50p coins

The 2019 Paddington 50p – what we know so far…

The UK’s incredibly popular Paddington 50p coins are to be followed up by two brand new 2019 coins.

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According to the Royal Proclamation, published on 11th April, there will be two new Paddington coins released this year.

The designs are suggested to depict Paddington Bear outside the White Tower at the Tower of London and Paddington Bear outside St Paul’s Cathedral.

It’s expected the coins will be issued later this year with commemorative collector’s editions available in cupro-nickel, Silver and Gold being made available.

Paddington’s journey continues for 2019!

Straight from the darkest Peru, Paddington made his way to the London, and in June 2018 was spotted sat on his suitcase beside the trains at Paddington Station.

Later that year the bear was back, this time proudly waving a Union Jack Flag outside Buckingham Palace.

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His journey around London now continues as a new 50p coin is set to mark his latest adventures!

The next 50p collecting craze?

Although all the details have not been released yet and the actual designs are still top secret, following the popularity of last year’s coins, it seems likely that the latest Paddington 50p coin will be a real hit with the British public.

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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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Sign up today at: www.changechecker.org/app

Join us in Plymouth for the Peter Rabbit 50p Live Swap!

We’re excited to host our next Change Checker Live Coin Swap on the 13th of April at Drake Circus in Plymouth from 9am to 6pm.

We’re back on the road for another Change Checker Live Event and this time we’re in Plymouth swapping the brand new 2019 Peter Rabbit 50p.

Our next event takes place on Saturday 13th April at Drake Circus Shopping Centre, Plymouth from 9am to 6pm.

Join us there and swap ANY 50p coin for one of the brand new 2019 Peter Rabbit 50ps in Brilliant Uncirculated condition!

This coin won’t be entering circulation, so this is your chance to get hold of one for face value by swapping with us!

PLUS you’ll receive an exclusive voucher to SAVE £4.95 on the 2018 Beatrix Potter Complete Pack, including all four 50ps in Brilliant Uncirculated quality.

Please note: Swaps are limited to 1 per person, while stocks last.

Drake Circus Shopping Centre, Plymouth

Drake Circus in Plymouth is the West Country’s most popular shopping centre with over 70 of the UK’s top brand names and biggest stores in the region all under one roof.

You can find us in the Lower Atrium, at the location marked 3 on the map below:

Drake Circus has loads of places to stop and eat and has 1,270 parking spaces.

The shopping centre is situated in the heart of Plymouth, easily accessed by car and public transport.

The full address is: Drake Circus, 1 Charles Street, Plymouth, Devon, PL1 1EA

Can I swap more than one coin?

Such is the popularity of our Live Coin Swaps and to ensure that it is fair for everybody, we’ll be limiting the number of swaps to strictly 1 coin per person.

Will you be doing any more Live Coin Swaps?

That’s the plan!

We will be holding more Live Coin Swaps in the future and the plan is to visit a different area of the country each time, giving as many people as possible the opportunity to attend.

We look forward to seeing you there!


Secure your 2019 Peter Rabbit 50p today!

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Can’t wait to get your hands on the new Peter Rabbit 50p?

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The 50p that’s even rarer than the 2017 Isaac Newton coin…

In 2008, Matthew Dent redesigned the UK’s definitive coins following a public competition which saw over 4,000 designs submitted.

His Royal Shield of Arms design was chosen by The Royal Mint Advisory Committee to feature on the reverse of all UK coins, and when each coin from the penny to the 50p is placed together, the completed design reveals the full shield. The lower section of the shield can be seen on the reverse design of the UK 50p.

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Definitive 50ps are usually issued into circulation every year and generally go unnoticed as they are so readily available and mintage figures are often in the high millions.

Since 2008 this coin has been issued into circulation six times, but which Royal Shield 50p is the rarest?

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The Royal Mint only issues coins based on demand, and therefore the coin wasn’t issued in 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2016. In the years that the coin was issued, the mintage figures vary from just 1,800,000 all the way up to 49,001,000.

By far the rarest 50p shield is the 2017 coin, which is actually the second rarest 50p coin in circulation!

The Kew Gardens is known as the UK’s rarest circulation 50p, with a mintage of just 210,000 and the next rarest commemorative 50p is the 2017 Sir Isaac Newton, with a mintage of 1,801,500. However, when you include definitive coins into the mix, the 2017 Royal Shield actually knocks the Sir Isaac Newton off second spot, with 1,500 less coins issued.

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The most common Royal Shield 50p is the 2014 coin, with a mintage of 49,001,000, although this is not the most common 50p in circulation…

That title goes to the old definitive, featuring Christopher Ironside’s Britannia design. This design was first issued in 1969 as the first seven sided coin, issued to replace the 10 shilling note.

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New Pence Britannia 50p. Issued from 1969 to 1981

In 1997 the coin was made smaller and lighter and the old coins ceased to be legal tender in the UK. Therefore, a whopping 456,364,100 Britannia 50p coins were issued that year to replace the old design, making the 1997 Britannia 50p Britain’s most common 50p.

Are the definitive 50p coins worth collecting?

As collectors, we often focus on the rarer commemorative designs when it comes to building our collections, but I think the chart above just goes to show why we shouldn’t overlook the rarity of the definitive coins.

You’re very likely to come across the Royal Shield 50p in your change (in fact, there might be one in your pocket right now!) so make sure you keep your eyes peeled to see if you can find the rare 2017 coin for your collection!


Own the UK’s rarest Royal Shield 50p within the 2017 Royal Mint Pack!

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This set is no longer available from The Royal Mint, but today you can own all 13 of the United Kingdom’s 2017 annual coins in the Royal Mint Brilliant Uncirculated pack, including the UK’s rarest Royal Shield 50p.

Click here to secure the set >>