The 2022 Change Checker Awards were opened to celebrate the very best collectors of Queen Elizabeth II coins.
It’s been wonderful to see all your entries – a testament to all the fantastic UK coins we’ve seen issued during Her Late Majesty’s reign. And, of course, your dedication to our beloved hobby!
But our well deserved winners have now been selected…
Change Checker of the Year
Jack Follows has built an incredible collection of Queen Elizabeth II coins, including the now-out-of-circulation round pounds.
We loved his tribute to Her Late Majesty, so a huge congratulations goes to him as he takes the crown as this year’s Change Checker of the Year!
Junior Change Checker of the Year
In another touching tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, Hector Kirk Wiggins, spelt out the royal cypher, EIIR with his impressive coin collection.
A huge congratulations to you Hector as you are this year’s victorious Junior Change Checker.
You’ll be taking home a personalized engraved Change Checker trophy, a Complete Change Checker Collecting Kit, a Change Checker Phonoscope, the King Charles III 50p, FA Cup £2, and Peter Rabbit £5 coin and lastly, a set of 9 Trading Cards!
But of course, you’ve also won the all-important Coin Collector Magazine subscription. A huge thanks again to All About Coins for gifting our Change Checker and Junior Change Checker of the Year this fantastic prize.
From the Music Legends coins, to the definitive set, Finley Dickinson’s collection of Queen Elizabeth II coins is very impressive!
Congratulations Finley, you’re our Junior Change Checker of the Year runner up!
Keep up the great work and we look forward to seeing your collection build even more.
Paul McLeod’s collection of Queen Elizabeth II coins is so large that it nearly fills a whole bed!
It’s fantastic to see some Change Checker Trading Cards in there too!
Congratulations Paul, you’re our Change Checker of the Year runner up.
A huge congratulations to our winners and runners up! Keep up the great work. Your prizes are on their way to you!
2022 Coin Design of the Year
This year, we asked you to vote for your overall 2022 coin design!
It’s been great to see the coins that you guys have been loving this year but of course, there can only be one winner...
The Pride 50p!
Taking 13.3% of the votes, this circulation 50p is your favourite coin from 2022.
It was issued earlier this year to mark 50 years since the very first Pride march in London.
5 million Pride 50p coins have entered circulation. Have you found it? Let us know in the comments!
In second spot is the BBC 50p, which saw sell-outs across limited edition presentations within just hours of issues.
And to no surprise, the first 50p to feature King Charles III also comes in the top 3.
This coin has – today – entered circulation! Just 4.9 million coins are out there. Increase your chances of finding it by using our collector map >>
A big thank you once again to AllAboutCoins for supporting us this year and of course a huge congratulations to all of our winners and all the fantastic entries we had this year.
We’d like to thank each and every one of you for your continued support in 2022 and hope that 2023 is a fantastic year of Change Checking for you all!
Never miss a UK coin issue!
Today, an estimated 4.9 million 50ps entered circulation bearing the first portrait of King Charles III! Have you found it?
This is the first coin in His Majesty’s reign to enter circulation, meaning collectors will be racing to find to it.
An estimated 4.9 million coins are being distributed via post offices – with the potential for more to enter circulation.
However, this will only happen if there is demand, or if previous Queen Elizabeth II coins become damaged or worn and need replacing.
Let us know where you found this coin by popping your postcode in our form below to see your King Charles III 50p appear on our UK coin collector map.
We’ll update this regularly, so if you haven’t yet found the coin, you can keep track of where, and how quickly these coins are moving around the country.
The King Charles III 50p Collector Map
Let us know where you found the King Charles III 50p!
How much is the 50p worth?
Any avid collectors knows the worth of a scarce coin.
But, how much is the new King Charles III 50p worth? Find out on our blog >>
Swap your coins for the King Charles III 50p in our Facebook Community Group!
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!
Display your 50p in the First Effigy Collecting Pack!
As soon as you find the KCIII 50p in your change, you can slot it into your First Effigy 50p collecting pack, alongside the King Charles III £5 coin.
The journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters has begun, with the brand new 2022 UK Hogwarts Express 50p.
Continue reading to discover why it’s not just Harry Potter fans that are rushing to get their hands on this coin…
First introduced 25 years ago, in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the Hogwarts Express is estimated to have transported students to the famous wizarding school, no less than SIX times a year.
And so iconic is this train, that Jim Kay dedicated the entire cover and two full pages of his fully illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone to it.
It’s also been celebrated in the UK Harry Potter 50p series – the first-ever UK coins to celebrate the famous wizard.
Excitingly, this brand-new coin is a mirror image of Jim Kay’s 2015 illustrated book.
Last individual QEII UK commemorative 50p
This 50p has been confirmed to be the last individual UK commemorative 50p to feature Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait on the obverse. This is sure to make this individual coin highly sought-after.
But the whole Harry Potter 50p series has a very interesting story…
It’s unlike any other.
The series includes both Queen Elizabeth II and King Charles III’s portraits on them.
The Harry Potter and Hogwarts Express 50p coins feature the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.
However, the coins issued next year (Albus Dumbledore and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry 50ps) will feature King Charles III’s portrait on the obverse.
This is sure to make the series even more popular with collectors, as they race to collect the last UK commemorative QEII coins, alongside some of the very first KCIII coins.
Special lenticular feature on 2022 UK Hogwarts Express 50p
Unique to the Harry Potter 50p series, a lightning bolt lenticular feature appears on the reverse design of the 2022 UK Hogwarts Express 50p coin.
When tilted, the lightning bolt transforms into the number 25, in celebration of the first book’s anniversary.
This has been catching the attention of collectors since it first appeared on the 2022 UK Harry Potter 50p.
The best way to view this lenticular feature is with the Change Checker Phone Magnifier!
It works by clipping onto a mobile device, and magnifying the camera, allowing you to see the incredible small detail of the Hogwarts Express 50p!
It’s believed the lenticular feature will also appear on the 2023 Harry Potter 50p coins.
Combining the intricate reverse design, with QEII’s portrait and a special lenticular feature, this coin is set to be in high demand…
Will you be adding this brand-new coin to your collection? Let us know in the comments!
Fill the gaps in your Harry Potter 50p collection!
You can even pre-order the final two Harry Potter coins, ahead of their release next year.