Will the Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin become more scarce than the Kew Gardens?
It’s been reported in the media this week that the Sir Isaac Newton coin will become the most scarce 50p in UK circulation.
A number of outlets have suggested that only 375 coins will be released giving it a mintage figure 560 times less than the Kew Gardens 50p coin.
However, we can confirm that this is not the case.
For starters, back in June an unspecified number of Isaac Newton coins were released into circulation. Based on the number of reports we’ve had from Change Checkers, we would estimate that this initial release was in the thousands.
It is true that The Royal Mint are releasing a small amount of Sir Isaac newton 50p coins at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire this week. However, the decision to release a low number coins at the birthplace of Newton is to commemorate the 375th anniversary of the scientist’s birth and is not the total amount that will enter circulation.
Further Sir Isaac Newton coins will be released, in a recent press statement The Royal Mint confirmed, “Members of the public from across the UK can expect to see the circulating edition of the coin in their change over the forthcoming months.”
However, at this stage it is impossible to say when and how many of the remaining Sir Isaac Newton 50p coins will enter circulation. The release of circulation coins is driven by demand from the banks.
It is quite possible that this coin will have a low mintage figure, maybe even less than 210,000, the number of Kew Gardens 50p coins. However, based on previous commemorative coin releases, we believe this to be unlikely.
Either way, we hope you have good luck in your search!
We’d love to know if you’ve found the Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin in your change. Let us know by answering our poll:
I’ve got 2 Isaac Walton’s but strangely enough I haven’t seen any ordinary 2017 50p coins.
And that’s the worrying thing, as mentioned here mintage is driven by demand from the banks so its a wait and see but I’m still guessing the number 375 may be significant although I’m guessing 4 zeros so not going be worth much and ive seen that it’s position on the scarcity index has fallen sharply ( could be the fact ive got 6 already!) which sort of backs up my ‘guessing’ ???
As they say, Time will tell
I collect on subject matter or design and the Issac Newton is outside both (Science urgh)
(design bland). Trouble is it seems to be the bland designs that are worth more
Regards the new newton 50p,
I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the number 375 is going to be significant as to it’s total mintage. 375,000 would be nice!!! although I bet 3,750,000 is more realistic?
Time will tell but after my last gaff when the kew gardens came out, nobody new just how rare this coin would be.
I hated it and just gave it out as change!!
Still kicking myself …
Just found a Olympic swimmer with water lines over face in £50 worth of 50ps from the bank, not sure how much it’s worth, any ideas as there’s so many conflicting stories going around?
Hi Pat, sounds like a great find! Have a read of our blog here: https://blog.changechecker.org/2016/08/17/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-uk-olympic-50p-series/ There’s some information about this coin. Thanks Luke
Got £50 worth of 50p from bank and found 50p Olympic swimmer with lines over face, unsure how much it is worth?
I have all the Peter rabbit coins collection
I have a Kew gardens and a battle of Hastings
Got a complete bag of the 50ps soooooooòoo happppppppy
I got one in bridlington
I have multiple 50p including Jemima puddle duck and squirrel nutkin to swap for Kew gardens if anyone is interested?
I have multiple 50p to swap including Jemima puddle duck and squirrel nutkin for Kew gardens if anyone is interested?
i have sir isaac newton and tales of peter rabbit if your interesting swapping for puddle duck , my email is [email protected] if your interested
Sorry Charles, I have all those. Just really want Kew gardens as that would complete my collection.
I had 2 in one week in my change on the train not had one since though
Found a Isaac Newton 50p well happy
Just got £20 of 50p for school in Cardiff and all 40 are this new coin – lucky me – off to get lottery ticket now
I have a sir Isaac newton 50 p coin. Are they worth anything
Still keeping my eyes open, not found any in Essex, Suffolk or Cambridgeshire.👀👀👀👀 hope I will be lucky soon. Happy collecting.
Hey, I have a new sir Isaac newton coun!! Very happy!!
Hi my name is Sharon I have found an Issac 50p
Not found any in my area of East-Kent yet.
I have one of these 50p,s. What is its current value? Should I I keep hold of it until the value increases?
I’ve found a fifty pence with sir Issac Newton in my change three days ago
I found a fifty pence with sir Issac Newton in my change three days ago
Ive got 2 issac newton coins. Very happy
have not seen any other specials this year so far