The 1918 Representation of the People Act 50p

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What was the Representation of the People Act?

The  Representation of the People Act was a reform of the electoral system and made it so more people were able to vote. The Act was introduced due to the impact of World War One, as it was clear that reform needed to take place as many soldiers who had been involved in the war were not able to vote upon return to England. Furthermore, mounting pressure from women’s rights protesters created an environment for change to be implemented.  The Bill was originally passed by majority vote in the House of Commons in June 1917. Following this, Royal Assent was given in February the following year. The main impacts of the act were that women aged over 30 who owned properties, or were married to people who did, could vote and that all men over the age of 21 could also vote. The act added 9.2 million female voters alongside 4.5 million males and was a key turning point in British politics.

Another impact of the act was that woman were allowed to sit in the House of Commons for the first time in history. In December of 1918, Nancy Astor was elected as MP for Plymouth Sutton and in doing so became the first woman to sit in the House of Commons.

It was not until 1928 that women were given electoral equality, but the 1918 Representation of the People Act was seen as a large step towards equality.

What is the Representation of the People Act 50p?

the 1918 Representation of the People 50p Coin

In 2018, the 100th year anniversary of the Representation of the People Act was celebrated by the Royal Mint with the release of a special edition 50p coin. The design of the coin, created by Stephen Taylor, was inspired by posters from the year the act was passed and depicts various figures queueing to vote as shown above.  The Representation of the People Act 50p has a mintage of 9,000,000, which means it is not a particularly rare edition. For example, the Kew Gardens 50p has a mintage of just 210,000 and is the rarest 50p currently in circulation.  If you want to find out more about the rarest 50p coins in circulation, check out our top 5 list for more information.

With a mintage of 9,000,000, the Representation of the People Act 50p is most similar to other 50p coins such as the Roger Bannister 50p with a mintage of 9,032,500 or the Mrs Tiggy-Winkle 50p with a mintage of 8,800,800. The coin does have the benefit of being minted in 2018, meaning that it is quite a recent edition into circulation and therefore many of the coins will have not been collected yet. This means there is a decent chance of coming across one of these coins in your change, it is always worth it to take a look.

How much is the Representation of the People Act 50p worth?

So, we’ve established that the Representation of the People Act 50p is not particularly rare, but how does this affect its value?

After doing some research on eBay, we’ve found these coins sell for an average of £1.90 including packaging. In more cases than not, the coin value without packaging is found to be above 50p, which means the coin does, in fact, sell for above face value on the secondary market.

Please take your due diligence if you choose to purchase this coin through eBay. The figures show that the coin is not particularly rare, it is there in black and white for all to see. There are many vendors who offer the coin at face value, and then make their profit in postage and packaging so please do be aware of that.

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