Royal Mint reveals Britain’s rarest 50p coins


14 September 2021
The Royal Mint has posted the latest breakdown of coins that have entered circulation, including new designs commemorating ‘Diversity Built Britain’ and the UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union.

The Royal Mint has today posted the mintage figures for the calendar year of 2020, providing the official guide to the rarest coins in circulation. 
In 2020, over 330 million coins were released into circulation, including new 50 pence designs commemorating ‘Diversity Built Britain’ and the UK’s Withdrawal from the European Union. Ten million of each design were released into circulation, making them widely accessible.
The 50 pence is Britain’s most collectable coin and provides the ideal canvas for commemorative designs – with more than 50 different versions released into circulation since 1969.

The famous 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 series.

The 2020 50p coins

In January 2020 The Royal Mint issued a new 50 pence to mark the UK’s departure from the European Union, featuring the inscription “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” as a symbol of continued unity.

Brexit 50p mintage: 10,001,000

In October 2020 a fifty pence was issued to celebrate ‘Diversity Built Britain’ as part of Black History Month. To accompany the release The Royal Mint issued a coin and education pack to every primary school in England and Wales.

Diversity Built Britain 50p mintage: 10,300,000
The Royal Mint’s Director of UK Currency, Mark Loveridge, said:
“Coin collecting remains a popular hobby in the UK, and finding a special design in your change adds to the excitement. If you are lucky enough to find a commemorative 50 pence you can find more information about its history, design and mintage on our website.”

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As well as the coins found in your change, The Royal Mint issues a range of commemorative coins each year to celebrate landmark events, anniversaries and individuals that have shaped the nation. In 2021 that has included collectable coins celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s 95th birthday, Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics and the 50th anniversary of Mr Men and Little Miss.

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The Royal Mint’s Top 10 Rarest 50p Coins in Circulation

  • 2009 Kew Garden                     Mintage 210,000
  • 2011 Olympic Wrestling            Mintage 1,129,500
  • 2011 Olympic Triathlon            Mintage 1,161,500
  • 2011 Olympic Judo                    Mintage 1,161,500
  • 2011 Olympic Football              Mintage 1,161,500
  • 2018 Flopsy Bunny                    Mintage 1,400,000
  • 2018 Peter Rabbit                     Mintage 1,400,000
  • 2011 Olympic Tennis                Mintage 1,454,000
  • 2011 Olympic Goalball              Mintage 1,615,500
  • 2011 Olympic Shooting             Mintage 1,656,500

Further reading

Your guide to the Brexit 50p coin
When were 50p coins introduced?
Your guide to the Decimal Day 50p coin
How much are the Beatrix Potter 50p coins worth?
How much is the Isaac Newton 50p worth?