different ways that horses appear within horse riding events and I wanted to make the horse look true to a horse riding event so that the people who know a lot about horse riding would feel that this is something that they would see on a regular occasion.

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

Equestrian jumping made its debut in Paris 1900 and eventing at Stockholm 1912.

In jumping riders complete a course of 10 to 13 obstacles the aim is to do this in the fastest time with fewest penalties. There are individual and team competitions based on three elimination rounds, with the top 20 riders competing in the final where the rider with the fewest penalties wins.

Eventing combines dressage, jumping and cross country. In dressage the riders prompt the horse to perform a series of predetermine moves, the cross country event consists of 40 to 45 obstacles where the riders must complete the course in a given time and in the jumping round of eventing the horse and rider must clear 9 to 12 obstacles. The combination of the lowest penalties at the end of all three disciplines wins.

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