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Published on September 22nd, 2015 | by Rob Stebbings

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Change Checker Guest Blog – Ultimate Guide: The Top 10 Rarest Coins In Circulation

At the Post Office Shop we highly recommend the Change Checker album for storing exceptional £2, £1 and 50p coins in your pocket. But how do you know if you have a rare coin in your possession?

Today’s guest post comes from Mark Liversidge at Change Checker who provides an insightful article detailing some of the rarest coins in circulation…………

Have I just found a rare coin? It’s a question which collectors ask daily, and to help answer it, we’ve put together these charts showing the TOP 10 rarest coins for each of the four denominations on the Change Checker App

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How does your coin stack up against the others

£2 Coins – View in the Change Checker App

The Northern Ireland 2002 Commonwealth Games is the rarest £2 coin currently in circulation – in fact the four designs in the 2002 Commonwealth Games series occupy the four top spots. Others to look out for include both 2008 and 2012 Olympic Handover Two Pound Coin designs.

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£1 Coins – View in the Change Checker App

The rarest One Pound coin currently in circulation is the Edinburgh £1 – have you ever spotted one in your change? The Royal Arms is a common design which is sometimes ignored, but remember to look out for one with a 2008 date – that’s actually the fourth rarest.

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Olympic 50p Coins – View in the Change Checker App

The Olympic Fifty Pence series is very popular with Change Checkers, but in terms of rarity, there really isn’t much separating the top 10 designs. The Football ‘Offside Rule’ 50p was certainly one of the most talked about designs, and it also narrowly ranks as the scarcest.

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50p Coins – View in the Change Checker App

As mentioned in this previous blog the rarest coin, of any denomination, is the Kew Gardens 50p. Its status as the most scarce coin has been well publicised, and as a result, many are hoarded by collectors. The chart below illustrates just how rare it is compared with other Fifty Pence designs.

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Hopefully our charts will help you identify which coins you should be looking for in your loose change, and remember you can Find, Collect and Swap all your coins for FREE with the Change Checker App: www.changechecker.org

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