Published on April 20th, 2017 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw
Do You Have a Rare 50p Worth £100?
There are currently fifty-four 50p coin designs in circulation. However, a rare 50p is worth much more than its face value.
The rarest 50p in circulation is the Kew Gardens design covered previously in our article Do You Own a 50p Kew Coin? Only 210,000 of this design ever entered circulation and it ranks top in the Scarcity Index at 100. Today, this coin fetches £100 on auction sites such as eBay.
Coin experts, Change Checker state that seven 50p designs are now “scarce” and a further 45 are deemed “potentially valuable”.
Whilst not all designs will attract the price tag of the Kew Gardens design, many will sell for up to 10-12 times their face value at £5-£6.
Top Ten Rare 50p Coins
Following on from the 2009 Kew Gardens coin, the next rarest 50p coin designs are from the Olympic Sports 50p collection. Celebrating the London 2012 Olympic Games, 29 Olympic coins were created.
Despite one million Football Olympic 50p coins being struck, it is the second most valuable 50p coin currently in circulation. Featuring a graphic explaining the offside rule, it has become a collectible piece not just for coin collectors but also for football fans in general.
Meanwhile, the recent Beatrix Potter 50p coins released in 2016 are also very popular. The Beatrix Potter collection was created to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the author’s birth. Five different coins were produced featuring her most famous and best loved characters; Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-Duck, Mrs Tiggy-Winkle, Squirrel Nutkin along with a special 150th anniversary coin.
Just like the London 2012 50p coins, their value is not simply because of the amount of coins in circulation. Demand from fans of Beatrix Potter and the general public has driven the price.
One 50p to Watch
In 2016, Battle of Hastings 50p coins were released to mark the 950th anniversary of this pivotal event of British history. With just 5,000,000 coins struck, it is the fifth rarest 50p coin in circulation. If you have one of these in your pocket it might be worth keeping hold of.
Alternatively, you could own a special collector’s edition, the Battle of Hastings 2016 Silver Proof UK 50p Coin. It is part of a unique range of collectible Coins for numismatists and other collectors available at the Post Office Shop.
Do You Still Have Some Old Fivers?
Do you still have some old paper £5 notes lying around? On 5th May 2017 the paper £5 notes will no longer be legal tender. According to the Bank of England there are still 165 million old style £5 notes in circulation.
If you still have old £5 notes on 5th May you will need to take them to a bank, building society or Post Office to exchange them for the new polymer £5 notes.