Celebrating 200 Years of Bravery at Sea: The New UK 2024 RNLI 50p Coin

The 2024 UK RNLI 50p has just been released, and it’s set to be a standout issue this year.  

Given the RNLI’s revered status and the coin’s unique design, it’s going to be highly sought after by collectors. 

We already know this coin is going to be incredibly popular. How? Just look at the engagement it received when we revealed it as part of the Annual Set this year. 

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Click here to secure your 2024 UK RNLI 50p

So why has this UK 50p coin been released? 

The United Kingdom celebrates a significant milestone in maritime history with the release of a special commemorative coin. The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI), renowned for its heroic lifesaving efforts, marks its 200th anniversary with a dedicated 50p coin. This release is a tribute to the bravery and dedication of RNLI volunteers over two centuries. 

The 50p design

Click on the flashing points in the interactive image below to discover more about the designs and specifications.

See the full UK 2024 RNLI 50p Range

The coin’s reverse, designed by John Bergdahl, features a striking depiction of the RNLI flag, gracefully encircled by a lifebuoy. The inscription “200 YEARS” and the dates “1824 – 2024” honour the bicentennial of the RNLI. 

The obverse showcases the 1st portrait of King Charles III by Martin Jennings, surrounded by the inscription “CHARLES III • D • G • REX F • D • 50 PENCE • 2024 •”.  

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Did you know that the RNLI operates 238 lifeboat stations and more than 240 lifeguard units across the UK and Ireland? This incredible network ensures that help is never too far away for those in need at sea.
Image: Arpingstone, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

History of the RNLI 

Since its inception in 1824, the RNLI has played a pivotal role in maritime rescue operations around the coasts of the UK and Ireland. Founded by Sir William Hillary, the RNLI was established out of a necessity to provide a dedicated lifesaving service, which was notably absent despite the high frequency of shipwrecks around the British Isles. The RNLI’s foundation marked the beginning of a noble mission to save lives at sea, a mission that has continued unwaveringly for nearly two centuries. As a charity funded primarily through donations, it has been instrumental in saving over 140,000 lives, thanks to the valour of its volunteers. 

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Left: St. Anne’s Lifeboat Crew 1894
Right: Launching a lifeboat from the out-of-copyright book ‘English Illustrated Magazine’ published in 1886.

Given the popularity of the RNLI combined with the popularity of the UK 50p coins, it is certain our stocks will not last long. 

Writer’s Choice

The RNLI 50p range includes a variety of different specifications, including the Brilliant Uncirculated 50p, the Silver Proof Colour 50p, and the Gold Proof 50p.

But there is one that stands out of them all and has been selected as the ‘Writer’s Choice’… The RNLI Silver Proof Piedfort 50p.

And the reason is: the edition limit.

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The UK 2024 RNLI Silver Proof Piedfort 50p – double the thickness, double the weight of a standard 50p – has an edition limit of JUST 1,824. It is over two times more limited than its standard silver counterpart.

50p coins are already the favourites amongst collectors. Now add Silver Proof, Piedfort, colour AND a remarkably low edition limit to it and it becomes a must-have.

Click here now to secure your RNLI Silver Proof Piedfort 50p, and to explore the full UK 2024 RNLI 50p range, with prices starting from as low as £5.99 (+p&p). 

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6 Comments

  1. Doug Clasby on February 9, 2024 at 10:04 pm

    Great looking coin to celebrate the RNLI. Fantastic organisation such brave people

  2. ANGIE CHRISTIAN on February 8, 2024 at 10:52 pm

    THIS IS SO MUCH A WORTHWHILE CAUSE FOR THE SAVIOURS OF THE SEA

  3. Lynne Spurgeon on February 7, 2024 at 6:50 pm

    Very brave people who put their lives on the line every time.
    Fantastic people.

  4. Les kent on February 7, 2024 at 12:55 pm

    I collect RNLI badges and coins especially the 50p coins now, I have 2017 different date run 50ps .
    But apart from that I am very happy to see the RNLI on the coin because I love the idea of worthwhile people and subjects being noted just need to get Grace darling on to a50p

  5. Robert woods on February 5, 2024 at 5:02 pm

    And it’s a very lovely coin

  6. Robert woods on February 5, 2024 at 5:02 pm

    Lovely coin and a well deserved to the NRLI people they do a good job

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