UK to issue special 50p coin mark Brexit next year

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A commemorative 50p coin will be issued to mark the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU) next year.

The Budget documents confirmed the coin would be made available in spring 2019.

According to The Sun, the coin will feature the Queen’s head and the date 29 March 2019 and on the reverse the phrase “Friendship with all nations”.

A 50p coin was struck when the UK joined the European Economic Community in 1973 and when the UK held the presidency of the EU in 1998.

It is not yet known exactly what the new Brexit coins will look like.

Last year, the Royal Mint issued more than 66 million new 50p pieces in five different designs featuring the Beatrix Potter characters Peter Rabbit, Tom Kitten, Jeremy Fisher and Benjamin Bunny, as well as the physicist Isaac Newton.

Earlier this year, it minted two special 50p coins to mark the 60th anniversary of Michael Bond’s first Paddington Bear book.