Have you found the King Charles III 50p in circulation?

Today, an estimated 4.9 million 50ps entered circulation bearing the first portrait of King Charles III! Have you found it?

The 2022 UK King Charles III 50p - now in circulation!
The 2022 UK King Charles III 50p – now in circulation!

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

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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!

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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.

Get the King Charles III First Effigy Collecting Pack for JUST £15.99 (+p&p) here >>

Journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters with the 2022 UK Hogwarts Express 50p

The journey from Platform Nine and Three-Quarters has begun, with the brand new 2022 UK Hogwarts Express 50p.

The 2022 UK Hogwarts Express 50p.
Showing obverse to the left (with QEII's portrait and 2022 date) and reverse to the right (showing the Hogwarts Express from Jim Kay's 2015 illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone book.
Get the 2022 UK Hogwarts Express 50p here >>

This UK first celebrates the world-famous scarlet steam engine, the Hogwarts Express. You can add it to your collection for JUST £4.99 (+p&p) here >>

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.

2015 Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone book cover and two-page illustrations by Jim Kay. Showing the Hogwarts Express on Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.
This image has been used on the design of the 2022 UK Hogwarts Express 50p.
2015 Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone book cover and two-page illustrations by Jim Kay. Showing the Hogwarts Express on Platform Nine and Three-Quarters.

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.

The 2022 UK Hogwarts Express 50p.
Held in white gloved hand, showing the Hogwarts Express from Jim Kay's 2015 illustrated edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone book.
The 2022 UK Hogwarts Express 50p. Get yours for £4.99 (+p&p) here >>

Get your hands on this brand new 50p for JUST £4.99 (+p&p) here >>

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.

The obverse design of the Hogwarts 2022 UK Express 50p. Featuring the last portrait of QEII by Jody Clark.
The obverse design of the 2022 UK Hogwarts Express 50p. Featuring the last portrait of QEII by Jody Clark.

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.

You can get ahead of the crowd and pre-order the final two coins in the Harry Potter 50p series by clicking here >>

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 2022 UK Harry Potter 50p coin. Get yours here >>

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!

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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!

Browse the Harry Potter 50p range here >>

Click here to fill the gaps in your Harry Potter 50p collection today >>

You can even pre-order the final two Harry Potter coins, ahead of their release next year.

Charles in your Change – where will you find a KCIII 50p and how much is it worth?

A new UK 50p has entered circulation featuring King Charles III’s portrait for the first time – but collectors are wondering, “how much is it worth?”

Obverse/reverse of King Charles III 50p.
The 2022 UK Charles III Obverse Portrait on a UK 50p

Special collector versions of the coins have already been issued and their limited edition presentations sold out within JUST HOURS!

4.9 million of these very 50ps will begin circulating from December.

You all know how many people will want this coin.

So, it could be tricky to get your hands on one.

How will you find the new KCIII 50p?

That’s why Change Checker is launching our Charles in your Change campaign – helping you collectors increase your chances of finding this 50p.

The Charles in your Change campaign image.
Showing Alex to the left, 'Change Checker' and 'Charles in your Change' logos in the centre, above the KCIII 50p obverse/reverse. Rachel is pictured to the far right.

We’re asking the UK public to register where in the country they found it.

This will help us to update our collector map showing the best hot spots to find the new coin.

Example of Change Checker's King Charles III coin map.
Example of Change Checker’s King Charles III coin map. For illustrative purposes only.

We’ll update this every week, so you can keep track of where, and how quickly these coins are moving around the country.

Find out more here >>

What will the King Charles III 50p be worth?

Any avid collectors knows the worth of a scarce coin.

A look at the Change Checker Scarcity Index will show you just how sought-after UK coins can be.

The coin at the top of the 50p Scarcity Index is the Kew Gardens 50p – just 210,000 entered circulation in 2009 and they still (over 13 years later) fetch around £100 on secondary market sites.

Sold prices of the 2009 Kew Gardens 50p.
Two separate listings sold for £150 and £175 on eBay on 7th November 2022.
The 2009 Kew Gardens 50p recently sold for £150 and £175 on eBay.

The value of the King Charles III 50p depends on what someone is prepared to pay in the future – that’s part of the joy of collecting.

But, you can be sure that if you find one in your change, you’ll own a small piece of history – the very first coin of King Charles III’s reign. And remember, it’ll never be worth less than its face value of 50p.

When will there be more coins?

Look out for a new £1 coin design next year.

It’ll be the first new £1 design since 2017 and excitingly, the very first £1 coin that could feature King Charles III’s portrait on the obverse. Find out more here >>

And of course, look out for those definitive coins1p – £2 coins. They will, inevitably, be redesigned in the future to have His Majesty’s portrait on them.

The first definitive coins of a new monarch’s reign mark a significant moment in numismatic history. Consequently, collectors will be racing to find a complete set of definitive coins.

Swap your coins with other collectors

Swapping your coins with other collectors will help you fill any gaps you may have in your coin collections.

If people are lucky enough to find more than one King Charles III 50p in their change, they could be prepared to swap one.

So, 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!

Or, you can list your coin collection online with the Change Checker Web App. It’s free to use and will take less than 60 seconds to sign-up!

Display your KCIII 50p in the First Effigy Collecting Pack

Get the King Charles III First Effigy Collecting Pack for JUST £15.99 (+p&p) here >>

As soon as you find the KCIII 50p in your change, you can slot it into your collecting pack, alongside the King Charles III £5 coin.