50p Collection

UK 50p coins from 1997 to 2021

Ever thought about collecting Gibraltar 50p coins? Take a look at the 44 coin designs released since 1997.

There are currently 91 United Kingdom 50p coin designs dated 1997 to 2021. 71 different fifty pence coins are in circulation and can be found in your change.

Rare 50p Coins, Worth, Dates, Designs, Value – Collectable 50 ..

THE rarest 50p coins in circulation have been revealed as the Royal Mint marks half a century since the piece was introduced. By Matthew Mohan-Hickson. Sunday, 27th December 2020, 9:19 am. 3 new 50p's take their places in the date run. Jan 31, 2020 The success of the five Beatrix Potter 50p’s issued in 2016 led to the Royal Mint minting four more designs for 2017. The characters depicted are Peter Rabbit, who makes four appearances in the entire 50p collection, Mr Jeremy Fisher, Tom Kitten and Benjamin Bunny. Here’s a bit more detail about each. The British decimal fifty pence (50p) coin – often informally pronounced fifty pee – is a unit of currency equalling one half of a pound sterling.It is a seven-sided coin formed as an equilateral-curve heptagon, or Reuleaux polygon, a curve of constant width, meaning that the diameter is constant across any bisection.Its obverse has featured the profile of Queen Elizabeth II since the coin.

20 of the 50ps shown were issued as commemorative coins not for circulation. These coins won't appear in change as they are only available to buy as packaged Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) coins.

Britannia
1997 - 2008 circulation coin
50p Collection
Shield of the Royal Arms
2008 - 2019 circulation coin
Representation of the People Act
2018 circulation coin
Paddington at Buckingham Palace
2018 circulation coin
50 Years of the 50p
2019 not issued for circulation
The Gruffalo and Mouse
2019 not issued for circulation
Dinosaur Megalosaurus
2020 not issued for circulation
Dinosaur Hylaeosaurus
2020 not issued for circulation
Christopher Robin & Winnie the Pooh
2020 not issued for circulation
Diversity built Britain
2020 circulation coin
John Logie Baird Television Pioneer
2021 not issued for circulation

Most commemorative 50p coins sell for above face value on auction websites such as eBay. The UK 50p coin designs are shown in release date order with key information such as the commonly used name, coin year(s) and whether or not the coin is in circulation and can be found in your change today.

Rare And Valuable 50p Coins: Do You Have One Worth £230 In ..

50p valuations are based on the last 200 sales on eBay for each coin. The price shown is the median price for just a circulation version of the coin, adjusted to exclude cost price delivery. To view more detailed information about the values of these coins, go to the How much is my 50p worth? page or click any 50p that shows a gold cost to buy price.

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A 50p design featuring the Royal Shield of Arms, which was released two years ago, is currently the second rarest 50p coin in circulation behind the 2009 Kew Gardens.

Designs that are produced annually are sometimes overlooked in rankings of rare coins, in favour of ‘commemorative’ pieces – yet less than two million of the Royal Shield of Arms were minted in the year 2017.

Which? reveals the rarest 50p coins and how mintage influences the value of a coin.


What is the rarest 50p coin?

The 2009 Kew Gardens 50p coin remains the rarest of all coins with just 210,000 in circulation.

But if you include definitive coins – meaning those produced annually – then the second rarest 50p design is the 2017 Royal Shield of Arms.

This coin was originally designed by Matthew Dent following a public competition.

According to coin collecting site Change Checker, the Royal Shield of Arms has been issued every year since 2008 apart from 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2016.

The 2017 version is by far and away the rarest, with just 1.8 million minted, in comparison to 10.3 million in 2013, 49 million in 2014 and 39.3 million in 2015.

The third rarest coin in circulation remains the Sir Isaac Newton 50p, which has a release of just 1.8m.

The chart below shows the current rarest 50p designs based on mintage figures from the Royal Mint.

Definitive vs commemorative coins

The Royal Mint issues ‘definitive’ coins every year based on demand. The same design is produced annually, with just the year changing.

These types of coins are sometimes ignored by collectors but in cases such as the Royal Shield of Arms 2017, they can also be extremely rare.

By contrast, commemorative coins are released to mark a particular occasions, person or event, so tend to be a one-off design.

Often, these coins are first released as collector’s editions by the Royal Mint, with some versions then entering general circulation.

Special 50p have been released this year celebrating the anniversary of The Gruffalo, the famous kids’ book Peter Rabbit and the deceased British professor Stephen Hawking.

How does mintage affect a coins value?

Mintage figures can have a massive impact on the coin’s value in the market.

Generally, the harder the coin is for collectors to find, the more they are likely to pay for the coin. This can partly be determined by mintage, but also the popularity of the design.

As the 2012 Olympic coins drop out of circulation by getting lost or snatched up in collections, their value has been increasing, with the football and wrestling designs particularly popular.

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Which? has looked at the average price on three recent sales on eBay for particularly rare 50p coins – the Kew Gardens 2009, the Royal Shield of Arms 2017 and the Olympic 2012 wrestling design – and the results are below:

You can see that despite the rarity of the Royal Shield of Arms coin, it doesn’t fetch a huge premium – perhaps because the design doesn’t resonate with the public in the same way.

That said, collectors are advised to treat eBay listings with caution.

Some sellers will list coins at an inflated price, or bid on their own product to make it look there’s a bigger demand.

Remember that coins are only worth whatever a buyer is willing to pay for them – even if you’ve found a rare coin, you may not be able to sell it on for a profit.

What else affects the coin’s value?

The value of a coin can also depend on whether a particular design is sought-after or sentimental.

If the coin design is more popular, people are more likely to hang onto the coin and keep it from circulation.

Also the condition of a coin and whether it is from scratches or marks can have a significant impact on its value.

However an error on a coin can have the opposite effect and make them much rarer and more sought after than ‘perfect’ versions.

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