14 October 2019
The Royal Mint have revealed the circulation figures for coins issued in 2018, with some of the Beatrix Potter 50p coins proving to be scarcer than originally thought.
The Royal Mint have now revealed the mintage figures for all 2018 coins, including the elusive A to Z 10p coins.
Seven different 50p coins entered circulation in 2018 and the circulation figures are as follows:
Peter Rabbit - 1,400,000
Flopsy Bunny - 1,400,000
Tailor of Gloucester - 3,900,000
Mrs Tittlemouse - 1,700,000
Paddington at the Station - 5,001,000
Representation of the People - 9,000,000
Paddington at the Palace - 5,901,000
This new information means that three of the 2018 Beatrix Potter 50p coins (Peter Rabbit, Flopsy Bunny and Mrs Tittlemouse) are some of the scarcest in circulation, second only to the famous Kew Gardens 50p from 2009 (which had a low mintage of just 210,000).
A to Z 10p coins circulation figures…
The 10p coins first issued in 2018 have proved very difficult to find, with just 2.6 million initially released and a further 2.6 million released later in the year. However, at that time we did not know whether the distribution was equal for each coin design or whether some had a higher volume than others.
Thanks to the 2018 figures, we now know that there were 220,000 copies of each of the 26 A to Z 10p coins put into circulation, making the 2018 versions almost as rare as the Kew Gardens 50p.
The figures also reveal that there were no 1p, 2p, 5p, 20p or £2 coins entered into circulation during 2018. A £2 coin has not been put into circulation since 2016.
There were, however, 130,560,000 new £1 coins in 2018.
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