Change Checker LIVE D-Day 50p Swap! Join us at the Royal International Air Tattoo

We’re extremely excited to announce that we’re bringing our Change Checker Live 50p Swap to the Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT)!

Join us at the Royal International Air Tattoo from Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July where we’ll be giving collectors the chance to swap ANY UK 50p coin for the brand new 2024 UK D-Day 50p.

PLUS – there’ll be 1 silver 50p up for grabs each day!

Silver 50p Lucky Dip

Each day, swappers will have the chance to get their hands on a Silver Proof 2024 D-Day 50p during our lucky dip hour.

For an hour each day only, there’ll be 1 D-Day 50p with a special sticker in the lucky dip box, and whoever picks it out will get not only the 2024 UK D-Day 50p in Brilliant Uncirculated quality for just 50p, but they’ll also get a Silver Proof 2024 D-Day 50p FOR FREE!

Keep an eye on our social channels to find out when the lucky dip hour will be each day we’re at the show and make sure you’re in the queue ready for your chance to win a silver 50p!*

The Royal International Air Tattoo

Known as the world’s largest military air show, the Royal International Air Tattoo takes place at RAF Fairford, where thrilling sights and sounds of several hundred aircraft, from all eras and countries of the world, gather for this unique adrenalin-fuelled occasion.

We were lucky enough to attend the show last year where we were swapping the 2023 Coronation 50p, and we can’t wait to return!

Change Checker LIVE Coronation 50p Swap RIAT 2023
Change Checker LIVE Coronation 50p Swap RIAT 2023

We’ll be swapping 50ps with collectors across all three days, so be sure to come and say hello!


FAQs

How do I buy tickets to the event?
Tickets for Saturday 20th July are sold out, but you can still buy tickets for Friday 19th and Sunday 21st here >>

How do I get there?
Visitor travel details can be found on the Royal International Air Tattoo website here >>

Where can I find you at the event?
Once our exact position has been confirmed, we’ll update this blog and post an update on social media once we’re all set up.

How many coins can I swap?
Such is the popularity of our Live Coin Swaps, and to ensure it’s fair for everybody, we’re limiting the number of swaps to strictly 1 per person.

Can I reserve a coin before I arrive?
To ensure a fair swap event for everyone, we do not offer reservations of coins. It is a strictly first come first served basis.

How does the Silver 50p lucky dip work?
Anyone is eligible to swap any UK 50p for the 2024 UK D-Day 50p in Brilliant Uncirculated quality at any time in the 3 days we’ll be at the show, but you can choose to save your swap for the lucky dip hour (which will be announced on our social channels each day) for your chance to win the D-Day 50p in Silver Proof quality!


Can’t make it?

If you can’t make it to our swap at RIAT, don’t worry! You can still add the 2024 UK D-Day 50p to your collection in superior collection quality.

Secure your 2024 UK D-Day 50p for just £5.99 (+p&p) >>

*Details of the Silver 50p Lucky Dip may be subject to change.

Striking designs – A look at football themed UK coins

EURO 2024 kicks off today (14th June 2024), so we’ve taken a look back at some of the UK coins that have been issued to celebrate the beautiful game.

1996 Football Single Metal £2

The single metal Football £2 was issued in 1996 to celebrate England hosting the 10th European football championships.

Before 1997, £2 coins were struck from a single-coloured, nickel-brass and were mainly produced for collectors and reserved for very special occasions.

The reverse design resembles a football, and is accentuated by an unusual concave surface of the coin. The year of 1996 is prominent, and the sixteen small rings represent the teams who competed in the tournament. Only 5,141,350 1996 Football £2 coins were ever minted.

2011 Olympic Football 50p

In 2011, a year before London hosted the Olympic Games, 29 new 50p coins were issued, each representing a different Olympic sport.

The football 50p was possibly the most publicised of them all, as it features the hotly debated offside rule in the form of a simple diagram. Designer Neil Wolfson, a sports journalist by trade, chose an image which he felt would encapsulate the sport whilst also provoking discussion.

The Olympic Football 50p is also the rarest of the Olympic 50ps with a mintage figure of just 1,125,500.

2022 150th Anniversary of the FA Cup £2

To mark 150 years of the FA Cup, The Royal Mint issued this £2 coin in 2022. Designers Matt Dent and Christian Davies created a design featuring the famed FA Cup Trophy in the centre.

Ribbons on each side of the trophy represent the first staging of the Football Association Challenge Cup (1871-72) and the 141st season which marked the 150th anniversary (2021-22).

2023 Pride of England £5

In 2022, England won the Woman’s EURO 2022 after beating Germany 2-1. The following year in 2023, the team embarked on their biggest competition to date – the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

To celebrate the Lionesses and their successes, The Royal Mint struck this £5 coin in 2023. The reverse of the coin features the iconic ‘three lions’ emblem in a design by Norman Sillman.

The England team made it to the final of the 2023 World Cup, but unfortunately Spain took home the cup.

An honourable mention…

Although not technically a football coin, the 1997 Three Lions £1 does feature the heraldic three lions design which has become synonymous with English football, so we thought it was worth a mention!

The three lions date back to Richard the Lionheart (1189-1199) who used three golden lions on a scarlet background as a powerful symbol of the English throne.

The design of the 1997 £1, by Norman Sillman, was actually the original design that inspired the 2023 Pride of England £5.


Vote for your favourite football coin

We want to know which of these football themed UK coins is your favourite, so cast your vote below and come back on 14th July (the EURO 2024 final) for the results!


Kick off your football collection

If you’re missing either the 1996 Football £2 or the 2022 FA Cup £2 from your collection, you can secure the pair for just £25 (+p&p) here >>

Here’s where you can find the new King Charles III Banknotes…

The new King Charles III Banknotes entered circulation on 5th June 2024, and collectors have been rushing to secure the ones with the lowest serial number. The branch manager at Sunderland City Post Office even said people were queueing waiting for their doors to open on 5th June to get their hands on the new notes.

King Charles III £5, £10 and £20 banknotes
King Charles III £5, £10 and £20 banknotes

Only a select few places are stocking the King Charles III banknotes, so far so here’s where you can get your hands on them…

Post Offices 

  • Sunderland City, SR1, 1RR
  • The City of London, EC2M 5TE
  • Moorgate, EC2M 5TE
  • Broadway, SW1H 0AX
  • Houndsditch, E1 7BS
  • Piccadilly Plaza in Manchester, M2 1BB
  • Portsmouth, PO1 1AB
  • Birmingham, B2 4AA
  • Great Massingham, PE31 6HP
  • Tetbury, GL8 8DB
  • Minchinhampton, GL6 9BN
  • Windsor, SL4 1AA
  • Woodstock, OX20 1SP
  • Poundbury, DT1 3AZ

The Bank of England Counter

  • Threadneedle Street, London, EC2R 8AH – The counter will be issuing new King Charles III banknotes from 5th June to 11th June 2024 with a limit of £300 per customer.

Bank of England Postal Exchange Service

  • You can obtain King Charles III banknotes using the Bank of England’s postal exchange service from 5th June to 30th June 2024 with a limit of £300 per customer.
    Apply for postal exchange service here >>

If you’ve managed to get your hands on a King Charles III banknote, let us know where in the comments!


A closer look at the first ever King Charles III Banknotes

Find out everything you need to know about the new banknotes and their special security features by reading our blog >>