Do you own the rarest UK coins in circulation?

Earlier this year I made some charts about Britain’s rarest circulating coins. They proved really popular on our Facebook page, so I thought I’d bring them all together for you here in one blog post.

How many of these rare coins do you have in your collection?

There were only 485,500 Northern Ireland 2002 Commonwealth Games £2 coins minted, that’s just 0.1% of all the £2 coins ever struck to date!


The rarest £1 coin is the 2011 Edinburgh design. Could it be worth something one day?

How rare is my £1

Olympic 50ps have long been a favourite amongst collectors, but did you know there are only 1,125,500 Football fifty pence pieces? It’s definitely the rare one to look out for!

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Last but definitely not least, the Kew Gardens 50p steals the show. Just 210,000 were struck and they made headlines earlier in the year when a handful reached a valuation of over £100 on eBay – surely making them some of Britain’s most valuable circulating coins (for now at least!)

How rare is my 50 pence

So remember to keep checking your change – you just might own one of the UK’s rarest coins!

Change Checker Logo GoldIf you’ve found some of the coins mentioned in these charts, why not list them in your online collection at – you can even swap with your fellow Change Checkers to complete your collection!