When the U.K. debuted the commemorative 50-pence piece — engraved with the words "peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations" — it was likely meant as a gesture of solidarity. But those who voted against Brexit, which is set to happen at 11 pm Friday, panned the move, with many pledging to never use the coin. More than 3 million will enter circulation Friday, with another 7 million distributed later.
Is there more to the story? About 1 million coins were minted and stamped with the previous Brexit date of Oct. 31, but had to be melted down when the withdrawal was delayed.
Read this OZY op-ed about Germany's post-Brexit role in Europe.