These FIFTY-FOUR 50p coins are worth a lot more than 50p
There are FIFTY-FOUR different 50p coins in circulation
- 15:11, sixteen AUG 2017
- Updated 13:27, twenty one AUG 2017
There are FIFTY-FOUR different 50p coins in circulation and some are worth more than 50p, a lot more.
The rarest 50p of all – the Kew Gardens design – is worth up to £185 on auction websites (in mint condition).
However, it’s not the only one collectors are willing to pay a lot more than just simply face value for, reports the Daily Mirror.
Right now there are seven 50p editions in circulation that are classed as ‘scarce’ and forty seven more that are classed as potentially valuable.
Their website has created a scarcity index which tracks fifty four circulating 50p coins based on their worth. Check it out if you’ve a jar total of silvers stashed away somewhere.
Which 50p coins are valuable?
This is the coinchecker guide – do you own any of these?
Here is some advice from pro Philip Mussell, the director of Coin News, on what coins belong in the piggy bank and what belongs on eBay.
“There are a few different ways this happens”, explains Philip Mussell.
“One is when a mistake is made by the Royal Mint, like a 20p without a date, for example, or a one thousand nine hundred eighty three 2p coin accidentally printed with the old wording ‘Fresh Pence’. Mistakes are eminently collectable.
“Other collectibles are redesigns or limited edition releases. For example, an Olympic 50p with a swimmer was recently re-released.
“The very first minting had a swimmer with swings obscuring her face but the designer didn’t want that, so they unobscured her face and made it clear of wavy lines. That’s now fairly collectable,” Mussell added.
The Kew Gardens 50p
The Kew Gardens 50p tops CoinChecker’s scarcity index list.
It’s stamped with the Kew Gardens Pagoda and with just 210,000 minted compared to a standard minting of around five million, it’s classed as very infrequent.
That means they can sell for anything above £30 if you can find a collector. On eBay, they are selling for as much as £185
Football Olympic 50p
There are twenty nine Olympic coins, but the football edition is classed as the rarest (albeit still over one million were struck).
Designed by journalist Neil Wolfson, the coin was created to encapsulate football in a elementary photo. As the offside rule is a perennial talking point, the pic is designed to provoke discussion, which was what Wolfson was aiming for.
“The Olympic Sports 50p series was a revelation in coin collecting – for many it represents the begin of their interest in UK circulation coins and thousands rose to the challenge of finding them all from their switch,” explained ChangeChecker.
Jemima Puddle Duck 50p and Squirrel Nutkin 50p
In March last year, a batch of Peter Rabbit coins entered circulation in the Lake District and a few other British locations related to the works of Beatrix Potter.
Shortly after, they commenced appearing on online marketplace eBay for far more than 50p shortly afterwards.
There are three different sets of five Beatrix Potter 50p coins – Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin and a special 150th anniversary coin.
The two thousand sixteen Beatrix Potter 50p coins rank very in the scarcity list, with Jemima Puddle-Duck and Squirrel Nutkin coming in at numbers six and seven – based largely on the fact that not many people own them and they are in very high request.
If you’ve not been fortunate enough to get one this time around, the Royal Mint has just released a fresh batch of Beatrix Potter coins – with some in COLOUR – but they’ll cost you £60.
This commemorative coin is selling for more than £Ten, even if it has been in circulation a while and is no longer in mint condition
Be careful when buying as some of these standard coins are being advertised at massively inflated prices. However, a few of the rarer editions are selling for hundreds of pounds – so look cautiously when comparing.
The Euro 50p
This one thousand nine hundred ninety two 50p chunk featuring twelve starlets and indicating the EC Single Market has been known to sell for around £50-£55 online.
These are the old-fashioned chunky fifty pences so you are unlikely to turn one up in your switch, but it could be worth checking any long-term penny jars for.