2 September 2013
The new Benjamin Britten 50p piece
The first time that a composer has been featured on a British coin, the Benjamin Britten 50p is scheduled for release into general circulation later this year, and is available from 27 September in commemorative gold proof, silver proof and brilliant uncirculated versions in readiness for Britten’s centenary celebrations on 22 November 2013.
It’s another sign that Britten’s time has truly come during his centenary year. The coin falls into people’s pockets just weeks after Peter Grimes on Aldeburgh Beach hits cinema screens around the country, both ensuring that recognition of his legacy reaches a much wider public than ever before.
Jonathan Reekie, CEO Aldeburgh Music
'Benjamin Britten wanted his music to be 'useful’ and to be played and heard by as many people as possible. He would therefore be thrilled that this new 50p coin will put him into everyone’s hands and pockets. We are enormously proud that Britten is being honoured in this way by the Royal Mint and the nation.'
Richard Jarman, director of the Britten–Pears Foundation