Latest coin Scarcity Index published by Change Checker


01 October 2018
The latest Scarcity Index has been published by Change Checker, providing collectors with a countdown of the rarest 50p and £2 coins.

The special index of circulation coins is created by the coin firm using information such as the number of times each design is listed as collected by Change Checkers, and the number of times a design has been requested as a swap over the previous three months.

The 50p index shows the rare Kew Gardens 50p still at the top of the list, whilst the Sir Isaac Newton, Rowing and Canoeing 50p coins have all moved up the list and so are said to be becoming more rare.

Change Checker’s Rachel Hooper said:

‘Not surprisingly, Kew Gardens still remains the most scarce UK 50p coin with a mintage figure of just 210,000. There has been a lot of movement this quarter, with significant improvements in the performance of Sir Isaac Newton, Rowing and Canoeing. On the other hand, both Girl Guides and Tom Kitten have seen less interest, with both coins moving nine points down the Index. Our top and bottom six coins seem to remain consistent for now, although there is always the potential for change as new coins enter circulation, and we’ve had a number of new releases recently that could mix things in up.’

The £2 index sees the Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland £2 regain its place at the top, whilst the Rugby World Cup and Florence Nightingale coins have moved down the Index this quarter.

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Rachel added: ‘This is due in part to a lack of Change Checkers requesting to swap these coins, however we wouldn’t be surprised to see these coins creeping up the Index in the next quarter.’

Meanwhile, the company report that there is still not enough information about the 26 ‘A to Z of Great Britain’ 10p coins to create a scarcity index, however, Change Checker have provided a ‘Swap Index’ using data from the Change Checker App.

This index shows the ‘Angel of the North’ coin at the top, followed by ‘English Breakfast’.

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