50th Anniversary of the first four-minute mile by Roger Bannister

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Specifications

Issued 2004
Diameter 27.30mm
Weight 8g
Composition 75% copper, 25% nickel (referred to as cupro-nickel)
Obverse Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse James Butler
Edge Plain
Inscription The value 50 PENCE
Mintage 9,032,500
 

Design details:

On 6 May 1954, 25-year old medical student Roger Bannister broke the 4 minute mile barrier, celebrated by this 50p coin. His time of 3mins 59.4 seconds was achieved at the Iffley Road track in Oxford and watched by around 3000 spectators. This 50p is unusual in the sense that it is very rare for the achievement of a living person to be celebrated on a coin.

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