UPDATE: How rare is my coin? A Change Checker guide to UK coin mintages

You might remember our blog from last year reviewing 2016 coin mintages, but we’ve also updated our Change Checker Guide to UK coin mintages which includes all the details we have so far on the coins issued in 2017.

Have you managed to find any yet?


Updated mintages including 2017 dated 50p coins


Not surprisingly, Kew Gardens remains king of the 50p coins, with Jemima Puddle Duck also sitting in top three, however a new contender has knocked this sought-after Beatrix Potter 50p off second spot, as the 2017 Sir Isaac Newton 50p takes 2nd place just below Kew Gardens.

The 2017 Sir Isaac Newton 50p was issued to commemorate the achievements of one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution, as well as being master at The Royal Mint for three decades. Although this coin comes nowhere near to the Kew Gardens’ scarce mintage of 210,000 and is closer to Jemima Puddle Duck’s mintage of 2,100,000, still only 1,800,000 of these coins were minted, meaning our top three each have at least 1 million less coins in circulation than any other 50p.

Other newcomers to our updated UK mintage guide include the 2017 Beatrix Potter coins – Jeremy Fisher, Tom Kitten, Benjamin Bunny and Peter Rabbit. These four coins have fairly high mintage figures, with Peter Rabbit in fact having the highest mintage figure of all circulation 50ps at 19,300,000. This is thought to be due to the staggering popularity of the 2016 Beatrix Potter coins and high demand for the Peter Rabbit coin in particular. It will be incredibly interesting to see what the mintage figures for the 2018 Beatrix Potter characters will be.

But what about the 2017 £2 coins?

We haven’t been able to include the 2017 Jane Austen £2 or the  WW1 Aviation £2 coins in our charts yet as the mintage figures are yet to be released, however you can view our previous £2 mintage figures here. There hasn’t been any feedback from Change Checkers finding these coins in circulation but we’re hoping they’ll turn up soon. We will of course be the first to update you as soon as we have more information on these coins.

So far in 2018, seven new 50ps have been released, including the Representation of the People Act, Peter Rabbit, Flopsy Bunny, Tailor of Gloucester, Mrs Tittlemouse, Paddington at the Station and Paddington at the Palace. As far as we’re aware the coins have not entered circulation and therefore we don’t expect the mintage figures to be released for quite a while.

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  1. Richard Newlove on August 21, 2018 at 10:19 am

    Hi, what is the mintage figure for the 2107 shield coin? Can’t find it anywhere.

    • Rachel Hooper on August 21, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      Hi Richard. The mintage figures for the 2017 shield 50p haven’t been announced by The Royal Mint as yet, which is why you are unable to find it.

  2. Lorna Deller on August 20, 2018 at 2:42 pm

    Hi how do I get my 50ps valued & where do I sell them

  3. Cheryl on August 15, 2018 at 10:10 pm

    Hi, I found a kew gardens 50p recently, if I e mail some photos would you be able to give me your opinion if it’s genuine please?

    • Rachel Hooper on August 16, 2018 at 8:41 am

      Hi Cheryl, great find! Of course, send your pictures to [email protected] and we’d be happy to take a look for you.

      • Cheryl on August 16, 2018 at 9:31 am

        Thank you Rachel, I’ll send them now

  4. d zipfel on July 30, 2018 at 10:30 am

    hi all , when will the July £2 index be published please