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Phillip Hammond Launches 'Brexit' 50p Coin In New UK Budget

Phillip Hammond Launches 'Brexit' 50p Coin In New UK Budget

A special 50p coin will be issued to commemorate the UK's departure from the European Union next year, the BBC reports.

It is expected that Chancellor Philip Hammond will announce the coin in Monday's Budget speech.

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According to the Sun, one side of the 50p piece will feature the Queen's head and the date that Britain will leave the EU (29 March 2019), while the other will bear the phrase 'Friendship with all nations'. However, this has not been confirmed.

Many people on social media have commented to say that the rumoured design leaves a lot to be desired - with some pointing out its sharp edges and basic font.


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One Twitter user said: "Why does the Brexit 50p look like a weapon? Friendship with all nations, here's a small sharp piece of metal."

Another added: "For the Brexit 50p I would have gone for something like Courier New for the font or maybe a Comic Sans. Those sharp looking points could have you arrested for carrying an offensive weapon."

Others, meanwhile, have been joking about how much it will really be worth by the time Brexit rolls around.

Some have even tried having a stab at a different design.

One person wrote: "The Brexit 50p looks like complete f***ing dogs*** lmao. It's not even that it's brexit-related, it just looks bad."

Another tweeted: "As someone interested in coins (yes I know, please shut up), the new Brexit 50p is the absolute worst! This is a massive moment in our history and you go for the most dull design on any coin to date. Well done Treasury."

Last year more than 66 million new 50p coins were issued, featuring five different designs - much-loved Beatrix Potter characters Peter Rabbit, Tom Kitten, Jeremy Fisher and Benjamin Bunny, as well as physicist Isaac Newton.

This year the Royal Mint also made two commemorative 50p pieces to mark the 60th anniversary of the first Paddington Bear book by Michael Bond.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: News, brexit, UK

Jess Hardiman

Jess is a journalist at LADbible who graduated from Manchester University with a degree in Film Studies, English Language and Linguistics - indecisiveness at its finest, right there. She also works for FOODbible and its sister page Seitanists, which are both a safe haven for her to channel a love for homemade pasta, fennel and everything else in between. You can contact Jess at [email protected]

 

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