Marking the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Benjamin Britten



Issued 2013
Diameter 27.30mm
Weight 8g
Composition 75% copper, 25% nickel (referred to as cupro-nickel)
Obverse Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Tom Phillips
Edge Plain
Inscription BLOW BUGLE BLOW and SET THE WILD ECHOES FLYING as well as the composerís name in a stave.
Mintage 5,300,000. Not struck in base metal proof, not in Annual set.
B.U pack
Product code
Sold 5,098

Design details: The first 50p with date and denomination on obverse.

In his busy life, Britten compiled an impressive and diverse body of work ranging across many genres and moods. He was also an outstanding pianist and conductor. Since his death in 1976, Britten's reputation as one of the greatest musicians of the age has continued to grow. This 50p design has been issued to commemorate the centenary of his birth in 1913, and features celebratory words from Tennyson set against a double stave - referencing the piano on which Britten was a virtuoso. 2017