The UK’s Future King celebrates 40th Birthday – £5 coin issued to commemorate event

The Duke of Cambridge, HRH Prince William, is the second in line to the throne and the elder son of The Prince of Wales and Diana, Princess of Wales.

In 2022, the year that marks Prince William’s 40th birthday, The Royal Mint has issued a brand new £5 coin.

Significantly, this is the first ever UK coin to be solely dedicated to The Duke, with a design by engraver, Thomas T. Docherty capturing the prince’s likeness in exquisite detail.

The perfect addition to any royal collection, issued in honour of a much-loved prince and future King, you can now secure your 2022 UK Prince William 40th Birthday £5 and preserve this significant moment in British royal history for generations to come.

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Whilst this is the only coin to be solely dedicated to HRH Prince William, he has been commemorated on two previous £5 coins…

2011 Royal Wedding £5

Royal Wedding
2011 Royal Wedding £5 featuring design of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

This £5 coin was issued to celebrate the marriage of Prince William and Catherine Middleton on 29th April 2011.

The reverse bears the officially approved portraits of the couple and is only the sixth time in history that a double portrait has appeared on British coinage.

The designer, Mark Richards FRBS, was chosen in an invitation only process and describes his depiction of the couple as ‘a feeling that pervades all the photographs I have seen of the couple together’.

The image is taken from one of their first official engagements together.

2018 Four Generations of Royalty £5

Four Generations of Royalty
2018 Four Generations of Royalty £5, featuring the current initials of the four generations of the house of windsor.

This Four Generations of Royalty £5 coin was highly anticipated since the moment HRH Prince George of Cambridge was born on 22nd July 2013.

This was the first time ever that The Royal Mint had issued a coin that celebrated all four generations of royalty in line to the throne on a single coin.

The reverse features an original design by much-loved calligrapher Timothy Noad, and ornately shows the initials of the current four generations, E, C, W, G, and represents the heritage of the House of Windsor.

Born to be King

Prince William. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

The Duke of Cambridge has been second in line to the throne, since his birth in 1982. From a young age, he possessed a desire to undertake charitable activities and projects.

Alongside his efforts in promoting the welfare of those who are serving or who have served their country in the Armed Forces, Prince William’s charitable efforts expand into global affairs.

Protecting the natural environment for future generations is one of Prince William’s key priorities. His Highness supports wildlife conservation initiatives and even led key programmes to end illegal wildlife trafficking on a global scale.

In October 2020, His Royal Highness launched ‘The Earthshot Prize’ designed to incentivise change and help to repair our planet over the next 10 years. 

The Duke of Cambridge is also committed to helping children and young people. From convening a new industry-led taskforce to combat online bullying, to publically highlighting youth-engaging programmes, Prince William is dedicated to making a difference in young people’s lives.


In the year that marks HRH Prince William’s 40th birthday, we can celebrate his achievements in raising awareness of these important issues.

To commemorate the future King of the United Kingdom, you can own the brand new 2022 UK Prince William 40th Birthday £5 coin today >>


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Your coin has been struck to a Brilliant Uncirculated quality and comes protectively encapsulated in official Change Checker packaging, to preserve the quality of your coin for generations to come.

It’s all change! Your Scarcity Index Update…

It’s time for your latest Scarcity Index update, where we reveal the UK’s most sought-after circulation coins of the last three months! As we continue to go out and spend more cash, we’ve seen some BIG movers and shakers on our Scarcity Index.

Our 50p index has been given a huge shakeup, with moves across the majority of the board! The same can be said for the £2 Index, with JUST four coins being untouched.

You can use the updated A-Z 10p, 50p and £2 indexes below to discover how sought-after the coins in your collection really are.

This information has been compiled using data from the Change Checker Swap Centre and presented in the easy to use indexes below, with arrows to signify how many places up or down a coin has moved since the last Scarcity Index.

50p Index

May 2022 50p Scarcity Index Update

It’s been a HUGE quarter for our 50p coins with this Scarcity Index update showing nearly all circulating UK 50p coins having moved around!

The Pentathlon 50p has climbed an incredible 12 places, pushing towards the top of our index. This coin has a circulating mintage of 1,689,500 which makes it one of the rarer 50ps in circulation.

Whilst it’s not the rarest Olympic 50p out there, all of these coins are incredibly popular with collectors, and have been since the 2012 Olympic Games!

Other key movers include the Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle 50p which has climbed by 12 places and the Handball 50p which has climbed by 8 places.

£2 Index

May 2022 £2 Scarcity Index

Another big shake up sees just FOUR coins on our £2 Index remain in the same place, with some huge movers causing a shuffle.

The Shakespeares Comedies £2 has been bumped down 12 places and the Gunpowder Plot £2 has climbed an impressive 9 places!

Other key movers to keep your eyes on are the Brunel – Paddington Station £2, which has climbed 9 places and the Florence Nightingale £2, which has climbed by 8.

A-Z 10p Index

May 2022 A-Z 10p Index

As the Change Checker team travelled up north on our Platinum Jubilee 50p coin swap tour, it seems the Lochness Monster 10p was following suit, as it climbs 13 places!

And as we approach the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday weekend, the Jubilee 10p has climbed up towards the top of the index. With growing interest in Jubilee themed coins, including the 2022 Platinum Jubilee 50p, there’s no surprises more collectors are wanting to get their hands on this 10p!

Other key movers include the NHS, Angel of the North, and Bond 10p coins, which have all climbed up 4 places.

Regardless of where they feature in the above index, if you have any of the A-Z 10ps in your collection you should consider yourself very lucky. A maximum of only 304,000 of each design entered circulation!

How your Scarcity Index works

Generally collectors have had to rely upon mintage figures to identify the scarcest coins.  But they only tell part of the story.  Trying to find a good quality coin from 15 – 20 years ago, even for a higher mintage issue, is much more challenging than a more recent issue, as coins become damaged over time and are ultimately removed from circulation.

Additionally, some designs are more hoarded than others by people who might not normally collect coins – the poignant First World War £2 Coin series being an example. Finally, it can be up to a couple of years before the Royal Mint eventually confirms the actual mintage for an issue.

That’s why we have combined the mintage information with two other key pieces of information.

  • How many of each design are listed as “collected” by Change Checkers, indicating the relative ease of finding a particular coin.
  • The number of times a design has been requested as a swap over the previous 3 months, showing the current level of collector demand.

Importantly, as new coins are released and popularity rises and falls across different designs the Scarcity Index will be updated quarterly allowing Change Checkers to track the relative performance of the UK’s circulation coins.

How much are my coins worth?

The Scarcity Index does not necessarily equate to value but it is certainly an effective indicator.  For example, the Kew Gardens 50p coin commands a premium of up to 200 times face value on eBay.

You can use the 6 point guide to help you determine a more realistic value for your coins.

What about £1 Coins?

The £1 Scarcity Index has already been published for the Round £1 coins and, because they are no longer being issued, this is now set in stone.

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NATIONAL PLATINUM JUBILEE 50p for 50p BALLOT ANNOUNCED!

2022 marks Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II‘s Platinum Jubilee – an incredible 70 year reign that makes her the longest reigning living monarch worldwide!

At Change Checker HQ, we’ve been celebrating this royal milestone with the issue of the brand new 2022 Platinum Jubilee 50p coin, issued earlier this year.

And today, we’re excited to announce our National Platinum Jubilee 50p for 50p ballot is open!

This was the UK’s first royal 50p and featured a special obverse design of Her Majesty on horsebacknever before seen on a UK 50p!

It was so sought-after that the entire limited edition range sold-out within less than 24 hours at The Royal Mint!

In addition to the 50p coins won in our Face Value Coin Ballot, Change Checker also swapped 7,808 Platinum Jubilee 50p coins at our four Live Coin Swap Events (1,952 coins per event!).

And now, we’re delighted to have opened our National Platinum Jubilee 50p for 50p ballot, in celebration of the UK’s biggest bank holiday, coming in June!

Your chance to own the 2022 Platinum Jubilee 50p for JUST 50p

Today, you have the opportunity to enter the Change Checker ballot for the chance to be one of the 1,952 lucky collectors to own this sought-after coin for JUST 50p!

Simply click here to enter for free!

The winners will be contacted via email on the 1st June with details of how to claim your new 50p coin for just 50p.

Best of luck, Change Checkers!


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Your coin will come struck to a Brilliant Uncirculated quality, protectively encapsulated in official Change Checker packaging – the perfect way to preserve your coin for generations to come!