The Royal Mint to re-issue the UK’s RAREST 50p

The UK’s RAREST 50p coin in circulation will be re-issued by The Royal Mint in 2019 it has been confirmed.

The Kew Gardens 50p hit the headlines in February 2014 when it was revealed as the most scarce 50p in circulation. At the peak of the hype surrounding its value, some coins were exchanging hands for hundreds of pounds!

According to the Royal Proclamation, published on 8 November, a total of TEN new 50p coins will be issued in 2019, all of which will be re-issues of previous designs.

The coins to be re-issued comprise:

  1. Britannia 50p – the figure of Britannia, seated beside a lion, with a shield resting against her right side, holding a trident in her right hand and an olive branch in her left hand; and the figure “50” together with the words “NEW PENCE”;
  2. D-Day Landings 50p– a design representing the D-Day landings of the Allied invasion force heading for Normandy and filling the sea and sky, with the inscription “50 PENCE”;
  3. Roger Bannister 50p –  the legs of a running athlete with a stylized stopwatch in the background and, with the inscription “50 PENCE”;
  4. Victoria Cross Medal 50p – a depiction of the obverse and reverse of a Victoria Cross with the date “29. JAN 1856” in the centre of the reverse of the Cross, with the inscription “VC” “FIFTY PENCE”;
  5. Victoria Cross Soldier 50p – a depiction of a soldier carrying a wounded comrade with an outline of the Victoria Cross surrounded by a sunburst effect in the background with the inscription “FIFTY PENCE” ;
  6. Boy Scouts 50p – a fleur-de-lis superimposed over a globe and accompanied by the inscription “BE PREPARED” and the dates “∙ 1907 ∙” and “∙ 2007 ∙”, and the denomination “FIFTY PENCE”;
  7. Kew Gardens 50p – a design showing the pagoda, a building strongly associated with the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew, encircled by a vine and accompanied by the dates “1759” and “2009”, with the word “KEW” at the base of the pagoda;
  8. Battle of Hastings 50p – a design showing the scene from the Bayeux tapestry depicting King Harold with an arrow in his eye accompanied by the inscription “BATTLE OF HASTINGS 1066” and the date “2016”;
  9. Battle of Britain 50p – a design showing airmen running to their planes with enemy aircraft overhead accompanied by the inscription “THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN 1940”;
  10. Girl Guides 50p – a design which depicts a repeating pattern of the current identity of Girlguiding UK, accompanied by the inscription “CELEBRATING ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF GIRLGUIDING UK” and the denomination “50 PENCE”.

It’s expected the coins will be issued in 2019 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 50p with commemorative collector’s editions in Cupro-Nickel, Silver and Gold being made available. It is not yet clear whether any of the new 50ps will be issued for circulation.

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  1. PAUL THOMAS on December 18, 2018 at 5:31 am

    Hi Rachel thanks for letting me know about the change checker app I only missed out on one £5.00 coin the 2012 paralympic one.I managed to find one on amazon and already bought it. I am a bit surprised that you have not put the 8 £20.. coins the 2 £50.00 coins and the three £100.00 coins on this brilliant app. very happy to have confirmed that I have all the coins on this app.

    • Rachel Hooper on December 18, 2018 at 8:12 am

      That’s amazing that your collection is so complete. It shows real dedication so well done Paul. Unfortunately we haven’t listed the £20, £50 or £100 coins as we only include base metal coins on the app. Thanks, Rachel

  2. PAUL THOMAS on December 14, 2018 at 6:06 pm

    Hi Rachel can you confirm the number of coins minted since decimalisation in case i have missed any. my list is 72==50p 26==£1 54==£2 58==£5 8==£20 2==£50 3==£100

    • Rachel Hooper on December 17, 2018 at 11:17 am

      Hi Paul, you can use our Change Checker app to check that your collection includes each UK issued since decimalisation:

      Unfortunately we do not have a list of banknotes issued. Thanks, Rachel

  3. PAUL THOMAS on December 12, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    please keep me informed as i have all coins since decimalisation and don’t want to miss out on these new coins

    • Rachel Hooper on December 13, 2018 at 8:22 am

      Hi Paul, it’s fantastic that you’ve been able to collect so many coins, your collection must be very impressive. So long as you’ve registered your interest using the sign up form on the blog you will be kept up to date with these new coins. Thanks, Rachel

  4. John gemmill on December 10, 2018 at 8:15 pm

    I would like to publish a Kew Gardens 50p coin when it arrives cheers John

  5. KATHY HANCOCK on December 5, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    Please keep notified as and when new coins are released in the UK. Thankyou

    • Rachel Hooper on December 6, 2018 at 8:08 am

      Hi Kathy, so long as you’ve signed up using the form on this blog you’ll be kept up to date with all the news about these 2019 coins. Thanks, Rachel

  6. John Mack on December 5, 2018 at 8:05 am

    Please keep me informed

    • Rachel Hooper on December 5, 2018 at 8:14 am

      Hi John, you can fill in the form at the bottom of this blog to be kept up to date with this topic. Thanks, Rachel

  7. DAVID FROGGATT on December 4, 2018 at 9:42 pm

    I am really at a loss to understand why any particular coin should be reissued and also the fact there are going to be a total of 10 previous 50p designs. Each one of those particular 50p designs are very individual and commemorate a special subject or occasion and year date. Each are to be in base, silver and gold and purely as a collectors commemorative edition. To be really cynical the only thing I see is a money making exercise by the Mint and their subsidiaries. There are numerous subjects and occasions past and present still unexplored that could be used to really extend the range and appeal of our 50p piece.
    I as a collector have examples of all 50p’s issued, I will not however be rushing to buy plagiarized duplicates of
    previously dated designs with 2019 on them.

    • Rachel Hooper on December 5, 2018 at 8:49 am

      Hi David, you make a very fair point and I think there will be other collectors out there who agree with you. On the other hand, as the coins chosen are so individual and commemorate such a special date, it seems like a fitting way to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 50p by re-issuing some of the favourites. As they are 2019 dated they won’t affect the scarcity of the original coins, but it will be exciting for those collectors that haven’t been able to find the originals to be able to own the collector editions instead. There will also be other 50ps issued next year to commemorate different occasions (we already know of the Gruffalo and Brexit 50p), so I hope you don’t feel too disheartened by next year’s coins. Thanks, Rachel

  8. Jim Kentley on December 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Given that the Britannia and D Day 50ps were large size and the rest smaller will ALL the reissued 50ps be small sized?
    Also, given that the Paddington Bear 50ps are now in circulation will you issue ID cards for them, the 4 RAF £2 coins and the Captain Cook £2 coin so that I can add them to my Change Checker book

  9. John Gemmill on December 4, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    Hi Rachel how much will it cost

    • Rachel Hooper on December 5, 2018 at 8:23 am

      Hi John, we don’t know how much the set will cost yet, but if you’d like to be kept up to date with all the latest you can sign up using the form at the bottom of this blog. Thanks, Rachel

  10. Les Woodward on December 4, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    Obviously any re-issues of the old large 30mm coin designs (e.g D-DAY) will be the new 27.3mm size I take it, or if not released into general circulation could remain as the original size.

    • Rachel Hooper on December 5, 2018 at 8:29 am

      Hi Les, we’re not yet 100% sure what size the pre 1997 re-issued 50ps will be struck to, although it would make sense to be the standard 27.3mm or else they would need to create a larger die. It will be interesting to see what The Royal Mint decide to do that’s for sure!

  11. Danny Hutton on December 4, 2018 at 5:36 pm

    I’m an avid collector and I would be extremely interested in the new Kew gardens 50p.

    • Rachel Hooper on December 5, 2018 at 8:26 am

      It will be really exciting for people that haven’t been able to find the 2009 coin to have the chance to own the re-issued version.

  12. Neil Clark on December 4, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Why is there no coin celebrating the 150th anniversary of the only gold rush in Britain?

  13. NICOLA clemance on December 4, 2018 at 4:47 pm

    is the new kew gardens going to be issued with the date 2009 or 2019 if so will this affect the value of the 2009 kew gardens

    • Rachel Hooper on December 4, 2018 at 5:17 pm

      Hi Nicola. The new coin will be dated 2019 so won’t affect the original coin’s scarcity.

  14. PAUL THOMAS on December 4, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    looking forward for new coins really excited

  15. Bryan Hyland on November 25, 2018 at 8:36 am

    I recall that when I was a lad, the coin that was put in the Christmas pudding mix was not a sixpence but an older, smaller, silver three pence coin that we called a “Joey”. Even at that time, in the 1940/50’s this coin was a rarity, but we wouldn’t have dreamed of using a sixpence instead.

    • Rachel Hooper on November 26, 2018 at 8:34 am

      Hi Bryan, that’s really interesting, did you ever manage to find a Joey in your portion of pudding? It’s a lovely Christmas tradition.

  16. Liam foster on November 24, 2018 at 1:05 pm

    Will there ever be a coin to remember the 5 time champion of the world Eric Bristow who sadly passed away on the 5th of April 2018.

    • Rachel Hooper on November 26, 2018 at 8:36 am

      That’s a great suggestion Liam. I’m sure many people would support an Eric Bristow coin. Unfortunately we don’t issue coins ourselves, so it would be down to The Royal Mint to decide on that one.

  17. Rustam on November 21, 2018 at 10:43 pm

    Good news! Thank you!!!)

  18. Lew Fink on November 21, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    Just a bit confusing – it says they are being released next year and at the end it says ..”it is unclear whether they will be released into general circulation,”which presumably means BU silver and gold only ,RM packs,blue cards and years sets.
    Would that be a fair assumption ?
    cheers Lew

    • Rachel Hooper on November 22, 2018 at 10:28 am

      Hi Lewis, we believe that the coins will be released for sale next year in BU, Silver and Gold, but we don’t yet know if The Royal Mint will also release the coins for circulation. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we know more. I hope that helps. Thanks, Rachel

  19. Janette parry on November 21, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I have the airplane ones I had them for 25 years have 8 of them

    • Mike Nixon on December 4, 2018 at 7:56 pm

      What are the airplane ones?

  20. P on November 21, 2018 at 8:58 am

    Will the coins have s 2019 date to differentiate them from the originals?

    • Rachel Hooper on November 21, 2018 at 9:35 am

      Yes, these coins will be dated 2019 🙂

  21. Mandy Bucko on November 21, 2018 at 8:45 am

    I am surprised that the coins are exactly the same as previous coins released 🙁

    • Rachel Hooper on November 21, 2018 at 9:34 am

      These particular 50ps are re-issues of previous designs, but there will be new coins next year as well. We already know about the Gruffalo 50p which will be very exciting! You can find out more about this coin here:

      • Dandan79 on November 21, 2018 at 10:36 pm

        And of course the Brexit 50p, unless of course it’s been thought better of and scrapped already!?

      • Rachel Hooper on November 22, 2018 at 10:23 am

        Hi Dan, the Brexit 50p is due to be released in March next year. There will be other 50ps beside the 10 re-issued coins to mark the 50th anniversary of the 50p, such as the Gruffalo 50p which we also know will be released next year. Thanks, Rachel

  22. Jon Metcalf on November 20, 2018 at 10:08 pm

    The full range will only be made in gold piedfort. Base, silver and gold standard weight feature just Britannia, the Euro designs and B-day landings

    • Rachel Hooper on November 22, 2018 at 10:32 am

      Hi Jon, we don’t yet know if the full range will also be released into circulation. We’ll keep you updated when we know more. Thanks, Rachel

  23. Jim on November 20, 2018 at 5:28 pm

    Interesting selection and great to see my favourite the original Britannia design re-used, complete with “New Pence” inscription. I do hope that gets issued for circulation: Will bring back loads of memories for us older change-checkers! I was in primary school in October 1969 and had to wait weeks before my dad got a 50p piece in his change instead of a Ten Shilling note (I was too young to realise I could have gone to the bank to get one and ten bob was a lot of money back then). Looks like 2019 will be a good year for collectors.

    • Rachel Hooper on November 21, 2018 at 8:23 am

      It will be really exciting to see these much loved coins re-issued next year, and what wonderful memories they bring back for you Jim. Thanks for sharing.

  24. Steve powell on November 20, 2018 at 5:24 pm

    Regarding the new coins, especially the Kew
    How will this effect the rarity of the Kew Gardens previously issued

    • Rachel Hooper on November 22, 2018 at 10:35 am

      Hi Steve, the re-issued coins will be dated 2019 and therefore will not affect the rarity of the original coins. We don’t yet know if the new coins will actually enter circulation or not, be we’ll keep you updated as soon as we know more. Thanks, Rachel

  25. John Fleming on November 20, 2018 at 5:12 pm

    Thanks for the great info regarding 2019 re-issues, will we be able to pre-order these coins ? If so, put me down for 1 of each !! Many thanks.

    • Rachel Hooper on November 21, 2018 at 8:29 am

      Hi John, unfortunately these coins aren’t available to pre order at the moment, but if you register your interest by signing up using the form at the bottom of the blog, you will be kept up to date and be one of the first to know as soon as they are available. Thanks, Rachel