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Handball 50p

Fifty pence coin struck to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games as part of the 2011 dated sports 50p set, coin 15 of 29 featured Handball.
2011 50p Coin Handball
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Coin Rarity / Mintage

Circulation Mintage: 1,676,500
UNC Mintage: 117,566

The Handball 50p can be found in your change: 1,676,500 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 Handball 50p coin worth?


The circulation (CIRC) 50p is worth £2. The Uncirculated (UNC) Handball 50p was available from £2.99 on issue, in as new condition this UNC 50p coin is worth about £5.50.

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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.

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.

Olympic Sports 50p
Olympic Sports 50p
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

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 Handball 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 1,676,500 coins struck, will now have been in circulation for 13 years.