The 2007 Scouting Centenary Gold Proof 50p is a beautifully 22 carat gold proof coin to celebrate the Scout Movement.
The fifty pence coin celebrates 100 years of adventure and lesions in self reliance for many thousands of boys and girls since the early 1900s. Scouting originally began in 1907 when Robert Baden-Powell, a Lieutenant General in the British Army, held the first Scouting encampment at Brownsea Island in England. Baden-Powell wrote the principles of Scouting in Scouting for Boys (London, 1908), based upon his earlier military books and experience some influence and support of Seton of the Woodcraft Indians, Smith of the Boys' Brigade, and his publisher Pearson. During the first half of the 20th century, the movement grew to encompass three major age groups each for boys (Cub Scout, Boy Scout, Rover Scout) and for girls (Brownie Guide, Girl Guide and Girl Scout, Ranger Guide). The movement employs the Scout method, a program of informal education with an emphasis on practical outdoor activities, including camping, woodcraft, aquatics, hiking, backpacking, and sports. Another widely recognized movement characteristic is the Scout uniform, by intent hiding all differences of social standing in a country and making for equality, with neckerchief and campaign hat or comparable head wear. Distinctive uniform insignia include the fleur-de-lis and the trefoil, as well as merit badges and other patches. For further information on the Scouts visit http://www.scouts.org.uk
The 2007 Scouting Centenary Gold Proof 50p design appropriately features a globe, emphasizing the growth of the Scouting Movement, along with the Scouts’ familiar fleur-de-lys and their famous motto ‘Be Prepared’. The coin is presented in a luxurious red case and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity is included. The reverse design is by Kerry Jones and an obverse of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley, FRBS. The coin is beautifully struck in gleaming 22 carat gold to Proof quality Specifications:
Alloy: 22 Carat Gold
Weight: 15.5 g
Diameter: 27.3 mm
There is a limited issue of just 1,250 of the 2007 Scouting Centenary Gold Proof 50p coins so these will go quickly and it is a good idea to grab one while one can.