First 50p coins struck to commemorate Battle of Hastings anniversary

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The first 50p coin to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings has been struck at the Royal Mint.

Hastings mayor Cllr Judy Rogers and mayor of Battle Cllr David Furness travelled to Llantrisant in the Welsh valleys on Monday (October 10) to see the special coins being made.

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Cllr Rogers, who struck her own commemorative coin, said: “It was a fantastic day out, and I was honoured and privileged to be able to strike my own Battle of Hastings commemorative 50p.

“It was fascinating to see other coins being struck too, including the new 12-sided £1 coin which goes into circulation next year, and the Royal Mint museum. This included coins going back over 1000 years, including coins that were used in the time of both Harold and William.

“The special commemorative 50p coins can be bought from the tourist information centre at Breeds Place, Hastings, and they will also be on sale at the 1066 Country stand at the Battle re-enactment over the weekend.”

The coin shows King Harold with an arrow through his eye, as depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry.

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