A Golden Tribute to the Men and Women who Made their Mark on History
Today, we may take our right to vote for granted but imagine a time when many men and women were excluded from Britain's democratic system. It may sound strange but just over 100 years ago, as the nation struggled through the horrors of the First World War, this was the reality. Young men died on foreign battlefields and women took on dangerous jobs in munitions factories and mines but their voices could not be heard at the polls.
The Representation of the People Act 1918 changed that forever. All men over 21 and all military men over 19 could now have their say on Election Day. It also gave women over the age of 30 -of property' the right to vote for the first time and paved the way for equal representation in 1928. 100 years later we mark the Act's centenary with this UK 50p coin, which features an original design by Royal Mint graphic designer Stephen Taylor. The coin is struck in 22 carat gold, finished to Proof standard and presented in a Royal Mint case along with an informative booklet.
-It's really great to see a Representation of the People Act 1918 50p amongst the new coin designs for 2018. I wish it were possible for all of us to carry one in our pockets to carry forward that message of equality first started by the Act 100 years ago, reminding us that we still have work to do.-
Helen Antrobus of the People's History Museum, Manchester
|Alloy||22 Carat Gold|
|Reverse Designer||Stephen Taylor|
|Obverse Designer||Jody Clark|