1918 REPRESENTATION OF THE PEOPLE ACT
The passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918 through Parliament was hailed as a milestone for freedom and democracy. Previously, the right to vote had been based on gender and traditional rules of land and property ownership. This allowed only a small proportion of men a policital voice and excluded women completely, meaning that before 1918 only 29% of the adult proportion had the right to vote.
An Act to Unite - the passing of the Representation of the People Act 1918 through Parliament is considered one of the greatest milestones for democracy in the United Kingdom. The Royal Mint has struck this commemorative 50p coin to mark the 100th anniversary of this momentous piece of legislation.
The reverse of the coin was designed by Stephen Taylor and features a line of people queuing, waiting to cast their votes. A woman, a soldier, a working-class man and a suffragette represent different societal classes finally awarded a voice in the political arena after years of painful struggle.
The obverse features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II as designed by Jody Clark.
Struck in Proof silver and twice as thick as a regular 50p, this coin features Taylor's initials and is strictly limited to 1,918 pieces. The mintage reflects the historic year itself.
The coin is encapsulated, presented in the original Royal Mint packaging, accompanied with a certificate of authenticity.