Along with the Royal Mint, the British Pobjoy Mint are prolific issuers of the United Kingdoms’s seven-sided 50 pence coin. There has been a plethora of different designs this year, with Pobjoy’s eclectic mix of nature coins, and the Royal Mint seemingly trying to rule the world of popular culture releases with their Paddington Bear, Gruffalo, and Wallace & Gromit franchises.
Pobjoy are expanding their selection with a revisit to a subject they’ve covered before – the Penny Black stamp. The last time they did so was in 2015 for the 175th anniversary, although they have featured the Penny Red and Two Pence Blue in the interim. All of those were standard round format coins, however, so the use of the 50p is new.
Also new for the format is what Pobjoy is calling a “Black Pearl” finish. It looks from the images we have to be similar in appearance to a Rhodium or Black Nickel plating, but the renders are of a limited quality, so we’ll have to wait to see a finished coin for a true appreciation. A partially incused strike is also a first for the 50p coin.
There are four precious metal variants in the range, along with a solitary base metal coin. Two are sterling silver and two are 22kt gold (0.9167). All have the same dimensions, although one of each metal is a double-thickness Piedfort version. Each comes in a red coin box with a themed Certificate of Authenticity and all are available to buy now from Pobjoys website, or from their dealer network.