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The UK’s Top 10 Rarest Coins in Circulation

Which coins should you be looking out for in your change?

We’ve taken a look at the mintage figures for UK coins to find out which ones are the rarest in circulation...

The UK's Top 10 Rarest Coins in Circulation

What you might be surprised by is that on our top 10 list, just 1 out of the 10 coins is a 50p!

The rarest UK coin currently in circulation is the Kew Gardens 50p, but the 9 rarest coins after that are actually £2s.

Whilst 50p coins are very popular amongst collectors at the moment, it’s certainly worth noting that it is in fact the £2 coins which you should be keeping your eyes peeled for, as some of the ones you can find in your change are very rare.

Other rare coins to look out for

Of course, this doesn’t take into account the rare error coins that have been found in circulation, such as:

Whilst exact mintage figures for these error coins may be unknown, we can assume that they could each be rare enough to find themselves near the top of the list.

A-Z of Great Britain 10p coins

The UK's Top 10 Rarest Coins in Circulation
A-Z of Great Britain 10p coins

It’s also worth noting that whilst mintage figures for the individual designs haven’t been released, if we assume that each A-Z of Great Britain 10p has been struck in equal quantities, then there would be approximately 281,000 of each design.

This would put each A-Z 10p design in equal second place on the list of the top 10 rarest coins in circulation!

What about the coins no longer in circulation?

Currently the Kew Gardens 50p is the rarest coin in circulation, but did you know that it isn’t actually the UK’s rarest 50p?

This title goes to the 1992/93 UK EC Presidency 50p, with a mintage of just 109,000 – almost half of the Kew Gardens!

In 1997, 50p coins were redesigned in the smaller specification and this coin was demonetised, meaning it is no longer in circulation.

The UK's Top 10 Rarest Coins in Circulation
192/93 EC Presidency 50p

The same can be said of the 1989 Claim of Right £2, which was demonetized in 1997 when the bi-metallic £2 coin was introduced.

This coin has a mintage of 381,400 which makes it the rarest UK £2 and would put it in second place on the list if it were still in circulation.

The UK's Top 10 Rarest Coins in Circulation
1989 Claim of Right £2 – the UK’s rarest £2

Are you lucky enough to have any of the top 10 rarest coins in your collection? Or perhaps you’ve even been lucky enough to get your hands on the pre-1997 coins listed above. Let us know in the comments below!


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New Pence Two Pence – how much is the 1983 2p worth?

When the UK switched to decimal coinage in 1971, it was decided that the word ‘new’ would be included in the denomination on some of our coins to avoid confusion between the new decimal coinage and the old currency.

New Pence Two Pence - how much is the 1983 2p worth?

By 1982 the coins were no longer new so the word was dropped, and the 2p design changed from ‘New Pence’ to ‘Two Pence’.

A common misconception is that all ‘New Pence’ coins are rare, but in fact almost 1.5 billion of these coins were initially issued in 1971 and circulating mintage figures from decimalisation to 1981 (after which the design changed) are actually all in the hundreds of millions:

New Pence Two Pence - how much is the 1983 2p worth?

As you can see from the chart above, no 2p coins were issued for circulation between 1972 and 1974, so if you find one of these in your change it will actually be taken out of a Proof set, not intended for circulation.

1983 ‘New Pence’ Error 2p

After the design changed from ‘New Pence’ to ‘Two Pence’ in 1982, a mistake was made during production of a small number of 1983 coins…

These coins were actually struck with the old inscription – ‘New Pence’.

New Pence Two Pence - how much is the 1983 2p worth?
1983 2p mule in The Great British Coin Collection set. Credit: Lee Holt

Whilst it’s not known exactly how many of these error coins were struck, in 1983 2p coins were only struck for commemorative sets and not issued for circulation. Evidence seems to suggest that affected coins were issued as part of special souvenir sets that also did not enter general circulation – although if these sets were broken open and spent then you could be in with the chance of finding one in your change…

How much is it worth?

If you’re lucky enough to find a 1983 ‘New Pence’ 2p in your change, not only does the rarity of this coin make it more collectable, but the coin was also struck in uncirculated quality – meaning it won’t have the scratches and blemishes of circulation coins.

This means a collector would most likely be willing to pay a little more to get hold of one on the secondary market.

The individual 1983 2p coin has been known to sell for £500 – £700, however the 1983 coin sets have been known to sell for over £1,000 on the secondary market!

New Pence Two Pence - how much is the 1983 2p worth?

If you do decide to look for this coin on the eBay and other secondary market sites, beware of fraudsters looking to pass off a ‘New Pence’ 2p from any other date as a rare coin.

The image below shows a 1971 2p coin listed for £2,000! Although this coin might be considered more collectable as it was the first UK 2p ever issued, this also means that nearly 1.5 billion 1971 2p coins were struck, making it the most common 2p coin issued.

New Pence Two Pence - how much is the 1983 2p worth?

Remember that it’s the 1983 version of the coin which was struck in error and this is the one you should be looking out for.

Have you ever come across a 1983 ‘New Pence’ 2p coin? Let us know in the comments below!


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Vote for your favourite Paddington 50p!

Paddington Bear has been all over the news this week as the release of two brand new 2019 UK 50p coins won over the hearts of the nation.

Coin collectors and fans of the bear have been really eager to get their hands on the first coin in the 2019 series which has been released this week, and are looking forward to later in the year when the second coin will be released.

This dynamic duo follows up the hugely popular pair of 50p coins from last year.

In 2018 two Paddington 50p coins were issued to mark the 60th anniversary of Paddington’s first appearance in Michael Bond’s classic childhood tale.

So, now that we’ve seen the designs for all 4 coins, which Paddington 50p is your favourite?

*** UPDATE ***

Change Checkers have been voting and the winning Paddington 50p design has now been decided!

Vote for your favourite Paddington 50p!

And the Paddington coin which comes out on top is actually the 2018 Paddington at the Station 50p, taking 38% of the votes!

A very close second at 32% is the soon to be released Paddington at St Paul’s 50p. I’m sure Change Checkers will be keen to get their hands on this coin when it is released next month.

You can find out all the details about each of the Paddington 50ps below and let us know which one is your favourite in the comments.

2018 Paddington at the Station

Vote for your favourite Paddington 50p!
2018 Paddington at the Station 50p. Find out more about this coin here.

This is the first UK 50p coin ever to feature Paddington Bear!

In 2018, The Royal Mint released this brand new 50p coin to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Paddington Bear featuring in Michael Bond’s much-loved book, ‘A Bear Called Paddington’.

The coin’s design by David Knapton is based on the modern adaptation from the CGI-live action movie, featuring Paddington on his suitcase in front of the station, wearing the famous tag around his neck, which reads ‘Please look after this bear. Thank you.’

2018 Paddington at the Palace

Vote for your favourite Paddington 50p!
2018 Paddington at the Palace 50p. Find out more about this coin here.

Much to the delight of both coin collectors and Paddington fans, a second coin was issued as part of the 2018 Paddington 50p series.

This coin features Paddington Bear outside Buckingham palace, waving his Union Jack flag.

The always polite Paddington Bear has always been a family favourite and this coin pays tribute to the bear from Darkest Peru.

2019 Paddington at the Tower

Vote for your favourite Paddington 50p!
2019 Paddington at the Tower 50p. Find out more about this coin here.

Paddington’s London adventure continues into 2019 as two new UK Paddington 50p coins will be issued this year.

This is the first coin in the 2019 series, which has been released in August and will start circulating in our UK change based on demand.

Paddington can be seen outside the Tower of London (former home of The Royal Mint). David Knapton’s design beautifully captures the day this very British bear brought marmalade sandwiches with him on a trip to the Tower – an iconic image I’m sure you’ll agree.

2019 Paddington at St Paul’s Cathedral

Vote for your favourite Paddington 50p!
2019 Paddington at St Paul’s Cathedral

Whilst we know the design for this final coin in the 2019 Paddington series, we’ll have to wait a little while until the coin is released on the 12th September.

I’m sure collectors will be really keen to add this 2019 coin to their Paddington collection and continue his exploration around some of London’s most famous landmarks!

This coin shows the bear outside St Paul’s Cathedral and is inspired by Bond’s final book, “Paddington at St Paul’s” which was published last year to celebrate the 60th anniversary.

With four beautiful Paddington 50p coins to choose from, it’ll certainly be hard to pick a favourite, but we’re looking forward to seeing which design comes out on top when Change Checkers vote in our poll!


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