2007 Centenary of Scouting Silver Proof 50p
Worldwide edition limit of only 12,500
The world's largest youth movement had its beginnings in the summer of 1907 when Lieutenant General Sir Robert Baden-Powell organised a camp for boys on Brownsea Island in Poole Harbour, Dorset.
The Boys Brigade already existed, but it laid emphasis on military drill whereas Baden-Powell recognised a need for boys to develop skills of comradeship and self-reliance. The success of the Brownsea Island experiment encouraged boys themselves to form scout troops that sprang up all over Britain in 1908 and rapidly spread throughout the world.
To celebrate the centenary of the first camp, which also coincides with the 150th anniversary of the birth of Baden-Powell, the Royal Mint issued a silver 50p coin with a reverse depicting the Scout emblem, a fleur-de-lys whose petals symbolise the three tenets of the Scout law. The Scout motto 'Be Prepared' appears on the foot of the coin.
- Denomination: 50p
- Metal: 925/1000 Sterling silver
- Weight: 8g
- Diameter: 27.3mm
- Obverse: Queen Elizabeth II
- Reverse: Scout emblem design by Kerry Jones
- Quality: Proof
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