Rare 50 pence coins. Which are valuable.in your pocket, or could be worth considerably more than their face value.
With eagle-eyed collectors willing to pay huge sums for rare editions.
The rarest 50p coin currently in general circulation is a Kew Gardens piece,
Designed to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens in 2009.
It depicts the Gardens’ famous pagoda
And only a relatively small batch of 210,000 were minted, “meaning you can now expect around £800 for one”, says.
However, a rare silver Kew Gardens 50p recently sold at auction for £1400.
Consequently the coin was a proof, meaning it is un-circulated and extremely rare.
The Daily Telegraph, meanwhile, reports that one Kew Gardens coin sold for a whopping £175,000 on eBay.
Earlier this year, one 50p sold on eBay for £590, 1,180 times its face value.
It depicted an Olympic swimmer in action,
With wavy lines across their face to represent water,
and was one of only 600 coins ever produced.
Before the design was amended to show the athlete more prominently, says the Daily Mirror.
The swimming coin was among 29 different 50p designs .
Released in 2010 and 2011 to mark the 2012 Olympics Games in London,
With each design representing a different sport.
The Beatrix Potter series, first minted in 2016.
To mark 150 years since the author's birth,
Also rank highly on the Change Checker index.
Older versions will typically achieve a premium of roughly 10–12 times its face value.
Collectable colour versions of the new designs.
As a result are available from the Royal Mint website,
Which are available in special editions of the Peter Rabbit coin.
Prices from £100 for an uncirculated version of the standard coin, from £600.
These are for a silver-proof coloured coin, and up to £10,000 for a gold one.
Our index says the most common queries it receives.
Are about the Benjamin Britten 50p coin,
Minted in 2013 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of the British composer.
Although some are being offered on eBay for upwards of £1,000,
Experts predict even a “brilliant uncirculated version” would be worth roughly £10,000 and more.
Other collectable editions include those depicting .
Also children’s characters Paddington Bear and the Gruffalo.
This year a set of five special coins.
Were released to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 50p piece.
Five designs minted over the past 50 years .
Were selected for the anniversary,
As a result celebrating “key cultural milestones and favourite pieces of coin collectors”, says ITV News.
Last year, the Treasury announced plans for a new 50p coin commemorating Brexit.
To be issued on 29 March 2019, the day the UK was originally due to leave the European Union.
The design for the limited-edition coin.
Emblazoned with the slogan “Friendship With All Nations”,
Collectors eager to snap up a piece of history.
However, plans to release the coin were put on hold.
After the government was forced to grovel with its tail between its legs. the EU for an extension to Article 50.
In the summer, three million Brexit celebration coins stamped.
With the new departure date of 31 October 2019 to be minted.
Production was paused in mid-October when it became clear Brexit would be extended again,
but not before one million coins were made, says The Telegraph,
It means those looking for a piece of EU currency history.
The 1992 Euro 50p piece featuring 12 stars and minted to commemorate the founding of the EC Single Market.