I still can’t quite believe 2020 is here and we’re into a new decade! But what better excuse could there be to take a look back at some of our favourite coin releases from the past 10 years?

Along with new coins, the numismatic world as a whole seems to have expanded as a new generation of collectors have discovered the joy of this fantastic hobby.

There’s no denying we’ve seen some incredible coins released since 2010, but the Change Checker team have picked out our personal favourite TOP FIVE.

So without any further ado, here are the coins we believe to be the greatest of the past 10 yearsDrum roll please...


1. The London Olympic and Paralympic 50ps

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Issued to mark the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games hosted by London, this coin series played a huge part in transforming the 50p into the UK’s most collectable coin.

29 different 50p coin designs were released to commemorate the different sports and across the nation millions rose to the challenge of collecting them all.

The Royal Mint now estimates that as many as 75% of the Olympic 50p coins have been removed from circulation by collectors, which is a testament to their popularity.

It was certainly the Olympic 50p series that reawakened the nation’s love of coin collecting in the last decade, so we just had to include them at the top of our list!

2. The Beatrix Potter 50ps

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Next up is a series which inspired a whole new generation of collectors, and for that reason it would be a crime not to include the Beatrix Potter 50p series on our list.

Just like me, I’m sure you’ll have fond childhood memories of reading the enchanting tales of Peter Rabbit and his friends as a child and this beautiful 50p series really does do justice to those memorable tales.

4 years, and 14 coins later, the Beatrix Potter 50p coins remain one of the public’s favourite ever collection of coins.

Since The Royal Mint released the first Beatrix Potter 50ps in 2016, these charming coins have created a collecting frenzy, becoming increasingly sought-after to this day.

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that this is one of the stand-out coin series of all time, let alone the decade!

3. Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday £5

As a nation, we’ve celebrated Her Majesty the Queen’s landmark birthdays, jubilees and wedding anniversaries during her long and eventful reign.

Traditionally, the Queen’s birthday milestones are celebrated with £5 coins, as seen issued in both 1996 and 2006 to mark her 70th and 80th birthdays.

And so, this decade, when Queen Elizabeth II became the first British monarch to celebrate their 90th Birthday, the release of this £5 coin in 2016 was particularly special and hugely significant for collectors around the world.

This was the only official UK £5 coin to mark this special occasion, designed by acclaimed artist Christopher Hobbs, who captured the Queen’s love of flowers, showing nine roses – one for each decade of the Queen’s life.

4. 2015 Britannia £2

Britannia has a long standing history with British coinage, having featured on a British coin in one way or another for more than 300 years.

In 2008 she was surprisingly dropped from the 50p, despite a Daily Mail campaign to save her. However in February 2015 it was announced that Antony Dufort’s modern interpretation of Britannia would be making a triumphant return to British circulating coins, replacing the definitive £2 “Technology” design which had featured on the coin since 1997.

This was a very popular move from The Royal Mint, but it wasn’t until the mintage figures were announced that the real surprise was unveiled…

Only 650,000 of the 2015 dated Britannia £2 coins had been stuck for circulation, making it one of the rarest UK £2 coins ever!

The rarity and numismatic significance of this coin as the UK’s new definitive £2 means it had to earn a spot on our Top Five list.

5. The A-Z of Great Britain 10ps

In 2018, The Royal Mint sparked huge excitement across the nation with the surprise release of 26 brand new 10p coin designs.

Each coin design was created to represent an image of what makes Britain British from A – Angel of the North, all the way to Z – Zebra Crossing, and collectors quickly fell in love with these unique coins.

Figures for 2018 confirm that 220,000 of each design entered circulation, meaning each design is almost as rare as the Kew Gardens 50p – the UK’s rarest coin in circulation!

A further 2.1 million A-Z 10ps were released in 2019 overall, meaning there really aren’t many to go around and many collectors are struggling to come across them in their change as they are being snapped up so quickly.

The A-Z 10ps really have been one of the biggest numismatic talking points of the decade and so they just had to be included on our list. Have you been lucky enough to find any?

Of course there have been so many other incredible releases in the past 10 years and narrowing it down to just five was a tough job, but we certainly feel that these coins have got to be highlights of the last decade.

Let us know which coins would make it into your Top Five in the comments below!


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20 Comments

  1. Pete on January 20, 2020 at 9:10 am

    Glad I bought the whole set in one go. Otherwise I would have only had 1 coin in my change.
    Got to be a good buy, now I am aware of the limited numbers released.



  2. Jason on January 19, 2020 at 8:19 pm

    Do coins actually sell? I have loads of £2 and 50p’s as well as the letter coins, I dont do anything with them but believe some can sell for big money



    • Alexandra Siddons on January 20, 2020 at 3:48 pm

      Hi Jason,

      Coin collecting has always been a popular hobby and with the introduction of the Olympic 50ps and Beatrix Potter 50ps, it seems there a new wave of coin collectors who are interested in all sorts of coins!

      We can’t give valuations on coins but we advise looking at the coin’s mintage figures and it’s ‘sold’ listings on the secondary market. You can find out more helpful tips on valuing your own coins here: https://www.changechecker.org/2018/08/02/could-i-be-minted-the-6-point-guide-to-valuing-your-coin/ 🙂



  3. Martin on January 17, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    You should try living in NI. We don’t seem to have the same access to coins as the mainland. I did buy the full A-Z 10p 2018 set as no-one I know has seen any of these coins here and I have relatives who work in the bank. A lot of the newer 50ps seem to be almost non exsistant here as well. Find one in your change is ultimately the lure to collecting change.Having said that, I’m still always looking



    • Alexandra Siddons on January 20, 2020 at 3:56 pm

      Hi Martin, it’s great to hear you’re a keen collector! There are currently 220,000 of each 2018 A-Z 10p design out there (according to the 2018 mintage figures) making them almost as rare as the Kew Gardens which has just 210,000! These are tricky coins to find as they’re very popular with collectors like yourselves! Keep on searching, you never know what you may come across in your change 🙂



  4. Martin Barlow on January 17, 2020 at 1:26 pm

    I travel all over the country and still have not seen a A to Z 10p note of all my friends who collect coins where are they



    • Rachel Hooper on January 17, 2020 at 1:35 pm

      They are so hard to find. Have you considered joining the Change Checker Community to see if any collectors will swap with you to help you get hold of some?



    • Sheila McMillan on January 17, 2020 at 11:56 pm

      We were led to believe that the 20p A-Z coins would be in general circulation but sadly we were misled!
      Hardly anyone has seen any of them. Was it just a scam for them to make money from us collectors who eventually bought the complete set as we would never have seen them otherwise?



      • Sheila McMillan on January 17, 2020 at 11:57 pm

        That should read 10p not 2p



      • Alexandra Siddons on January 20, 2020 at 3:54 pm

        Hi Sheila, it’s great to hear you’re a keen collector! There are currently 220,000 of each 2018 A-Z 10p design out there (according to the 2018 mintage figures) making them almost as rare as the Kew Gardens which has just 210,000! These are tricky coins to find as they’re very popular with collectors like yourselves! Keep on searching, you never know what you may come across in your change 🙂



    • Hazel on February 2, 2020 at 1:52 pm

      Hi I managed to get 3 bags in the post office when they first came out but nearly all the same letter, and over the last 18 months I have managed to swap them on change checker to get a couple of sets for my grand children but taken a long time as you don’t know what year people have got and usually its the opposite to what I need



  5. Philip Marsh on January 16, 2020 at 5:56 pm

    After 2 year I still haven’t seen any of the A to Z coins in Bournemouth. I did buy the complete Olympic 50p set with the collector medal.



    • Rachel Hooper on January 17, 2020 at 8:06 am

      Hi Philip, it’s such a shame. I’m yet to find one in my change either. I imagine many of them will have been snapped up by collectors – similar to the Olympic 50ps.



      • Jane on January 18, 2020 at 8:26 pm

        Super article! Just love coins! After weeks of no sign of 10ps I got the 10p set – like many others including my mum in the next county! On asking about any 10ps in their tills I heard from 2 separate post office counter staff, both saying how they had found and completed 10p collections, that most 10ps were snapped up by them and their colleagues for their personal collections before they had a chance to enter our world! Shame for us public collectors.



      • Alexandra Siddons on January 20, 2020 at 3:50 pm

        Hi Jane,
        We’re glad you liked this blog! The A-Z 10p coins are very popular amongst collectors and with such low mintage figures, they can be tricky to find! Keep searching though, you never know what you may come across in your change! 🙂



    • Dave on January 17, 2020 at 8:17 am

      I am in Plymouth and travel around a lot in the UK and have yet to find a 10p within my change thou ..



    • George Cooper on January 17, 2020 at 10:47 pm

      Hi Philip, I’m also in Bournemouth. Still not seen an A to Z, Olympic or Britannia £2 in my change. I have been looking…



      • Alexandra Siddons on January 20, 2020 at 3:55 pm

        Hi George, it’s great to hear you’re a keen collector! These are tricky coins to find as they’re very popular with collectors like yourselves and have such low mintage figures! Keep on searching though, you never know what you may come across in your change 🙂



  6. Clive Morris on January 16, 2020 at 9:17 am

    I make that 70 coins rather than 5



    • Rachel Hooper on January 16, 2020 at 11:45 am

      Yes, we couldn’t pick an individual coin from each of the Olympic 50p, Beatrix Potter 50p and A-Z 10p series as they are all so wonderful! Do you have a favourite from each?