# The UK’s Top 10 Rarest Coins in Circulation

Which coins should you be looking out for in your change?

We’ve taken a look at the **mintage figures for UK coins **to find out which ones are the **rarest in circulation.**..

What you might be surprised by is that on our top 10 list, **just 1 out of the 10 coins is a 50p!**

**The rarest UK coin currently in circulation is the Kew Gardens 50p**, but the 9 rarest coins after that are actually **£2s.**

Whilst 50p coins are very popular amongst collectors at the moment, it’s certainly worth noting that **it is in fact the £2 coins which you should be keeping your eyes peeled for**, as some of the ones you can find in your change are **very rare.**

### Other rare coins to look out for

Of course, this doesn’t take into account the **rare error coins** that have been found in circulation, such as:

- 2015 inverted effigy Britannia £2
- Olympic Aquatics 50p error
- Bronze 20p error
- Silver 2p error
- Undated 20p mule

Whilst **exact mintage figures for these error coins may be unknown**, we can assume that they could each be rare enough to find themselves near the top of the list.

### A-Z of Great Britain 10p coins

It’s also worth noting that whilst **mintage figures for the individual designs haven’t been released,** if we assume that each A-Z of Great Britain 10p has been struck in **equal quantities, **then there would be** approximately 281,000 of each design. **

This would put **each A-Z 10p design in equal second place** on the list of the top 10 rarest coins in circulation!

### What about the coins no longer in circulation?

**Currently the Kew Gardens 50p is the rarest coin in circulation**, but did you know that it isn’t actually the UK’s rarest 50p?

This title goes to the **1992/93 UK EC Presidency 50p, with a mintage of just 109,000** – almost half of the Kew Gardens!

In 1997, 50p coins were redesigned in the smaller specification and this coin was demonetised, meaning it is **no longer in circulation.**

The same can be said of the **1989 Claim of Right £2**, which was demonetized in 1997 when the** bi-metallic £2 coin **was introduced.

This coin has a** mintage of** **381,400** which makes it** the rarest UK £2 **and would put it in second place on the list **if it were still in circulation.**

Are you lucky enough to have any of the** top 10 rarest coins** in your collection? Or perhaps you’ve even been lucky enough to get your hands on the **pre-1997 **coins listed above. **Let us know in the comments below!**

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

Hi Rachel

This list just might help other collectors

As we all know the definitive coins all have the same design on the reverse for each year they were/are minted

but did you know IF you collect the circulated ,uncirculated and proof coins you will find as follows

3 BRITANNIA 1969,2009 & 2019 LARGE & SMALL

2 EEC 1973 & 2009 ” ”

2 BRITANNIA 1984 & 2009 ” ”

2 BRITANNIA 1993 & 2009 ” ”

3 D-DAY 1994,2009 & 2019 ” ”

2 NHS 1998 & 2009 ”

2 EU 1998 & 2009 ”

2 LIBRARIES 2000 & 2009 ”

2 SUFFRAGETTE 2003 & 2009 ”

3 4 MINUTE MILE 2004 & 2009 ”

2 DICTIONARY 2005 & 2009 ”

2 VICTORIA CROSS 2006 & 2009 ”

2 HEROIC 2006 & 2009 ”

3 BOY SCOUTS 2007, 2009 & 2019 ”

2 KEW GARDENS 2009 & 2019 ”

2 BLUE PETER ( IMAGES) 2009 & 2011 ”

Please check the out

Les.

I thought I would try my luck and get £20 worth of 2 Pound Coins from the bank.

Amongst them, I was gobsmacked to find a 2008 Olympic Beijing Handover 2 Pound.

Hi

I’ve been collecting coins since the early 60’s and I’ve been fortunate to get all of decimal issues from the 1p to the £5 including all the rare ones from proof and or B/U. I was lucky enough to get the Blue Peter 2009 50p for £10.

ONE OF THE RAREST MINTED COINS ALTHOUGH NOT ISSUED FOR CIRCULATION BUT CAN STILL BE SPENT IS THE STRIKE YOUR OWN 2018 SIR ISSAC NEWTON 50p with a MINTAGE OF JUST 19,934 , OVER TEN TIMES RARER THEN THE 2009 KEW GARDENS 50p,

Even though now never seen in circulation, the old “Pre-1997” £2 coins have not actually been demonetized and remain legal tender and valid money which can be paid into the bank (the same situation as the old 25p crowns). Not that you’d want to cash in a “Claim of Right” one of course!

I have one of the bill of rights coin, I used to work in the post office, that’s when I got started collecting commemorative coins.

I also have one of these is there any value to it

I commented on the scarcity rating post last week saying I got a kew gardens on monday 11th August 2019.Today i got another that is two kew gardens in 11days!

That’s incredible! Can we have some of your luck please Harry, haha!

Is it the old kew gardens or the new one?

Hi Rachel

I also am very fortunate to have every one of the rare coins and as I also collect each of the edge inscriptions

(right way up & up side down) means that I have at least two of each plus a lot more, the only two coins missing in my collections are the 2p new p and the inverted Britannia.

As for the rare list don’t forget the 2009 Blue peter with only 19,750 sold and whilst we are on the 2009 there

is a proof set with 15 of the 16 coins in it that are all the remints of a lot of the large 30mm coins and are all the

27.3mm and this includes a 69 & 82 Britannia, 73 EEC, 93 DUEL DATE, 98 EU, 94 D DAY, 98 NHS 2000 LIBRARIES, 03 SUFFRAJETTS, 04 3 MINUTE MILE, 05 DICTIONARY, 06 VC & 06 HERO, 07 SCOUTS and the 2009 KEW GARDENS, only 1,039 of these sets were sold, I know of 3 of these sets that were split up and

I have three sets plus ten of the coins so there is NOT a lot left to go around, IF YOU CAN FIND THEM.

Les’

Your collection sounds amazing Les! Let’s hope a new pence 2p and inverted Britannia come your way soon. The 2009 Proof set sounds brilliant. You’re very lucky to have such special coins in your collection.

Hi Rachel

I would like to correct a mistake on my part if I may, I said I had 3 x 2009 sets when I only have 2 and a proof set made up of the standard proof coins to match the 2009 set plus a set made up of the uncirculated and a set made up of the circulated. I also have a bit more information regarding the 50p coins that I think would interest a lot of the collectors out there especially the new collectors,

if I send you a list you can decide if you think it would be of interest it would be of interest to them.

Regards

Les.

,

Hi Les, no problem! It’s great to be able to share information with other collectors. Are you a member of the Change Checker Community on Facebook? This is a great place to share and help out fellow collectors.

Can you please explain which is the 5th portrait?

Hi Molly the 5th portrait is the obverse design by Jody Clark. You’ll see a small ‘JC’ for the designer’s initials on the Queen’s neckline.

The only coin currently eluding me is the Kew Gardens 50p. But I live in hope of finding one.

I’ve got all 10 ?

How many do you want

I have one

I have 34 of the ‘pre-1997’ £2 coins, which I had saved back in the day, of which 11 are dated 1989. I was quite excited – until I checked and found that all 11 are inscribed ‘TERCENTENARY OF THE BILL OF RIGHTS’, as distinct from your featured ‘TERCENTENARY OF THE CLAIM OF RIGHT’. Mine seem identical to ‘Claim Of Right’ in all other aspects. Nowhere near so rare, I suppose ? Of the others, there’s 11 from 1986 (Commonwealth Games Scotland), 6 from 1995 (Peace Goodwill, Dove), 5 from 1994 (Bank Of England) and 1 from 1996 (Football). Is any of these a rarity ?

Hi Christopher, the pre-1997 £2 coins are no longer in circulation, but are lovely collector’s pieces. The Bill of Rights £2 has a mintage of 4,392,825 compared to just 381,400 for the Claim of Right £2, so it is less rare. You can find out all about the pre-1997 £2 coins in this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I8igZerD7Lk

The only gaps I have in the top 10 are as expected a Kew 50 p, although I have one a 2019 restrike.

Also NI £2.

How much is the Britannia £2 coin worth please, as i have one in really good condition and looking to sell it on. Many thanks.

Hi Kellie, unfortunately we can’t give valuations as this depends on a number of factors, however you will be able to determine a realistic value for your coin by following the 6 points in this blog: https://www.changechecker.org/2018/08/02/could-i-be-minted-the-6-point-guide-to-valuing-your-coin/

I’m lucky enough to have all the coins you’ve mentioned above other than the 1992/93 UK EC Presidency 50p, but I will get my hands on one in the near future.

Have got a 1981 new pence 2px coin

Also have 2px coin 1978 new pence

Also 2px coin 1975 new pence

Also 2px coin 1971 new pence have 5 of these

Are any of these worth anything thankyou.

Hi Julie, whilst these coins might occasionally sell for over face value on the secondary market, the one you need to look out for is the 1983 New Pence 2p as this is an error coin which is sought-after by collectors.

I have a 2015 Royal Navy old head and new head, how many with the old head were there ??

Hi Barrie, two versions of the First World War Navy £2 were struck – one with the 4th and one with the 5th portrait on the obverse. Whilst 650,000 5th portrait coins entered circulation, just 100 4th portrait coins were released into circulation from the tills of the HMS Belfast gift shop. You are really lucky if you own one of these coins.

Hi,

Sorry to say but you have the wrong picture on the 1992/3 50 pence coin.

Thanks Mike, we’ve updated that now!