The countdown has begun and in just 50 days time our much-loved 50p coin will celebrate its 50th anniversary!
Join the challenge!
To celebrate this hero of the numismatic world, we’ve launched the Change Checker Definitive 50p Collecting Challenge – a race to collect every UK definitive 50p coin in circulation as we count down to this important numismatic anniversary.
There are currently 21 different definitive 50p coin designs to be found in your daily change. Your mission is to collect all of them before the anniversary on the 14th October.
Definitive 50p coins
The mintage chart below shows how many of each UK definitive 50p coin is currently in circulation.
The rarest definitive 50p is the 2017 Royal Shield, so make sure you keep your eyes peeled and check the dates on your Royal Shield 50ps on the hunt for this coin.
Yasmin and I were actually lucky enough to come across the 2017 Royal Shield during a 50p coin hunt, so it can be done and they most certainly are out there if you check your change!
We don’t yet know the mintage figures for 2018 and 2019 50p coins, so these coins haven’t been included on the chart, however it’s worth holding onto these coins as you never know how rare they might turn out to be!
You might have also noticed that no definitive 50p coins were issued for circulation in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2016. These coins won’t be included in the Definitive 50p Collecting Challenge, however if you do manage to find one in your change you will be very lucky as they would have come from an Annual Coin Set and are not intended for circulation.
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Register for The Definitive 50p Collecting Challenge for FREE today to receive:
- Collecting tips and suggestions to help you complete your Definitive 50p Collection
- Exclusive discounts and savings for your collection
- The chance to own the Definitive 50p Collecting Challenge Participant’s Medal, plus a FREE 1997 UK Britannia 50p to kick start your collection
So, check your pockets, piggy banks, whisky jars and down your sofa – the challenge starts now!
You can download and print the Definitive 50p Collecting Challenge checklist here to keep track of the coins you’ve managed to find so far.
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To help with your challenge, we’ve created the Definitive 50p Collecting Challenge Kit which includes everything you need to get you on your way!
We’ll even give you a FREE 1997 UK Definitive 50p – the first one in your challenge – to get you started! And what’s more, you’ll receive a FREE participant’s medal which we’ll send to you in the anniversary month (October).
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...
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:
- 2015 inverted effigy Britannia £2
- Olympic Aquatics 50p error
- Bronze 20p error
- Silver 2p error
- Undated 20p mule
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
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 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.
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!
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
Sign up today at: www.changechecker.org/app
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!
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
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
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
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
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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