January 2019 eBay Tracker Update

Buying and selling coins on the secondary market can be a bit of a minefield and excessive coin prices on eBay can leave collectors confused as to how much these sought-after coins are really selling for.

So we’ve simplified the process for you by sharing our UPDATED Change Checker eBay Tracker and Valuation Index for the Top 9 coins and banknotes …

Valuation Index


Find out which coins and notes have been the key movers and shakers in the updated eBay Tracker below.



There has been an overall increase in the price of our Top 9 most sought-after coins and notes, with the most notable increase going to the Jemima Puddle Duck 50p, which has jumped from an average sold price of £5.50 in June to £11.00 in January!

After dropping 19% last year, the Olympic Football 50p has now rocketed up by 29% and is also currently selling at £11.00. The Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland £2 and the Undated 20p have also seen improvement since June, with the £2 increasing by 20% to a phenomenal £31.00 and the 20p now selling for £50.00 on average.

Of course the highest selling coin of our Top 9 is the highly sought-after Kew Gardens 50p. This coin remains king, selling for an incredible £97.00, which is a 20% increase on June’s figures. There has been a lot of excitement regarding the 2019 re-issued Kew Gardens 50p coin which has led to increased press coverage of this coin, which could be a factor in the higher prices people are willing to pay to get hold of one for their collection.


Kew Gardens 50p still selling for £97.00


You’ll notice with this update that the Inverted Effigy £2 has been removed and this is due to the fact that the rarity of this coin means very few are available and the prices are volatile. This combined with the fact that we have not been able to find 9 of these coins sold in a qualifying period means that it has been removed and replaced with the 2018 Sir Isaac Newton 50p.

Could this newcomer be the rarest coin on the eBay Tracker?

This newcomer to the eBay Tracker was only available at The Royal Mint Experience as a Strike Your Own Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin and the mintage figures are unknown, but due to the short time frame and visitor numbers, there could well be substantially less than 210,000 of these coins struck, meaning the 2018 Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin could very possibly have a lower mintage figure than even the Kew Gardens 50p! And this is certainly reflected in the price people are willing to pay for the coin, with an average sold price of £59.00.


2018 Sir Isaac Newton 50p selling for £59.00


Whilst the average sold price for the 92/93 EEC 50p remains unchanged at £56.00, the 2015 Britannia is the only coin in our Top 10 to have decreased in value since June, with a decrease of 20% meaning the average sold price is now £4.00.

Both banknotes in our Top 10 have also taken a hit, with the AA01 Polymer £5 slipping from £14.50 to £10.00 and the AA01 Polymer £10.00 from £18.00 to £15.00. However we must remember that this is still double the face value of the £5 note and 1.5X face value for the £10, which certainly isn’t a bad profit to be made!

So now that you’re up to date with our latest eBay Tracker, will you be selling any of the coins in your collection or will you continue to save them? Let us know in the comments below.

How does the eBay Tracker work?

The Change Checker eBay Tracker takes the last 9 sold prices achieved on eBay and gives the median price achieved (rounded to the nearest 50p). By taking the median, rather than an average, we avoid skewing created by one or two excessive prices achieved.

Please note that the Change Checker eBay Tracker is only ever designed to be a guide as to prices achieved on eBay. Prices may vary depending on collector demand and the quality of the coin being sold. It does not provide any guarantee as to future values of coins.

If you’re interested in coin collecting, our Change Checker web app is completely free to use and allows users to:

– Find and identify the coins in their pocket
– Collect and track the coins they have
– Swap their spare coins with other Change Checkers

Sign up today at: www.changechecker.org/app


  1. Carol Dunderdale on February 8, 2019 at 1:48 pm

    Hi Rachael. Can you tell me where i can find special 1p and 2ps . Do you have any information what i meed to look for?. Im new at this game. Carol.

    • Rachel Hooper on February 8, 2019 at 2:16 pm

      Hi Carol. Welcome to the world of change checking! There are no commemorative 1p and 2p coins in circulation at the moment, but you can take a look and find out more about the different definitive designs here: https://www.changechecker.org/search-results.aspx?denominationId=16&subcategory=Definitive&subcategoryId=1020

    • Mark on February 8, 2019 at 3:58 pm

      Hi Carol.
      There are also collectors called ‘Date-Runners’.
      We are collectors that also look for collecting all the different dates that are on the standard small denomination coins (1/2ps, 1ps, 2ps, 5ps, 10ps, 20p, 50ps etc).
      ‘Check Your Change’ is a great site & App that helps you catelogue and tick-off all your coins.
      Hope thats of help.

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  3. Margaret Murphy on January 26, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Hullo Graeme,

    I am very sorry that I have been unable to respond to you, but I have been ill.

    How would we be able to determine the value of any coins I might sell? I never thought of this before. Please let me know what you think.

    Kind regards,

    Margaret Murphy.

  4. Mrs. Margaret Murphy on January 16, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    I have a lot of 50 pence and £2 coins. They are all “special”. I am a 75 years old lady and have never dealt with Ebay. I live in West Lothian, Scotland and wonder if there is anyone in my area who might be interested to buy? Your help would be much appreciated.

    • Rachel Hooper on January 16, 2019 at 4:43 pm

      Hi Margaret, it sounds like you’ve got a lovely collection there. I suggest you contact a dealer on the British Numismatics Trade Association who will be able to help you sell your coins.

    • G.Gibbs on January 16, 2019 at 10:58 pm

      Good evening Margaret ,my name is Graeme Gibbs and I live in Aberdeen Scotland I stumbled across your comment and am also a collector of coins on a quite small scale , I do it for my two daughters which I hope to leave a set of coins too each. If you are considering getting rid of any coins I would gladly purchase some from you . Kind regards x

  5. Leslie John Hamilton on January 16, 2019 at 9:27 am

    With the re issue of kew gardens which is dated 2019 as a limited edition. It will be impossible to get one making it the most sought of 50 p on the secondary market. I can imagin there price being very high prehabs thousands. I’ve been checking out ebay very often to see if one does come up for sale. Rather disappointed that I did not get one on the sale day. What are your thoughts? All the best Les

    • Rachel Hooper on January 16, 2019 at 10:18 am

      Hi Les, the unprecedented demand for the 50th anniversary of the 50p set and the fact that they sold out so quickly suggests that the 2019 Kew Gardens will indeed be very sought-after on the secondary market. It will be interesting to see the price collectors are willing to pay. I’m sorry you didn’t get a chance to order the set for yourself.

  6. Mark on January 15, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Is the £2 ‘Claim of Rights’ coin worth including on the tracker? You still occassionally see these older £2 coins in your change.

    • Rachel Hooper on January 15, 2019 at 3:43 pm

      That’s a good idea Mark and in fact this coin has been selling for over £25 on eBay. We can certainly consider it for the next update.

  7. Pamela Armer on January 15, 2019 at 10:32 am

    When are they going to release more Kew garden 50 pence coins?. I like many other people aren’t lucky enough to have one and as a coin collector feel very disappointed.

    • Rachel Hooper on January 15, 2019 at 11:15 am

      The 2019 Kew Gardens were only available as part of the 50th anniversary of the 50p set and unfortunately this sold out incredibly quickly yesterday. I’m really sorry that you missed out Pamela.

  8. Jim on January 15, 2019 at 9:08 am

    Thanks, a useful update. Hope you consider including the 2019 Britannia “New Pence” Strike your Own 50p in future updates as that is currently selling very well at all sorts of prices on ebay. I’m definitely hanging on to the few pieces I have on your list.

    • Rachel Hooper on January 15, 2019 at 11:14 am

      Thanks Jim. Yes it will be very interesting to see how the strike your own Britannia does on the secondary market.