Published on February 25th, 2014 | by admin

Do You Own A 50p Kew Coin?

Rare collectible coins can be worth far more than their face value suggests. Having previously discussed coin collecting in some detail with our very own beginner’s guide post on the whole topic of ‘numismatics’, we were interested to note that the Royal Mint has been urging all of us to check for an ‘incredibly rare’ 50 pence piece that we may have in our possession.

Apparently one in 300 of us are thought to have ownership of a distinctive Kew Gardens coin which was released in 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens and which is now said to be worth £20 judging by the recent auctions on the eBay auction website.

Only 210,000 of these collectible coins were ever placed into general UK circulation compared to the 22.7 million 50 pence coins produced with the shield of the Royal Arms design in 2008 and 7.5 million 50 pences released in 2010 to celebrate Girlguiding.

So perhaps you’ve got one of these rare 50 pence Kew Coins lurking down the back of the sofa or in a pocket? It’s certainly worth checking now that the Royal Mint has declared it to be the rarest coin in general circulation.

Created by Christopher Le Brun, the Kew Gardens coin features a design showing the pagoda of the Gardens encircled by a twisting vine plant and also bears the dates 1759 and 2009.

Shane Bissett, director of commemorative coin at the Royal Mint, said: “Whilst we’re urging everyone to check their change to see whether they could have one of these exceptional coins in their pockets, we also want to encourage the nation to look more closely at all of the coins we use every day.

“They really are miniature works of art worth looking out for, admiring and collecting – and keeping hold of them is a great way for us to build our own private art galleries. Now that people know just how rare this particular coin is we expect them to disappear from circulation fast.”

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