Charles in your Change – where will you find a KCIII 50p and how much is it worth?

A new UK 50p has entered circulation featuring King Charles III’s portrait for the first time – but collectors are wondering, “how much is it worth?”

Obverse/reverse of King Charles III 50p.
The 2022 UK Charles III Obverse Portrait on a UK 50p

Special collector versions of the coins have already been issued and their limited edition presentations sold out within JUST HOURS!

4.9 million of these very 50ps will begin circulating from December.

You all know how many people will want this coin.

So, it could be tricky to get your hands on one.

How will you find the new KCIII 50p?

That’s why Change Checker is launching our Charles in your Change campaign – helping you collectors increase your chances of finding this 50p.

The Charles in your Change campaign image.
Showing Alex to the left, 'Change Checker' and 'Charles in your Change' logos in the centre, above the KCIII 50p obverse/reverse. Rachel is pictured to the far right.

We’re asking the UK public to register where in the country they found it.

This will help us to update our collector map showing the best hot spots to find the new coin.

Example of Change Checker's King Charles III coin map.
Example of Change Checker’s King Charles III coin map. For illustrative purposes only.

We’ll update this every week, so you can keep track of where, and how quickly these coins are moving around the country.

Find out more here >>

What will the King Charles III 50p be worth?

Any avid collectors knows the worth of a scarce coin.

A look at the Change Checker Scarcity Index will show you just how sought-after UK coins can be.

The coin at the top of the 50p Scarcity Index is the Kew Gardens 50p – just 210,000 entered circulation in 2009 and they still (over 13 years later) fetch around £100 on secondary market sites.

Sold prices of the 2009 Kew Gardens 50p.
Two separate listings sold for £150 and £175 on eBay on 7th November 2022.
The 2009 Kew Gardens 50p recently sold for £150 and £175 on eBay.

The value of the King Charles III 50p depends on what someone is prepared to pay in the future – that’s part of the joy of collecting.

But, you can be sure that if you find one in your change, you’ll own a small piece of history – the very first coin of King Charles III’s reign. And remember, it’ll never be worth less than its face value of 50p.

When will there be more coins?

Look out for a new £1 coin design next year.

It’ll be the first new £1 design since 2017 and excitingly, the very first £1 coin that could feature King Charles III’s portrait on the obverse. Find out more here >>

And of course, look out for those definitive coins1p – £2 coins. They will, inevitably, be redesigned in the future to have His Majesty’s portrait on them.

The first definitive coins of a new monarch’s reign mark a significant moment in numismatic history. Consequently, collectors will be racing to find a complete set of definitive coins.

Swap your coins with other collectors

Swapping your coins with other collectors will help you fill any gaps you may have in your coin collections.

If people are lucky enough to find more than one King Charles III 50p in their change, they could be prepared to swap one.

So, if you do struggle to find the 50p in your change you should head the Change Checker Community Group on Facebook. You can get tips, tricks, and even swap with other collectors – completely for free!

Or, you can list your coin collection online with the Change Checker Web App. It’s free to use and will take less than 60 seconds to sign-up!

Display your KCIII 50p in the First Effigy Collecting Pack

Get the King Charles III First Effigy Collecting Pack for JUST £15.99 (+p&p) here >>

As soon as you find the KCIII 50p in your change, you can slot it into your collecting pack, alongside the King Charles III £5 coin.


  1. Les kent on December 20, 2022 at 11:14 am

    Hi all
    I got 4 King Charles 111 50p coins from a post office and I didn’t have to buy anything he just took £2 from me and gave me the coins, I got them in a Co-Op post. office in Lee -on -the -Solent right down the bottom of England opposite the Isle of White.

  2. GayandKeith Simmons on December 13, 2022 at 3:10 pm

    Why is there no year date on the new 50p?

    • Alexandra on December 16, 2022 at 8:56 am

      Hi there,

      The date features on the reverse, underneath the design.


      • Steve on December 20, 2022 at 11:59 am

        I have got a bag of 20 from my post office and there is no date on any of them!

      • Alexandra on December 21, 2022 at 9:18 am

        Hi Steve,

        the date should appear on the reverse of the design at the bottom.


  3. Claire on December 12, 2022 at 4:39 pm

    I got my coin in some change today in Warwickshire

  4. Jim on December 2, 2022 at 7:32 am

    It will be great to see the new Charles III 50p in circulation, but I don’t understand your statement that only 1 in 70 of us will be able to get hold of one – with a planned mintage of 9.6 million and a UK population around 68 million, surely the chance is better than that, more like 1 in 7. Be interesting to see how your map develops. I’ve got my Change Checker version already in my collection so any I get in change I will spend to let someone else find.

  5. Philip ginn on December 1, 2022 at 8:59 pm

    How do you work out 1 in 70 ? The coin is being released through the post office first of all, then the banks will have them on a later date. You go to post office and ask for one on your change

  6. Mike on December 1, 2022 at 7:39 pm

    Great information thankyou.

  7. Farhan on December 1, 2022 at 4:22 pm

    where I can get post office or bank ?

    • Alexandra on December 2, 2022 at 9:11 am

      You can go to both as soon as the coin has been confirmed to have entered circulation 🙂

  8. Cliff on December 1, 2022 at 1:25 pm

    As I live on a island is so had to get circulated coins. Thay rally on ship passages cameing over with UK money. So we’re are thay going in to circulation plz.thanks.
    O yes the f.v coins how do I no if I’m on it are not ?

    • Alexandra on December 2, 2022 at 9:14 am

      Hi Cliff,

      When the coin has been confirmed to have entered circulation, we should receive an update on how they’re being distributed. We can assume they will first be distributed from UK post offices and banks. Keeping an eye on our collector map will show you where the coins are being found around the country, giving you an idea of where your nearest hot-spot will be.

      You can call our customer service team and ask them to confirm if you’re on the Face Value Ballot: 0333 00 32 777