One of the last Queen coins to be issued by the BBC for 100 years

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The commemorative coin “captures perfectly the enormous reach and impact of the BBC,” said the organisation’s director-general (Image: PA).

Coin collectors are expected to go wild over a new 50p featuring the late Queen.

The Royal Mint issues the commemorative coin to celebrate the BBC’s centenary.

New coins usually feature the living British monarch – but these were made before Her Majesty died in September.

They will not be re-embossed with King Charles to “minimize waste or unnecessary environmental impact”.

The 50p – which can be bought for £11 – is expected to spark “high demand”.

But it won’t be the last time the country will see its longest-reigning monarch on a new coin, the Royal Mint said.

“The Queen can be seen on other coins that have not yet been released and were made before the launch date,” a spokesman told

People will start noticing the portrait of Charles in their change around December as other new coins begin to come into circulation.


It features a transmission tower emerging from the earth (Image: PA)


It’s not the last new coin featuring Her Majesty, the Royal Mint said (Image: PA)

In homage to the BBC’s global reach, the new 50p features a broadcast tower rising from the earth.

It bears the inscription “Inform, Education, Entertain” – the values ​​established by Lord Reith when the organization was founded in 1922.

“Coins are small works of art that tell the stories of our nation,” said Rebecca Morgan, director of collectors services at the Royal Mint.

“We are delighted to be working with Britain’s leading national broadcaster to create a special 50p in recognition of their 100th anniversary.

“As a ubiquitous British institution in most people’s lives, the BBC has had a profound impact on our culture and broadcast some of the most extraordinary moments in British history.

“As the obverse of the coin features the effigy of Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth, we anticipate a high collector demand for these coins.”


The BBC was founded in 1922 (Image: PA)

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They are selling for £11 (Picture: PA)

BBC Director General Tim Davie said the broadcaster was “honored” by the commemorative medal.

The design “perfectly captures the enormous reach and impact of the BBC,” he added.

The new coin can be purchased on the Royal Mint’s website.

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