Diversity Built Britain 50p: How Much Is It Worth and Is It Rare?

The Diversity 50p, better known as the Diversity Built Britain 50p, celebrates the culture of Britain with a stunning design; but how much is it worth?

Expect to pay about £1.16 if you want to get your hands on one of these historically significant coins, according to the latest values on eBay.

Is the Diversity Built Britain 50p Coin Rare?

The coin was the first in a planned series of coins to pay tribute to the contribution people from Black, Asian, and minority ethnic BAME communities have made to the country.

It has a mintage of approximately 10,300,000 making it not among the rarest coins by any means on mintage figures alone, and similar to other 50p coins such as the 2016 Peter Rabbit or Jeremy Fisher coins. However, history buffs or those who are interested in diversity will definitely want this coin.

The coin was also minted in:

  • Brilliant Uncirculated in a presentation folder with an unknown issue but offered by the Royal Mint for £10.
  • Also, a Silver Proof FDC was issued with a limit of 25,010 in 0.925 Sterling Silver.
  • It was sold in a black presentation box with an initial issue price of £57.50. There was also a Silver Proof Piedfort variety with a limit of 2,510 issued in double thickness and weight.
  • They were sold in a black presentation box from the Royal Mint with a limit of 2,500 and an issue price of £100.
  • Also, a Gold Proof FDC variety was issued with a limit of 960 in 0.917 Gold, 27.3mm diameter, and 15.50 grams of 22-carat red gold. They were sold in a mahogany presentation box by the Royal Mint with an edition limit of 950 and a maximum coin mintage of 960 sold at an issue price of £1,125.00.
  • There was also a Gold Proof Piedfort issued with a mintage limit of 210 in 0.917 Gold. It is similar to the gold proof but is double the thickness and weight. It was sold in a mahogany presentation box by the Royal Mint with an edition limit of 200 and a maximum coin mintage of 210. The issue price was £2,225.00.

Design and Meaning Behind the Diversity Built Britain 50p

Britain’s history is rich in diversity. The contribution made by ethnic minorities and their communities has been a large and important part of Britain’s story but has often gone unmentioned or unrecognized.

For more than a thousand years, the nation’s story has been told and reflected on coins struck and released by the Royal Mint, and this coin formally named Celebrating British Diversity was created to do just that, celebrate all the people who have made Britain what it is.

The coin was released during Black History Month and is the result of years of work from the Banknotes of Colour campaign which was led by Zehra Zaidi and Dr Patrick Vernon.

Reverse design of the Diversity Built Britain 50p coin.
Diversity Built Britain 50p

The reverse side of the coin was designed by Dominique Evans. It features the words DIVERSITY BUILT BRITAIN in all capital letters with the three words centred and stacked on top of each other presented on a structure of interconnected triangles. The lines link together to form a network. Each part is just as important as the others to unite and make up the entire design.

The initials DME are seen in the lower right corner of the coin. They stand for the designer, Dominique Evans. Dominique began thinking about the people who inspired him and what diversity meant in his own personal life to come up with a coin design.

He strongly believes that no matter where a person is born, we all belong under the same sky. This is what prompted his design with a geometric dome in the background with its interconnecting lines. Each section is equal and forms a triangular shape to represent strength.

The coin was designed to celebrate the diversity that built Britain and is part of the special commemorative coins. This one was put into circulation and marked 2020, alongside the infamous Brexit coin bearing the inscription ‘Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations’. It consists of a Cupronickel alloy with an 8.00g weight, a diameter of 27.3mm, and it is 1.78mm thick.

The Obverse design is that of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Jody Clark. At the age of 33, Jody Clark was the youngest person to design the monarch’s profile on this currency. Jody Clark was also the first Royal Mint employee to design a UK definitive coin portrait in more than 100 years. He had only been working at The Royal Mint for about two years prior. The new design would be the first time her portrait had been changed in 17 years.

Jody Clark’s design was unveiled in 2015 as the fifth definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty and the fourth portrait of The Queen in circulation. This designer introduced elements of personality giving the Queen a hint of a smile. Jody Clark wanted to create a more positive look on the Queen. He had examined several sculptures of The Queen before deciding on the warm expression.

In this version, her mature head is crowned and facing right with her coronation crown. Surrounding her head are the words 50 PENCE * 2020 * ELIZABETH II * D * G * REG * F * D *, which translated means Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith. The designer’s initials, JC, are seen just below the Queen’s neckline.

The edge is plain with no inscription.

Where Can You Buy The Coin?

One of the fastest and easiest ways to shop for coins is online. The average selling price on eBay is £1.16 for a circulated Diversity Built Britain 50p, and there is no shortage of listings currently due to how recent the coin is.

Be careful about listings with ridiculous prices. Even though it appears some coins have sold for nearly £3,000, this money will never have changed hands; a common tactic used on eBay to artificially increase the price of coins for sellers.