Rarest A-Z 10p coins revealed! 2019 Mintage Figures Update

Exciting news! The Royal Mint have revealed the latest mintage figures for 2019 coins!

Three 50p coins entered circulation in 2019 and collectors across the nation have been debating how rare each one might be.

What’s more, we were all eagerly awaiting the reveal of the mintage figures for the 2019 A-Z 10p coins.

But now the official figures have been revealed and it looks like there are some particularly rare ones we should be looking out for…

The Rarest A-Z 10p Coins!

Whilst each of the 2018 dated A-Z 10p coins had the same mintage of 220,000, this year the mintages are varied among the designs!

Collectors who have managed to find the 2019 dated Q, W, Y, Z, and R 10p coins will be delighted to see that these have a lower mintage than the other 21 designs from that year.

The 2019 World Wide Web, Yeoman Warders and Zebra Crossing 10p coins all have a mintage of JUST 63,000! When you compare that to the rarest 50p in circulation, the Kew Gardens 50p, which has a circulating mintage of 210,000, it puts into perspective just how rare these 10p coins are.

When you combine the 2018 and 2019 mintages for these coins, it confirms that a total of 283,000 of each design has entered circulation.

The other 10p coins to look out for are the Robin and Queuing 10p, with a 2019 mintage of 64,000 and 83,000 respectively.

Are you lucky enough to have these coins in your change? Let us know in the comments below!

50p Mintage Update

Sherlock and Paddington Join the Chart!

The Paddington Bear coins are some of the most popular 50ps in recent years and collectors have been waiting to find out just how rare they are.

It’s now been confirmed that 9,001,000 of each 2019 design (Paddington at the Tower and Paddington at St. Paul’s Cathedral) were issued into circulation.

Whilst these coins aren’t exactly rare, they are certainly a collector favourite, with children, parents, and 50p collectors alike all wanting to find all four coins from the series in their change. Have you got these coins in your collection? Let us know in the comments below!

The mintage figure for the 2019 Sherlock Holmes 50p has also been confirmed. 8,602,000 of these 50p coins, celebrating the 160th anniversary of the birth of author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, were struck for circulation.

What about the Olympic 50ps?

In 2012, the release of the Olympic 50p series kick started a collecting frenzy across the nation.

It’s estimated that around 75% of these coins have been removed from circulation by collectors which means they are incredibly sought-after, especially considering these 50ps have some of the lowest mintage figures in circulation…

Many of the Olympic 50ps have a mintage less than 2,000,000 with the rarest (the Olympic Football 50p) having a mintage of just 1,125,500.

2011 Olympic Football 50p. Mintage: 1,125,500

Taking these rare 50ps into consideration, the 2018 Peter Rabbit and Flopsy Bunny coins would sit in joint sixth position, below the Kew Gardens, Football, Wrestling, Judo and Triathlon 50ps.

£2 Coin Update

As well as updating the 50p mintage figures, The Royal Mint also revealed that no £2 coins were issued into circulation in 2019.

There have been no new £2 coins issued into circulation since 2016, which may in part be due to the introduction of the new 12-sided £1 coin in 2017.

2016 Britannia £2

It was recently confirmed that The Royal Mint has no plans to strike any £2 coins for circulation for the next 10 years, so unfortunately, there may not be any mintage updates for this denomination for a while.

No 1p or 2p coins entered circulation in 2018 either, perhaps suggesting it’s time we question what the future has in store for our beloved coppers.

Have you been lucky enough to find any of these coins in your change? It’s always exciting when new mintage figures are revealed and your realise just how rare the change in your pocket really is!

We’ll be updating the Change Checker Scarcity Index this month and it will be exciting to see how these new figures impact the index.

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

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  1. Mr Alan Plater on March 2, 2021 at 1:52 pm

    I find the amount of 50ps overwhelming, so I have decided to sell my collection, which includes the offside football, plus many other rarities, there must be over 200, so if anyone is interested, just let me know, I will only consider selling the whole collection together!!

  2. Ian on February 19, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Hear you go chaps red hot tip, I bought 4 silver bu Angel and Bond 10p coins (2018) on Monday plus 3 Tea 10p (2018). These were bought from Chester Le Street post office when I asked they stated they found a box of coins and put them up for sale, yesterday they still had 12 of these coins for sale all silver Angel and Bond they are selling them for only £10. They also had 1 Oak bu coin for sale for £2 so if anyone lives close and want a a bargain telephone them or pop in hope this helps some one.

  3. Sonya Mcveigh on February 15, 2021 at 7:05 pm

    I have a full set of 2018 and 2019 (A-Z) coins with a couple of extra coins that I liked. They are not part of a card set as I bought them off eBay but they are immaculate condition. How much are they worth.

  4. Rod Fraser on February 13, 2021 at 6:19 pm

    Well I have never seen any A to Z 10ps turn up in Lancashire. My Bank said that they had never had any either. I do have a set of 2019 that I purchased last year so I have done well with hind sight.
    I notice that the Blue Peter issued 50p does not get much of a mention but the Second issue SYO Newton 50p does even though they are both not for circulation..

  5. Ethan Kealey on February 11, 2021 at 2:48 pm

    how come there are no NIFC mintage figures for the 50P sacristy index as there are also some are 50ps that were not introduced into circulation (e.g. the 2020 team gb)

  6. Adrian Charlton on February 8, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Good to see the latest mintages from RM. How many A-Z Completer Medals has Change Checker/Westminster Collection issued? It would be interesting to know this as well.

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 15, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      Hi Adrian,

      As the completer medals were only issued within the uncirculated sets, we currently don’t have these numbers available. Once The Royal Mint confirm the mintages for uncirculated issues, we’ll be able to update you.

      Best regards,

  7. George Blunt on February 6, 2021 at 3:49 pm

    This change checker ballot, love the idea. I am sure I entered this before so I entered yesterday bought some coins today and my entry has gone, I have re-entered today, is this right?

    Kind regards

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 9, 2021 at 1:30 pm

      Hi George,

      So sorry to hear you had an issue with your ballot. As long as you have re-entered, then your account will be included in the ballot draw.

      Best regards,

  8. Russ on February 5, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Just wondered why W was put at the top of the tree when Y and Z are equal mintages, it just makes W look like the most rare, shouldn’t all 3 share the top spot? Just a thought, thanks.

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 5, 2021 at 11:18 am

      Hi Russ,

      The images bear no relation to the order of rarity – just randomised 🙂


  9. D Brookes on February 5, 2021 at 1:48 am

    I have the set of all 4 Paddington’s in solid silver and colour, do you know how many of those were minted? I’ve also began collecting the worlds first silver rectangular 50p’s depicting the Bayeux Tapestry, would they do montage figures for those either please? Thanks

    • Terry Mcelligott on March 2, 2021 at 6:48 pm

      All silver proof coins have the limited edition mintage figures on a card included with them when purchased. They also have the mint issue number of each paticular coin. These will not be included in the circulated coin mintage numbers. This will be the same for the rectangular coins too.

  10. Phillip Finney on February 3, 2021 at 1:33 pm

    I live in east Gwent I work in retail only ever seen two alphabet ten pence coin Only live a few miles from the mint Not many about in Wales

  11. Pauline Field on February 3, 2021 at 9:51 am

    I have not seen an a – z 10p coin of any date of course it doesn’t help when some people have 14 sets and spares. Pauline Field

  12. Iain on February 2, 2021 at 11:31 pm

    2020 1p my highlight so far this year.

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 5, 2021 at 11:01 am

      Congratulations on this find Iain!

  13. Nige on February 2, 2021 at 10:14 pm

    I’m missing only 5 of the 2018 A – Z 10p coins.

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 5, 2021 at 11:01 am

      Wow that’s a great A-Z 10p collection! Here’s hoping you complete it 🙂

  14. Mr Andrew Shackleton on February 2, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    I have searched high and low for these 10p coins, and have found just 2 !! I can’t see the point in such limited circulation (in both number and region) – it just spoils the fun of actually finding one in your change. Most will be in the hands of collectors by now. Lost my enthusiasm for collecting as a result.

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 5, 2021 at 10:58 am

      Hi Andrew,

      Sorry to hear you’re losing your enthusiasm. It’s been a challenging year for coin collecting as we’ve not been able to go out and exchange coins as much as we’re used to. We’ve heard of people still finding the A-Z 10p coins in their change, so don’t be discouraged. They are out there, just a little trickier to find. When things go back to normal and people started using cash a lot more again, fingers crossed one lands in your change.

      We saw the introduction of the Brexit and the Diversity Built Britain 50p coins in 2020, so here’s hoping 2021 brings more circulating commemorative designs!

      There are some other ways to secure coins for your collection, like swapping with other collectors on the Change Checker Swap Centre, Facebook Community Group or by signing up to our Face Value Ballot, which will give you the chance of owning new issue 50p and £2 coins for just face value. You can find out more here: https://www.changechecker.org/2019/05/01/your-chance-to-own-the-latest-uk-new-issue-50p-and-2-coins-for-face-value/

      Best regards,

    • Les kent on February 20, 2021 at 9:12 pm

      Hi Andrew
      IF you really are interested in collecting why don’t you start by collecting the shield sets, there are 16 to collect so far including two sets for 2015 most of them can be found in your change but if my memory serves 2016, 17 &18 50p will cost you a bob or two and you can also collect the old shield round £1 coins to up to 1916, that’s one lot and you could also collect all the small stuff 1p up to as far as you want to go, try it if it doesn’t work you can always spend it, just a suggestion , good luck.

    • Terry McElligott on March 2, 2021 at 6:54 pm

      Same here, only ever found one in my change and nobody I know has ever found more than one, the same one funnily ‘Q’. The worst thing is I purchased the £10 album to house them in. It’s looking very lonely on it’s own.

  15. Jim on February 2, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    Good to see these figures released by the RM and thanks for your quick work interpreting them. Big mintage for the “shield” 50p – shame it couldn’t have been shared out amongst the many commems that came out in 2019 but not issued for circ. As for the “coppers” I was very pleased to get my first 2020 dated Penny in change just the other day, be interesting to see their mintage next year.

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 5, 2021 at 10:54 am

      Hi Jim,

      Glad you enjoyed the blog!

      Indeed, some very big numbers for the shield design! Here’s hoping 2021 brings us some commemorative 50ps, as we had the Brexit and Diversity 50p last year! How exciting that you’ve found a 2020 dated penny in your change – i’m yet to find one but you’ve inspired me to keep searching!

      Best regards,

  16. Clive on February 2, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Apart from the complete sets that I purchased I have not seen a single A-Z 10p from either 2018 or 2019. Coin collecting has become a very expensive hobby – there are more coin designs released with each successive year and yet fewer and fewer are actually being circulated. The only way to collect them now is to pay far above their face value.

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 5, 2021 at 10:53 am

      Hi Clive,

      We understand your frustrations about less coins entering circulation. As our name suggests, we’d love for more coins to be out in the wild. Luckily we saw some 50ps enter circulation last year and hopefully this year brings more good news.

      Change Checker set up their Face Value coin ballot to give collectors the chance of owning new issue coins for just Face Value. It’s simple to sign-up if you’re interested: https://www.changechecker.org/2019/05/01/your-chance-to-own-the-latest-uk-new-issue-50p-and-2-coins-for-face-value/

      Best regards,

      • Clive Morris on February 16, 2021 at 9:37 am

        Thanks Alex, already signed up to the ballot and have been lucky enough to win a couple of times, including the most recent ballot for the decimalisation coin (one of my favourite designs by the way).I do love my coins but in recent years have become increasingly annoyed at the sheer number of designs being released, many of which are only being released to fund the Royal Mint! There is a real danger that future numismatists are being priced out of the hobby.

      • Alexandra Siddons on February 22, 2021 at 8:27 am

        Hi Clive,

        Congratulations on your ballot wins! What coins did you win?

        We share your frustrations with less coins entering circulation at the moment but we’re remaining hopeful that when life starts to return back to normal, we’ll see a resurgence in cash flow and therefore a demand for new coins to enter circulation.

        Let’s keep our fingers crossed!


      • Terry McElligott on March 2, 2021 at 7:04 pm

        Hi Alex, I signed up for the face value ballot when first heard about it but unfortunately have never been picked to receive one. Have been collecting with Westminster for years.

      • Alexandra Siddons on March 3, 2021 at 3:46 pm

        Hi Terry,

        Fingers crossed you’re a lucky winner of the ballot soon 🙂


  17. Jim Goulden on February 2, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    I have yet to find any of the alphabet coins in my change

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 5, 2021 at 10:49 am

      Keep searching Jim! They’re out there just a little tricky to find 🙂

  18. Jim on February 2, 2021 at 5:00 pm

    I have the tea 10p

    • D Brookes on February 5, 2021 at 1:45 am

      I have the set of all 4 Paddington’s in solid silver and colour, do you know how many of those were minted? I’ve also began collecting the worlds first silver rectangular 50p’s depicting the Bayeux Tapestry, would they do montage figures for those either please? Thanks

  19. Philip Marsh on February 2, 2021 at 4:55 pm

    Still haven’t seen a letter 10p in Bournemouth. Waste of time trying to collect ghosts.

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 2, 2021 at 5:18 pm

      Hi Philip,

      Keep searching! I found an A-Z 10p in Bournemouth in the summer so they are still out there, just a little trickier than other coins to find.

      Best regards,

      • Paula Clark on February 2, 2021 at 9:49 pm

        I have both sets of the A – Z 10p coins uncirculated. I’ve also found a fair few 10p’s in my change.

  20. CHEZO on February 2, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    What a cop out with team tower & St. Paul’s RIP Christopher collects

    What team were you 😉

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 2, 2021 at 5:19 pm

      We couldn’t possibly side!

      • Chris J on February 2, 2021 at 9:10 pm

        Have 2 myself, D and U I believe. CJ, Oxfordshire

      • Alexandra Siddons on February 5, 2021 at 11:00 am

        Great additions to your collection, CJ!

    • Lloyd DragonForce on February 5, 2021 at 12:42 am

      I said it would be equal mintage of around 9 million each – nobody listened to me 🙂 CC even had a go at me (in a friendly way) when I suggested it!

  21. Lee dudhill on February 2, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    I have 14 full sets of these and approx 200 spare coins, i was lucky enough to have a friend who worked in the post office, the 2018 coins only got distributed to post offices.

    • Nigel on February 2, 2021 at 5:50 pm

      Don’t suppose you would sell me 5 letters Lee.I need A,G,M,N,O all from the 2018 releases.I don’t have any of the 2019 set.

    • phil neary on February 2, 2021 at 6:37 pm

      are you selling any?

  22. Christopher Jenkins on February 2, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Well I have to say I have yet to see any a-z coins I personally don’t think they exist

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 2, 2021 at 5:19 pm

      They are particularly tricky to find but we promise they are out there! Keep searching, you never know what you’ll come across in your change 🙂

  23. Brian on February 2, 2021 at 4:20 pm

    Do the Royal Mint reveal how many of uncirculated coins they have sold to collectors?
    Also does the numbers in circulation include those sold BU in sets or separately to collectors?

    • Alexandra Siddons on February 2, 2021 at 5:20 pm

      Hi Brian,

      These numbers are purely for circulation, base metal condition coins. For BU and any other specifications, you would have to contact The Royal Mint.

      Best regards,