Rarest 50p coins in circulation revealed – do you have one worth £160?

THE Royal Mint has confirmed exactly how many of last year’s limited edition 50p coins were released into circulation – and one of them makes it into the top 10 rarest designs.

The coin dedicated to Sir Isaac Newton is now the second rarest 50p piece, according to Which?, and it’s worth up to £77.

These are some of the rarest 50p coins – but it doesn’t mean that they’re worth a fortune

A handful of new collectable 50p coins have already been released into circulation in 2018 , like Paddington Bear, but it can take up to a year for the Royal Mint to confirm how many of each design there are.

In general, the rarer the coin the more valuable it is, so knowing exactly how many of each design was released into circulation could mean that it’s worth more to a collector.

We’ve had a look around online to see how much each of the rarest designs are selling for – but be aware because the rarest coins won’t always make you richer.

Now might be a good time to check the change in your purse because you might be the owner of one of the rarest 50p coins without even knowing it.

Kew Gardens, up to £160

The Kew Gardens 50p is still the rarest and most valuable among collectors
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The Kew Gardens 50p tops the scarcity index list of the coins currently in circulation, with a mintage (the number of coins issued) of just 210,000, it is the rarest coin and is the most in demand.

This rare commemorative coin was created in 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of London’s Kew Gardens.

A quick check online showed ups that a circulated coin with this design sold for £160 on eBay after it got 25 bids.

Sir Isaac Newton, up to £77

The Sir Isaac Newton coin was only ever sold through the gift shop at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire
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Last year, the Royal Mint launched a 50p coin featuring the Sir Isaac Newton design.

At first, just 375 of the coins were released into the tills at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, the birthplace and home of the famous scientist.

But more of the coins were slowly released into circulation – adding up to a total of 1.8million, making it the second rarest 50p behind the 2009 Kew Gardens coin.

The majority of these coins are still boxed in protective packaging and they’re selling for around £76.99 online.


FIRSTLY, you need to make sure the coin is legitimate and not counterfeit.

Around one in every four old £1 coins were thought to be fake, according to the Royal Mint, so there are probably more fakers in your spare change then you realise.

The Royal Mint is unable to value a coin but it can confirm whether it is real or not. They will usually supply you with a letter to confirm this.

Once you’ve found out whether the coin is real or not, you have a number of options – either selling it through a coin dealer, at auction or on eBay.

Jemima Puddle Duck, up to £13.50

Out of all the Beatrix Potter coins, the Jemima Puddle Duck one is the most valuable

The Jemima Puddle-Duck coin was free in 2016, to mark the one hundred and fiftieth day of author Beatrix Potter’s birth.

There square measure solely a pair of.1million of those coins in circulation and one in every of the coins recently oversubscribed for twenty seven times it’s price at £13.50 on eBay.

However, it’s been calculable that the new Tom Kitten coin and Britten coins might conjointly sell for an oversized total with Beatrix Potter collectors, even supposing they’re not as rare.


Suffragettes, up to £7.50

The Women’s social and political union (WSPU) coin is also known as the suffragette coin

It was once the second rarest 50p in circulation, but the 2003 Women’s social and political union (WSPU) coin – also known as the Suffragette coin – was bumped up to fourth.

The coin, that celebrates the hundredth day of the inspiration of the WSPU, options the figure of a suffragist bound to railings and holding a banner on that seem the letters WSPU.

To the proper a ballot paper marked with a cross and also the words “give ladies the vote”.

There ar presently three.1million of the coins in circulation.


Recently, one coin that had been in circulation fetched £7.50 on eBay – that’s 15 times its face value.

WWF, up to £4.50

The coin was designed to celebrate 50 years of the World Wind Fund for Nature (WWF)
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The special-edition World Wind Fund for Nature (WWF) design was released in 2011 to mark the 50th anniversary of the establishment of WWF.

It features the famous panda logo at the centre and is decorated with 50 other animals, including dolphins, frogs and butterflies.

There are 3.4million coins in circulation and they are hugely popular amongst collectors.

We found one that was recently sold for £4.50.

The dangers of selling your coins on eBay

THE most valuable coins are usually those that have low mintage numbers or those with an error.

The most valuable coins are usually those that have low mintage numbers or those with an error.

These are often deemed the most valuable by collectors.

Once you’ve found out whether the coin is real or not, you have a number of options – either selling it through a coin dealer, at auction or on eBay.

Sell it at auction 

If you’ve got a coin that you would like to sell at auction then you can contact a member of the British Numismatic Trade Association.

They usually deal in very old coins but they may be able to help you assess whether it’s worth selling your coin at auction or whether it would be valuable to collector.

Sell it on eBay 

If you want to sell the coin you’ve found in your spare change on eBay then you need to know the risks.

Remember to set a minimum price that is higher or at the very least equal to the face value of the coin.

Even if your coin “sells” on eBay for a high price there’s no guarantee that the buyer will cough out.

It its terms and conditions, the auction website states that bidders enter a “legally binding contract to purchase an item”, but there’s no way to enforce this rule in reality.

The most eBay can do is add a note to their account acout the unpaid item or remove their ability to bid and buy.

This is because in order to sign up to the website users do not need to put in valid bank or PayPal details before making a bid.

If a bidder refuses to pay, then the only option for sellers is to give “second chance offers” to other bidders or relist the item.

For items of a high value eBay recommends that sellers put a limit on their listing to approve bidders.

It means bidders must email you before placing a bid but NOT that they must pay out the cash if they win.

Britannia, up to £1.81

The 50p coins minted in 2008 were the last to feature Britannia on the tales side
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Britannia has been on the face of the 50p coin until 2008, when the decision was made to remove her from the coin. 

At the time, dozens of MPs backed a campaign to save the Britannia but they didn’t win and the design was changed.

She was replaced by the new Royal Shield in 2008 as the standard 50p design, and none have been issued since, making the ones minted in that year valuable to collectors.

Only 3.5million were issued into circulation and one recently sold on eBay for £1.81.

Squirrel Nutkin, up to £3

This is the second coin in the Beatrix Potter series to make it on to the most rare list

A series of 50p coins featuring characters from Beatrix Potter’s books were released in 2016 to honour 150 years since the author was born.

They’ve been created to capture the hand-painted style of Potter’s original illustrations, according to the Royal Mint.

Each image embossed on the coin is a painstaking recreation of the hand-painted illustrations which brought the books to life.

They have been released to mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth.

Only five million of these coins were issued and circulated coins with this design are selling for about £3, which is six times their original value.

NHS, up to £1.40

In 1998, a coin was made to commemorate 50 years of the NHS
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These coins were made to mark 50 years since the National Health Service first opened its doors.

Of course, that was back in 1998 and it was only a few weeks ago that we celebrated 70 years of the NHS.

Over 5 million (5,001,000) of the coins were released throughout the year but they’re still selling for three times its value at £1.40.

Entry to EEC, up to £2.99

More than 5 million coins were made with this design but they’re still selling for up to three times their value
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The Royal Mint released a commemorative coin in 1998 to celebrate 25 years of the UK in the European Economic Community.

It is also the first commemorative coin of the newly-sized small 50ps.

Even though there were 5,043,000 released into circulation, they sell for around £2.99 on eBay.

Benjamin Britten, up to £30

This is the second most valuable coin on the rare list, selling up to £30 on eBay
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In 2013 the Royal Mint created a coin to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the iconic British composer, Benjamin Britten.

It was also the first 50p coin to show have both the date and denomination on the front.

The coin features the uplifting lyrics blow bugle blow, and set the wild echoes flying, as well as the composer’s name in a stave to commemorate his work as a pianist and conductor.

More of them were made than the NHS and EEC coin – 5.3million – but they’re worth more to a collector who will pay up to £30 for one.

Some coins may be value THOUSANDS of pounds quite their face worth to collectors – however what does one do if it crops up in your spare change?

Here’s a way to verify what proportion it’s value, and a lot of significantly, a way to sell it.

These square measure the 50p coins that are literally value alittle fortune, albeit they’re not the rarest.



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