There has been a discussion about removing Brittania from the 50p, but there have been loads of different designs on the 50p over the years. There are at least 11 listed on the Royal Mint site, mostly commemorative designs.
with the designer - he's young and talented, and is obviously delighted with his £35,000 cheque and the fact that his work will appear on coins.
I think the new coins look just awful, however, and I can't imagine what possessed the Royal Mint advisory committee to go with them. It seems to me to be another example of wanting to appear to be trendy, just for the sake of it. If you don't care about such things you'll be blissfully unconcerned, but I care, because I think quality and style in such things is important, and reflects the way a society sees itself. Britannia has been on our coins since 1672, and I see no reason for arbitrarily dismissing her, just because a few bland, beige-wearing people felt she had more than a whiff of imperialism about her.
One thing it instantly does away with is the arguments we have every time a new note is issued. Whichever historical person is chosen for the note, loads of people will complain that their favourite person wasn't chosen...
I hope they keep the commemorative 50p coins, they are usually very interesting