What’s your favourite coin story of the year?

This year has most definitely been a great year for coins and banknotes, so as we approach the end of 2016, here’s a look back at 8 of the most popular coin stories. We want to know your favourite coin story so vote in the poll below. 

1. The Polymer £5 banknote creates a collecting frenzy

On September 13th the Bank of England launched its first ever plastic banknote and straight away there were stories of banknotes selling for eye-watering amounts.

2. Beatrix Potter starts a 50p Collecting Revolution

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There is no doubt that the Beatrix Potter 50p’s have caused much excitement across the UK and we can see why they’re so popular. It’s the biggest story in 50p collecting since the London Olympics!

3. The 2015 Navy £2 becomes one of the rarest UK coins ever

navy 2 pound coin facebook 1200x627 - What's your favourite coin story of the year?The £2 coin that commemorates the Royal Navy’s efforts in World War One was revealed to be one of the rarest UK coins in circulation, kicking the 2002 Commonwealth Games England £2 out of its 3rd place position.

4. The UK prepares as the ‘Round Pound’ is about to disappear forever.

Earlier this year The Royal Mint confirmed that 2016 will see the last ‘round pound’, calling time on a coin which was first issued more than thirty years ago. 

5. Britain’s most important coin celebrates its 200th anniversarybicentenary proof sovereign 2017 coin1 - What's your favourite coin story of the year?


The Sovereign is a gold coin renowned for its impeccable quality and craftsmanship which set the standard for accuracy that defined a currency – and it’s now reached its 200th anniversary.

6. ‘Silver’ 2p found in charity collection tin turns out to be an extremely rare minting error

In June it was revealed that a ‘silver’ 2p  thought to be a fake was nearly thrown away after it was discovered in a Poppy Appeal tin. But after Royal British Legion volunteers in Wiltshire took it to a bank, it was sent to The Royal Mint which confirmed it as an extremely sought-after minting error.

7. Germany releases a ‘see-through’ coin into circulationblue planet earth german 5 euro coin arrow - What's your favourite coin story of the year?


Germany’s first ever 5-euro coin was released into circulation in April. A first in the history of coins, it was dubbed the ‘three material coin‘, and was also see-through!

8. The Royal Mint issued the Battle of Britain 50p without a denomination 

1 - What's your favourite coin story of the year?The Brilliant Uncirculated 50p was issued early in 2015 and was quickly assumed to be an error coin. The coins, which were sold in presentation packs, had been struck without the denomination in either numbers or writing anywhere on the coin.


Let us know your favourite coin story or which one you want to hear more about in our poll below. We’ll write it up in full to bring you everything  you need to know.

The poll has now closed.  The results will be announced online on 24 December.  Thank you.

  1. Robert Raymond on December 24, 2016 at 10:56 am

    I have just been given in change the same Shakespeare coin with the words ‘what piece of work is a man’ stamped different ways up and in different positions around the circumference in relation to the queens head is this correct or is one a fake?

  2. Marie ann mackie on December 24, 2016 at 6:19 am

    Whoops posted on wrong site my favourite
    Has got to be beatrix potter….the day i lost the plot was the day i got my kew gardens 50p jumping for joy in a packed supermarket everyone looking at me as if i was mad…..people who don’t coin collect just don’t get it

  3. Marie ann mackie on December 24, 2016 at 6:11 am

    I only need 2 beatrix potter 50p’s to complete….sucessfully swaped olympic coin with the swap centre tried numerous times to get the 1’s i need people don’t reply….my son has got the bug so gave my swaps to him

  4. neil on December 20, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    I’ve a silver 2p is it worth anthing I’ve had it about 4 years now should I keep it ????

  5. neil on December 20, 2016 at 8:17 pm

    I’ve got a silver 2p I’ve had it about 5 years now do you think its worth anything Cheers

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