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Published on April 11th, 2018 | by Guest Post

Change Checker Guest Blog: Rare Coins You Should Search For

Whether you’re an avid collector or have just started checking your change, collecting coins is so easy and is fantastic fun.  So, which coins should you all be searching for?

To help you find the treasure in your pocket, we’ve made a list of the 5 most scarce UK circulation coins for each denomination according to the UK Coin Scarcity Index. We’ve included the old Round Pound coins, despite them not being in circulation, as they’re still a favourite with collectors!

Let’s face it, we all want to find a rare coin, and these are the coins you need to be looking out for…

50p Coins

There are currently 64 commemorative 50p coins in circulation in the UK! Therefore, to make it easier for you, we’ve divided the 50ps into three groups:

  • Commemorative coins
  • Olympic coins
  • Beatrix Potter coins

Commemorative 50p Coins

Top Five rarest 50p coins

The pinnacle of commemorative 50p coins is the legendary Kew Gardens 50p released in 2009 with a mintage of just 210,000.

The second rarest coin is the 2011 WWF 50p coin, featuring 50 different icons to represent the variety of work which the organisation is involved with.

In third place is the 1998 NHS 50p issued to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of health secretary Aneurin Bevan establishing the National Health Service in 1948.

The final two coins to make up the top 5 are the 1998 UK: Entry to EEC, to commemorate 25 years of the UK in the EEC and the 2017Isaac Newton 50p coins, in 4th and 5th place, respectively.

Olympic 50p Coins

Top Five Olympic 50p coins

Released in 2011 to commemorate the London 2012 Olympic Games, the Olympic 50p series started something of a coin collecting revolution.

They have been incredibly popular with collectors with an estimated 75% of all coins having now been taken out of circulation.

The three most rare are Football, Judo and Wrestling, each with a mintage of less than 1.2 million.

Triathlon and Tennis round off the top five in 4th and 5th place. Interestingly, the coin with the largest mintage of the whole series is Archery, and even this is relatively low at just 3.3million.

Beatrix Potter 50p Coins

Top Five Beatrix Potter 50p coins

If the Olympic 50p coins started a change collecting revolution, it was the Beatrix Potter coins that took it to a whole new level.

Such is the unprecedented appeal of the Beatrix Potter coins, we are now on the third series in three years!

Unsurprisingly, it’s Jemima Puddle-Duck 50p that is the rarest coin. There were only 2.1 million of these coins struck, that’s less than 20% of the 2016 Peter Rabbit and half the amount of Squirrel Nutkin which has the 2nd lowest mintage.

£2 Coins

Top 5 rare Two Pound coins

The 2002 Commonwealth Games were held in Manchester, and prior to the Olympic Games in London in 2012, it was the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in the UK.

There were four different designs of commemorative £2 coin released for the event ­­– all are similar except that the central cameo features a different flag for the four constituent countries of the UK.

With a combined mintage of under 2.5 million, these coins are very rare and highly desirable with collectors.

Round £1 Coins

Top Five Round Pound coins

They may have been withdrawn from circulation in 2017, but the Round Pounds and still very popular with collectors.

In top spot is the 2011 Edinburgh City and this is the only circulation Round Pound to have a mintage of less than 1 million. The Cardiff City and London City coins from the same series make up the top 3.

Finally, another Scottish coin, the Thistle and Bluebell is the 4th rarest and the UK: Crowned Shield is 5th.

Find Out How Much Your Change is Worth with Change Checker

The Post Office Shop has a great range of official Change Checker products so you can easily check the change in your pocket.

Included in this range is the Change Checker 2018 UK A-Z 10p Collector’s Pack.  Twenty six new 10p coins entered circulation in in 2018. So, with this pack you can collect and display your collection. All 26 designs are listed to ensure you don’t miss any.

Change Checker Collector’s Album

Change Checker Collectors Album for 50p, £1 and £2 Coins

In addition, the Change Checker Album is the perfect way to keep your collection safe. This album features presentation pages and identification cards to hold all coins that are currently in circulation in the UK.

It’s worth noting that whilst rarity is not always directly linked to the value of a coin, it’s usually a good indicator.

But, the greatest thing about change checking is the coins in your collection will always be worth at least face value. Find out what your change is worth at

You can Collect and even Swap your coins all for FREE with the Change Checker App.

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