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Sailing 50p

Fifty pence coin struck to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games as part of the 2011 dated sports 50p set, coin 20 of 29 featured Sailing.
2011 50p Coin Sailing
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Circulation 50p Coin: 2011 London 2012 Olympic Sailing
Circulation 50p Coin: 2011 London 2012 Olympic Sailing

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Coin Rarity / Mintage

Circulation Mintage: 1,749,500
UNC Mintage: 138,535

The Sailing 50p can be found in your change: 1,749,500 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 Sailing 50p coin worth?


The circulation (CIRC) 50p is worth £2.25. The Uncirculated (UNC) Sailing 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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This coin is sometimes called the sailing boat 50p.

Sailors complete in 11 races, sailing around a course marked with buoys, points are received based on finishing positions 1 for first, 2 for second etc, the 10 sailors with the least points compete in the final where lowest points total wins gold.

Sailing coin designer Bruce Rushin

In a Royal Mint video interview with the Sailing coin designer Bruce Rushin (click image above to view), asked what was the inspiration behind your idea?, Bruce said: I was certainly inspired by the successes of Ben Ainsley and was surprised when I started to research just how small the dinghy’s are that he sails and that is the kind of yacht I tried to show in the design, I also found out that the sailing regatta was going to take place off the coast of Weymouth and so I wanted to get that very interesting coastal shape of Chesil Beach and Portland Bill into the design and for the background rather than using clouds or sky I decided to use latitude and longitude lines of a nautical chart.

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

A design which depicts three sailing boats accompanied by a map of the coast of Weymouth, with the London 2012 logo above and the denomination, "50 PENCE", below

Design by: Bruce Rushin

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 Sailing 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 1,749,500 coins struck, will now have been in circulation for 13 years.