New 50p Coin to Mark Women Gaining the Right to Vote

Several limited edition coins are to be released by the Royal Mint this year to commemorate important dates and events in the UK’s history, including one celebrating 100 years since women won the right to vote.

Speaking ahead of the coins’ release, Dr Kevin Clancy, director of the Royal Mint Museum, said 2018 is “an important year for the Royal Mint. This year marks 100 years since women won the right to vote in the UK – it came just after WWI and extended the right for women over the age of 30 to vote.”

The coin will have the words “1918 Representation of the People Act” engraved on the front, as well as an image of a woman holding a ballot card.

The Act was granted royal assent in February 1918 and the first elections were held later in December.

So check your change and see if you’ll be lucky enough to get one of the new coins!

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