In 1998 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the National Health Service NHS, the Royal Mint released a Limited Issue Brilliant Uncirculated NHS 50p Fifty Pence Coin Pack.
On 5 July 1948, the dream of a National Health Service finally became a reality.
It was a momentous achievement, spearheaded by philanthropists and social reformers alike.
Aneurin Bevan, then Minister of Health, successfully steered the NHS Bill through Parliament. By the nationalisation of all voluntary and municipal hospitals, the bill laid the foundation for a health service that was to provide comprehensive medical treatment for all according to need rather than the ability to pay.
For the first time, all hospitals, family practitioners, pharmacists, opticians, dentists and community-based services were brought together under one organisation.
Fifty years on the NHS continues to develop and today employs over a million people, boasting the largest workforce of any organisation in Europe.
The special reverse design, by David Cornell, reflects the hopes and aspiration of the NHS at its inception, symbolising as it does the dawn of a new and caring age.
The obverse bears the new effigy of Her Majesty the Queen by Ian Rank Broadley FRBS, FSNAD.
- Limited Mintage Worldwide
- Struck to Royal Mint’s Brilliant Uncirculated Quality – A Finer Finish Than Circulating Coins
- Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the NHS
- Royal Mint Presentation Pack