Celebrating 100 Years of Girlguiding UK
Over the last century, the Girl Guides has become part of the national life of Britain. Today, the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts enjoys a membership of millions throughout the world helping girls to get the best possible start in life.
In 2010 the Girl Guide movement reached its centenary milestone, a remarkable achievement and celebrated with a commemorative 50p coin struck by the Royal Mint.
A few determined girls turned up at the first boy Scout Rally in 1909 asking for 'something for the girls'. Just months later the Girl guides were formed. 100 years on, and Girlguiding UK is stronger than ever, with over 550,000 members, and there are more than 10 million Guides around the world. Guiding has always given girls opportunities they might not have elsewhere.
The coin features a repeating pattern of the Girlguiding UK identity. The three leaves of the trefoil represent the threefold Promise of the Guides - duty to God or religion, duty to country, keeping the Guide Law - while the stalk signifies the love of mankind and the star, friendship.
While the obverse has the striking portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank Broadley.
Diameter – 27.30mm
Weight – 8g
Thickness – 1.78mm
Composition – Cupro-Nickel (75% copper and 25% nickel)
SEALED IN ORIGINAL ROYAL MINT PACKAGING