The biggest movers EVER! Your Scarcity Index Update…

It’s time for your latest Scarcity Index update, where we reveal the UK’s most sought-after circulation coins of the last three months! As we continue to go out and spend more cash, we’ve seen some BIG movers and shakers on our Scarcity Index.

One 50p now holds the title as the biggest EVER mover since our Scarcity Index started! And, there’s some HUGE movers on our A-Z 10p Index too…

You can use the updated A-Z 10p, 50p and £2 indexes below to discover how sought-after the coins in your collection really are.

This information has been compiled using data from the Change Checker Swap Centre and presented in the easy to use indexes below, with arrows to signify how many places up or down a coin has moved since the last Scarcity Index.

50p Scarcity Index

The latest 50p Scarcity Index. Dated 22nd February 2022.

Whilst the top of our 50p Index has remained relatively untouched, there have been some big shakeups to the rest of the coins!

The Olympic Shooting 50p has dropped by an astonishing 24 places, which is the biggest mover EVER on our Scarcity Index since it started.

We’ve also seen the Olympic Volleyball 50p and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 50p coins climb 10 and 12 places respectively making these the ones to watch.

With lots of big movers on our 50p Index, and the recent release of the Platinum Jubilee 50p into circulation, it’s a reminder to keep checking your change as you never know what treasure you’ll discover.

When we have a confirmed total mintage figure for the Platinum Jubilee 50p, we’re excited to see this brand new coin make its Scarcity Index debut.

A-Z 10p Scarcity Index

The latest A-Z 10p Index. Dated 22nd February 2022.

There are some HUGE movers on the A-Z 10p Scarcity Index this quarter!

In the biggest shake up we’ve ever seen on our 10p Index the Postbox 10p has climbed an incredible 19 places!

Other big movers also include the K for King Arthur 10p, having climbed 13 places, and the Fish and Chips 10p which has climbed 10 places too!

The Robin 10p has been bumped off the top spot by the Zebra Crossing design, which has a 2019 mintage of just 63,000, making it one of the rarest A-Z 10p coins!

Regardless of where they feature in the above index, if you have any of the A-Z 10ps in your collection you should consider yourself very lucky. A maximum of only 304,000 of each design entered circulation!

Other key movers include the Union Jack 10p which has been bumped down 15 places and the G, H, and I 10p coins have also climbed up 8 coins each.

£2 Scarcity Index

The latest £2 Scarcity Index. Dated 22nd February 2022

Despite a quite last quarter for the £2 coins, this Scarcity Index update sees lots of movers across the middle and top of the board. We’ve even seen all but one of the Commonwealth Games coins shuffle around!

The Commonwealth Games Wales £2 has moved up by 7 places and the Wireless Transmission £2 has also climbed by 6 places!

Another coin to watch is the Great Fire of London £2 which has jumped up 5 places!

How your Scarcity Index works

Generally collectors have had to rely upon mintage figures to identify the scarcest coins.  But they only tell part of the story.  Trying to find a good quality coin from 15 – 20 years ago, even for a higher mintage issue, is much more challenging than a more recent issue, as coins become damaged over time and are ultimately removed from circulation.

Additionally, some designs are more hoarded than others by people who might not normally collect coins – the poignant First World War £2 Coin series being an example. Finally, it can be up to a couple of years before the Royal Mint eventually confirms the actual mintage for an issue.

That’s why we have combined the mintage information with two other key pieces of information.

  • How many of each design are listed as “collected” by Change Checkers, indicating the relative ease of finding a particular coin.
  • The number of times a design has been requested as a swap over the previous 3 months, showing the current level of collector demand.

Importantly, as new coins are released and popularity rises and falls across different designs the Scarcity Index will be updated quarterly allowing Change Checkers to track the relative performance of the UK’s circulation coins.

How much are my coins worth?

The Scarcity Index does not necessarily equate to value but it is certainly an effective indicator.  For example, the Kew Gardens 50p coin commands a premium of up to 200 times face value on eBay.

You can use the 6 point guide to help you determine a more realistic value for your coins.

What about £1 Coins?

The £1 Scarcity Index has already been published for the Round £1 coins and, because they are no longer being issued, this is now set in stone.

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  1. Les kent on March 7, 2022 at 3:21 pm

    Hi Alex
    A bit information please if you can, I am thinking of selling my comprehensive coin collection and
    apart from the 2p new p and the inverted Britannia £2, and a lot of the £5 coins after 2015, I have every other coin and set which includes every rare coin you can think of along with every 50p minted to date!That’s 190 different British 50p coins, so that is every coin and pack from 1969 to 2022, the Olympic set is a circulated set and everything else is BU and Proof.
    We’re or how would you sudgest the best way to be to sell them please.

  2. Robert Bellis on February 23, 2022 at 4:51 pm

    Where would be the best place to sell my 50p rare and £2 rear (like N.Ireland commonwealth games)

  3. Hazel on February 23, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    Hi got a very large collection of coins even the old round coins .what is the best way to get valued

  4. Raymond Jones on February 22, 2022 at 6:03 pm

    Hi, Chris and Tim. What you say about Kent and Cheshire is true for our part of North Yorkshire, too. Where have they all gone?

  5. John Davies on February 22, 2022 at 10:13 am

    Why isn’t blue Peter 50p not included only 19,200 minted scarcer than Kew gardens ?

    • Alexandra on February 22, 2022 at 10:50 am

      Hi John,

      The UK Athletics 50p issued as part of the London 2012 Olympic series, has a circulating mintage of 2,224,000. This was a design that was created by a Blue Peter competition winner. Is this the coin you’re referring to?


      • Stuart Bagshaw on February 22, 2022 at 5:30 pm

        Hi Alex
        I would guess John is referring to the 2009 Blue Peter Carded pre olympic issues and not the 2012 issue.

  6. Steven Kennedy on February 22, 2022 at 10:05 am

    Sorry to be pedantic but Technology has been listed in last place on the 50p list…

    • Alexandra on February 22, 2022 at 10:46 am

      Hi Steven,

      Good spot! This was a mistake – we’ve updated our Index now 🙂


  7. Chris Jenkins on February 22, 2022 at 9:53 am

    Hi gang
    Can you please tell me if anyone in Kent as ever seen a A To Z 10p coin
    I have been hunting out said coins and as yet nobody I’ve asked as

    • Tim on February 22, 2022 at 11:25 am

      Hi Chris, I’m in Cheshire and too have never seen any coin in this series despite checking even in the grandchildrens play money.

      • Chris on February 22, 2022 at 5:52 pm

        The Blue Peter 50p in the presentation packs have a different date on than any of the Olympic 50p coins including Blue Peter ones that went into circulation

    • George on February 22, 2022 at 2:35 pm

      Hi Chris
      I got 1 10p coin from a Morrisons store in kent about 18 months ago (teapot).

    • John Pearce on February 22, 2022 at 5:26 pm

      Hi Chris

      I too live in Kent and if it wasn’t for the fact that I purchased a BUNC set of the first versions, I wouldn’t believe they even exist. I have never had a single coin given to me in change when shopping or from anywhere else.

  8. Alex on February 22, 2022 at 9:38 am

    What does the technology 50p look like?

    • Alexandra on February 22, 2022 at 10:47 am

      Hi Alex,

      Apologies – this was a mistake on our Index. We have updated it now 🙂

  9. John Gunton on February 22, 2022 at 9:36 am

    What about the £5 scarcity index?

    • Alexandra on February 22, 2022 at 10:46 am

      Hi John,

      Our Scarcity Index is only for circulating UK coins 🙂

      Hope this helps,