Rare 50p coins

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15 April 2021
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Which 50p coins are the rarest? How much are they worth, and are there any varieties to look out for? Find out more about collecting rare 50p coins with our selection of expert articles.

Collecting 50p coins has become hugely popular over the past few years, with thousands of collectors around the world checking their loose change for special designs.

For many, it all started back in 2012, when The Royal Mint issued a wide range of special 50p coins to celebrate the London Olympics, each featuring a different Olympic sport.  

Most of those coins have now been taken out of circulation by collectors, but this was just the start and The Royal Mint issue special 50p coins each year, so which are the most rare 50p pieces?

The Royal Mint released their latest mintage figures, revealing the rarest coins in circulation, confirming that the 2009 Kew Garden 50p remains the rarest coin in circulation.

The rarest 50p designs in circulation

Mintage year

50 pence coins

Total mintage figures

2009

Kew Garden 

210,000

2011

Olympic Wrestling

1,129,500

2011

Olympic Football

1,161,500

2011

Olympic Judo

1,161,500

2011

Olympic Triathlon

1,163,500

2018

Peter Rabbit

1,400,000

2018

Flopsy Bunny

1,400,000

2011

Olympic Tennis

1,454,000

2011

Olympic Goalball

1,615,500

2011

Olympic Shooting

1,656,500

 

So how much are they worth and how do you buy them? Find out more and start collecting with these useful guides… 

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