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Handball 50p Coin

The Handball fifty pence designed by Natasha Ratcliffe is part of the Olympic sports coin collection. This 50p had a circulation mintage of 1,676,500 and is valued at about £2.

2011 50p Coin Handball

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Coin Rarity

Can be found in change: 1,676,500 coins created to enter circulation. Available to purchase in Brilliant Uncirculated quality from release date: 22 July 2010.

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


A circulated coin in good condition is worth about £2. Brilliant Uncirculated: Prices from £2.99 on issue, in as new condition this BU 50p coin is worth about £5.50.

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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 - Handball

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: 117,566

Handball Coin Cover

Available to purchase on the release date 18 January 2011 for £9.95, currently valued at £43 +332% for as new packaging and coin.

LEP: 20000
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Coin Reverse (tails side)

A design which depicts a handball player throwing a ball against the background of a handball court, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below.

Design by: Natasha Ratcliffe
Handball coin designer Natasha Ratcliffe

In a Royal Mint video interview with the Handball coin designer Natasha Ratcliffe (click image above to view), asked why did you choose handball for your design?, Natasha said: I’ve never played handball but when I’ve watched it people are jumping around and their arms are always high with so much action, they are always off the ground and it reminded me of sponge ball games when you are a kid, hurling balls at each other, very dynamic and I wanted to get that on 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

Handball gained permanent status as an Olympic sport in 1972. 7 people on each team play two 30 minute halves. Players can take 3 steps and then need to dribble the ball, goals are scored by throwing the ball into the net from outside a 6 meter zone.

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