Obverse. Photo © Royal Mint
  • 50 Pence 2020, Sp# H90, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, British Diversity
  • 50 Pence 2020, Sp# H90, United Kingdom (Great Britain), Elizabeth II, British Diversity

A piedfort is an unusually thick coin, often exactly twice the normal weight and thickness of other coins of the same diameter and pattern. Piedforts are not normally circulated, and are only struck for presentation purposes by mint officials (such as patterns), or for collectors, dignitaries, and other VIPs.

Britain’s history is rich and diverse. For more than 1,100 years, the nation’s story has been told through coins struck by The Royal Mint, a narrative carried in the pockets and purses of all its people. The contribution of ethnic minority communities has been such an important part of that story but has often gone unrecognised.

This coin has been created to celebrate all the people who have made Britain what it is today. It’s the first in a planned series of coins paying tribute to the contribution people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) communities have made to the country.


The fifth crowned portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the George IV State Diadem and drop earrings.

The George IV State Diadem, officially the Diamond Diadem, is a type of crown that was made in 1820 for King George IV. The diadem is worn by queens and queens consort in procession to coronations and State Openings of Parliament. The piece of jewellery has been featured in paintings and on stamps and currency. It can be seen in the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace.

ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FIDEI DEFENSATRIX means Elizabeth II, by the grace of God, Queen and Defender of the Faith.

Engraver: Jody Clark



Depicts the words ‘DIVERSITY BUILT BRITAIN’ on a geodome with a series of interconnecting lines and triangles that form a network. Each part is equal, and symbolises a community of connection and strength. Engravers initials below.

Engraver: Dominique Evans



50 Pence

5th portrait, Silver Proof Piedfort Coin
Sp# H90
Type Commemorative Issue (Non-circulating)
Material Silver
Fineness 0.925
Weight 16 g
Diameter 27.3 mm
Thickness -
Shape polygon
Sides 7
Alignment Medal
Royal Mint

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