One of the most regular questions we get at Change Checker is: “I have a Benjamin Britten 50p – how much is it worth?“.

There’s no doubt that the Britten 50p was somewhat overlooked when it was first released and it is amongst the slightly more scarce coins in circulation.

If you want a good brilliant uncirculated version of it for your collection, you might expect to pay up to £10 – maybe even a little more.  If you want a normal circulation quality coin – I would hold on.  It will eventually turn up in your change for 50p.

The answer seems reasonable but the enquirer is disappointed.  Very disappointed.


Well the answer is that they have just seen the exact same coin listed on eBay for over £800.


How can this be so?

Sadly, the answer is that eBay is not always a fair indicator of value.  Anyone can list anything.  So if you have a slightly unusual coin – like the Benjamin Britten 50p – list it on eBay for an outrageous price.  Once in a while a naive customer will pay the price – however…

The seller’s profit – £799.50.

It’s not just Benjamin Britten – there are others… including the 2006 Brunel £2, and the 2014 Trinity House £2.

So “Buyer Beware”.  If you want a circulating quality coin, keep your eyes peeled or try swapping with  If you want a mint condition coin be prepared to pay a premium but BUYER BEWARE.

Remember – even the rarest of all circulating 50p coins – 1992/93 EU Presidency – was sold by Change Checker for just £20.

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  1. Vikas on February 18, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Hi ii I have one £2 coin without date just I wanna …. Price for that coin

  2. autographsale on February 17, 2016 at 9:10 am

    Would love to get £800 for 50p. God loves a trier.

  3. hayman on February 16, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    I have 6 of these in my swaps. Perhaps I should sell them instead of swapping.

  4. Adrian Whitington on February 16, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    The 1992/93 EU Presidency 50p was not released for circulation.