Royal Mint reveal rarest 50p coins

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04 February 2021
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The Royal Mint has 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 Royal Mint has posted the mintage figures for the calendar year of 2019, providing the only official guide to the rarest coins in circulation. 
 
In 2019 over 500 million coins were released into circulation, including three new 50p designs celebrating Arthur Conon Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, and Paddington the Bear at St Paul’s Cathedral and the Tower of London.
 
The figures have been revealed ahead of the 50th anniversary of Decimalisation, which takes place on 15 February and saw the introduction of many of the coins used today. 
 
The shape of the 50p made it the ideal canvas for special commemorative designs, and over 70 events, anniversaries and individuals have been celebrated on circulating 50 pence pieces.


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Kew Gardens 50p still on top

The 2009 Kew Gardens 50p remains the most coveted coin in circulation, with a mintage of just 210,000. Other rare designs include the 2011 Olympic 50p’s and the highly collectible Peter Rabbit 2018 coins.
 
The Royal Mint’s Director of UK Currency, Mark Loveridge, said:

“The 50p was introduced as part of decimalisation and has grown to become Britain’s favourite coin. The innovate shape of the coin makes it perfect for commemorative designs, and over the years we’ve commemorated many iconic occasions, events and individuals on a 50p."


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“Coin collecting remains as popular as ever, and we were delighted to release a number of special designs into circulation in 2019. The Kew Gardens remains the most coveted coin, with a mintage of just 210,000 but it’s always exciting to find a special design in your change. As we approach the 50th anniversary of decimalisation, we are proud that this iconic work of art remains in the nation’s pocket.”

Rarest 50p designs released into circulation in 2019

2019 coins

Total mintage figures

50p Sherlock

8,602,000

50p Paddington at the Tower

9,001,000

50p Paddington at St Paul's

9,001,000

 

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