The specter of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union (EU) brought forth commentary in the irreverent, dry wit that is typical of the English. (Watch but a single episode of “Monty Python’s Flying Circus” or “Fawlty Towers” on YouTube to see what I mean!)
In 1973 the Royal Mint issued the 50 pence piece shown below, to celebrate Britain’s joining the EU. It featured a ring of clasped hands that represented the nine original member states’ cooperation.
One topic that surfaced during wrangling over Brexit was, how ought it be observed, once it became reality? Soon the idea of minting a new 50p coin came up for discussion. Here are but two examples of humorous designs that emerged on the topic:
After Parliament at last voted to leave the European Union (still with a lot of things unsettled, though) genuine energy was put into designing the new 50 pence piece. You can see the result at the top of this post. It reads, “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations 31 January 2020.” Not a bad sentiment but one felt by many people to be rather insipid.
Of course, fake coin designers weren’t the only people to apply themselves to making light of Brexit; mock postage stamp creators weighed in, too!