How rare is my 50p and how much is it worth?

There are now over 35 different 50p coin designs in circulation and as an avid coin collector, there’s nothing better than finding a sought-after 50p in your change!

But with so many in circulation, how can you tell which are the ones to look for?

Luckily for you, we’ve done the leg work and compiled a number of resources to help you determine how rare your 50p is and how much it might be worth.


A sure fire way to know if you’ve found a keeper is to check the mintage figures for your 50p. Generally speaking, the lower the mintage, the rarer the coin and the harder it will be to find in circulation.

Here are the most up to date mintage charts for UK 50p coins in circulation, with the UK’s rarest circulation 50p, Kew Gardens sat in top spot with the lowest mintage figures – just 210,000 of this coin were struck!

The 2018 and 2019 Peter Rabbit and Flopsy Bunny 50p coins hold joint second spot on the chart, as just 1,400,000 of each were issued for circulation! The 2020 Withdrawal from the EU 50p makes an entrance to our mintage chart alongside the 2020 Diversity Built Britain 50p, with mintages of 10,001,000 and 10,300,000 respectfully.

Click here to read more about the 50p mintage figures >> 

eBay Tracker

Mintage figures are a great way to find out how many of your coin were released into circulation and therefore how difficult it might be to find, but this doesn’t necessarily give you a value for your coin. One way in which you can determine what your coin might be worth is to look at the prices it has sold for on eBay.

Again, we’ve made things easy for you by taking the last 9 sold prices achieved on eBay and giving you the median price achieved (rounded to the nearest 50p). By taking the median, rather than an average, we avoid skewing created by one or two excessive prices achieved.

Here’s the top 10 highest selling UK circulation coins from our eBay Tracker, with Kew Gardens not surprisingly having the highest selling price, followed by the 1992/93 EEC 50p (the rarest 50p to have ever entered circulation!)

Click here to see our full eBay Tracker >>

Scarcity Index

To give you a complete picture of how your coin compares to other 50ps in circulation, we have combined the mintage information with two other key pieces of information to provide the Change Checker Scarcity Index:

  • 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.

Here’s our most recent Scarcity Index for 50p coins, with yet again Kew Gardens coming in on top as the most scarce 50p. Where does your 50p rank on the Scarcity Index?

See the full Index here >> 

So now you have access to a range of tools to help indicate how rare your 50p is and what it might be worth. Of course, these figures will change in time as the latest 50ps are released into circulation, so you never know, we could see the elusive Kew Gardens kicked off top spot one day!

Have you found any rare coins in your change recently? 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

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