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2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence
« on: September 12, 2012, 11:26:16 AM »
http://www.classicfm.com/composers/britten/news/britten-be-honoured-50-pence-piece/

Benjamin Britten to be honoured on 50 pence coin in 2013.

We need to wait a bit for the design since the design of the coin will be revealed on the composer's 99th birthday, 22nd November 2012.

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Re: 2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence
« Reply #1 on: September 16, 2012, 02:06:54 AM »
Hello, Kena.

I am so sorry I did not reply sooner, but thank you so much for the information on the Benjamin Brittain coin. I don't want to wait until 2013, but I have printed your note and filed in with the other "want" coins...I'll be watching for it in 2013!  Many thanks.   Alan   Massachusetts

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Re: 2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2012, 02:27:14 PM »
Hi both, I've seen the design and I hope it will appeal to you.

50p collecting is the flavour of the month here in the UK with our 50p collector folders flying out as fast as we can produce them. Coin collecting is seeing a lovely upswing in popularity since London 2012!

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Re: 2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2012, 06:46:14 PM »
Here's hoping for something a little less stodgy than the early renaissance coin with a head and a circular legend. Too many coins look like schmalzy family photos in a 1960 style frame. Now that photography has finally been invented ::), sculpture is free to move beyond making 3-D replicas of living stuff and coins should go there too.

A commemorative coin should not be on Britten the man, but on Britten the composer. It should try to depict ideas, rather than images anyone can get from the internet. Coins, and especially portraits on coins cannot compete with colour photography, but they can stimulate ideas and art.

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Re: 2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence
« Reply #4 on: October 19, 2012, 09:54:23 AM »
I like your thinking Peter. Will be interesting to return to this thread when the design is released!

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Re: 2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence
« Reply #5 on: October 19, 2012, 07:35:02 PM »
elsewhere I guessed a similar design to the 2005 dictionary 50p - but with music instead of words...

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Re: 2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2012, 02:33:11 PM »
http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/60356/notices/1728769/single-issue;page=24043

Publication Date: Friday, 14 December 2012

Notice Code: 1101

BY THE QUEEN

A PROCLAMATION

DETERMINING THE SPECIFICATIONS AND DESIGN FOR FIFTY PENCE COINS COMMEMORATING THE HUNDREDTH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF BENJAMIN BRITTEN

ELIZABETH R.

Whereas under section 3(1)(a), (b), (c), (cc), (cd), (d) and (dd) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to determine the denomination, the design and dimensions of coins to be made at Our Mint, to determine the weight and fineness of certain gold coins, the remedy to be allowed in the making of such coins and their least current weight, to determine the weight and composition of coins other than gold coins or coins of silver of Our Maundy money and the remedy to be allowed in the making of such coins, to provide for the manner of measurement of the variation from the standard weight of coins and to determine the percentage of impurities which such coins may contain:

And Whereas under section 3(1)(ff) of the Coinage Act 1971 We have power, with the advice of Our Privy Council, by Proclamation to direct that any coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount:

And Whereas it appears to Us desirable to order that, to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Britten there should be made at Our Mint coins of the denomination of fifty pence in gold, in silver and in cupro-nickel:

We, therefore, in pursuance of the said section 3(1)(a), (b), (c), (cc), (cd), (d), (dd) and (ff), and of all other powers enabling Us in that behalf, do hereby, by and with the advice of Our Privy Council, proclaim, direct and ordain as follows:

GOLD COIN

1. (1) A new coin of gold of the denomination of fifty pence shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 15.5 grammes, a standard diameter of 27.3 millimetres a millesimal fineness of 916.66, and being in the shape of an equilateral curve heptagon.

(2) In the making of the said gold coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or fineness specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

(a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin of 0.065 grammes;

(b) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

(c) a variation from the said millesimal fineness of two per mille.

(3) The least current weight of the said gold coin shall be 15.4 grammes.

(4) The variation from the standard weight will be measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogram of the coin.

SILVER COIN

2. (1) A new coin of silver of the denomination of fifty pence shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 8 grammes, a standard diameter of 27.3 millimetres, a standard composition of 925 parts per thousand fine silver, and being in the shape of an equilateral curve heptagon.

(2) In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

(a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin of 0.075 grammes;

(b) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

(c) a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

(3) The variation from the standard weight will be measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogram of the coin.

(4) The said silver coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

SILVER PIEDFORT COIN

3. (1) A new coin of silver of the denomination of fifty pence shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 16 grammes, a standard diameter of 27.3 millimetres, a standard composition of 925 parts per thousand fine silver, and being in the shape of an equilateral curve heptagon.

(2) In the making of the said silver coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

(a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin of 0.095 grammes;

(b) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

(c) a variation from the said standard composition of five parts per thousand fine silver.

(3) The variation from the standard weight will be measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogram of the coin.

(4) The said silver coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

CUPRO-NICKEL COIN

4. (1) A new coin of cupro-nickel of the denomination of fifty pence shall be made, being a coin of a standard weight of 8 grammes, a standard diameter of 27.3 millimetres, a standard composition of seventy-five per centum copper and twenty-five per centum nickel, and being in the shape of an equilateral curve heptagon.

(2) In the making of the said cupro-nickel coin a remedy (that is, a variation from the standard weight, diameter or composition specified above) shall be allowed of an amount not exceeding the following, that is to say:

(a) a variation from the said standard weight of an amount per coin of 0.045 grammes;

(b) a variation from the said standard diameter of 0.125 millimetres per coin; and

(c) a variation from the said standard composition of two per centum copper and two per centum nickel.

(3) The said cupro-nickel coin may contain impurities of three-quarters of one per centum.

(4) The variation from the standard weight will be measured as the average of a sample of not more than one kilogram of the coin.

(5) The said cupro-nickel coin shall be legal tender for the payment of any amount in any part of Our United Kingdom.

DESIGN OF THE COINS

5. The design of the said coins shall be as follows:

‘For the obverse impression Our effigy with the inscription “ELIZABETH · II D · G · REG · F · D FIFTY PENCE · 2013”, and for the reverse a design with the inscription “BENJAMIN BRITTEN” framed on a double stave and the two halves of the name separated by “COMPOSER · BORN 1913”. The inscription “ ·BLOW BUGLE BLOW ·” frames the top of the coin with “· SET THE WILD ECHOES FLYING ·” at the base. The coins shall have a plain edge’.

6. This Proclamation shall come into force on the thirteenth day of December Two thousand and twelve.

Given at Our Court at Buckingham Palace, this twelfth day of December in the year of our Lord Two thousand and twelve and in the sixty-first year of Our Reign.

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Re: 2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2012, 04:31:06 PM »
According to a post by the Royal Mint on another forum, "There is one missing, the Benjamin Britten 50p which we are holding until the end of 2013 nearer the date of Britten's birth."

So this sounds like the coin will not be included in the annual Proof or Uncirculated coin sets.

Ken

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2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2012, 04:36:05 PM »
So this sounds like the coin will not be included in the annual Proof or Uncirculated coin sets.

Correct. :) See scan Andy posted elsewhere, it doesn't mention the Benjamin Britten coin.



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Re: 2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2012, 04:45:59 PM »
I was aware of that. For that amount of money, I would expect a complete set of coins.

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Re: 2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2012, 05:04:41 PM »
For a brief moment, I thought it said "Benjamin Button"  :D


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Re: 2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2012, 09:06:04 AM »
Perhaps they'll make it a 2014 coin, as they can then release it at the end of 2013. Would be a little weird, but I doubt they will do that if the anniversary is 2013, but there are coins, like the Olympic change over £2 coins that have appeared randomly.

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2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence
« Reply #12 on: September 01, 2013, 09:05:48 AM »
Benjamin Britten joins the Queen as only person with full name of 50p piece

It is an honour which has previously only been restricted to the monarch.

By Jasper Copping
7:18AM BST 01 Sep 2013

But Benjamin Britten, composer, has become the first person other than the Queen to have his full name on a 50p piece.

The newly minted coin is to go into circulation later this year to mark the centenary of the composer’s birth.

It has been designed by Tom Phillips, himself a composer and artist, and displays Britten’s name framed in a double stave, in reference to his expertise as a pianist.

It also features the words “Blow bugle blow” and “Set the wild echoes flying”, from verse by Alfred Tennyson which was one of a number of poems set to music in one of Britten’s best known works, Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.

Britten is the first composer to be featured on a British coin and the first individual, apart from the monarch, to have his name on the 50p piece. Other commemorative 50p coins have been issued before, but these have predominantly honoured events such as the 50th anniversary of the D Day Landings, or of the National Health Service.

The achievements of individuals have been marked on two previous occasions, on the 50th anniversary of Roger Bannister’s four minute mile, and the 250th anniversary of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary, but on neither occasion was their full name included.

There is a mixed history when it comes to composers and currency. None have yet been marked on a coin, but when Edward Elgar was removed from the £20 note in 2010, the decision was attacked as a “national disgrace”.

The release of the coin is one of more than 1,000 events around the world being held to mark Britten’s centenary, which have included hundreds of special performances.

The Lowestoft-born composer, who died in 1976, is particularly well known in Russia, where the anniversary has been marked, but there are also events in Chile, Brazil and China.

Richard Jarman, director of the Britten-Pears Foundation, said: “Benjamin Britten wanted his music to be 'useful’ and to be played and heard by as many people as possible. He would therefore be thrilled that this new 50p coin will put him into everyone’s hands and pockets. We are enormously proud that Britten is being honoured in this way by the Royal Mint and the nation.”

Phillips, who once sang who once sang in Britten’s Spring Symphony, with the composer himself conducting, said: “What I wanted the coin to speak of was music. Thus the stave soon entered the design … and his name married well with the stave. The natural accompaniment with Britten’s passion for poetry as our preeminent composer of opera and song, was some kind of key quotation. What better clarion call for a musical anniversary could there be than “Blow, bugle, blow: set the wild echoes flying?”

The coin will be available in commemorative versions from later this month, before entering general circulation later in the year.

There are estimated to be 28.9 billion UK coins in circulation, with a total face value of £3.9 billion, all manufactured by the Royal Mint.

Source: The Telegraph
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Re: 2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence
« Reply #13 on: September 01, 2013, 10:02:44 AM »
That coin is AWFUL!!! I get that it has bars for music and stuff, but it's boring. It's designed by a composer, well....  ::)

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Re: 2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence
« Reply #14 on: September 01, 2013, 10:59:55 AM »
It is a bit early to judge a design you haven't seen completely yet. All I can tell from the visible part of the design is an attempt to deal with a concept (music) that is more important than the man, but with the man making an important contribution to it. It is progress to have the UK mint finally leave Renaissance design patterns behind it. I have no sympathy for those who reacted in The Telegraph with a backward vision.

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