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 >>

First King Charles III Banknotes ENTER CIRCULATION!

The first banknotes featuring King Charles III entered circulation today (5th June 2024), here’s everything you need to know.

King Charles III Banknotes
Credit: Bank of England

Hot off the press

In November 2023, The Bank of England started printing new banknotes featuring King Charles III at a rate of 6 million in 24 hours. The delay in them entering circulation was apparently caused by machines such as self service tills not being able to recognise the new image and needing to be recalibrated.

King Charles III banknotes in production
Credit: Bank of England Flickr
King Charles III banknotes in production
Credit: Bank of England Flickr

The Bank of England’s chief cashier, Sarah John, said “There is a lot to do to ensure that machines used up and down the country can accept the banknotes. They all need to be adapted to recognise the new design, with software updates, and that takes months and months. Otherwise, we will be putting a banknote out there that people simply would not be able to use.”


A sustainable transition

Taking guidance from the Royal Household, the new banknotes will only be issued to replace worn or damaged Queen Elizabeth II notes, meaning both monarchs’ portraits will co-circulate for the foreseeable future.

There are approximately 4.7 billion Queen Elizabeth II banknotes currently in circulation, worth an estimated £82 billion, so don’t worry – they’ll still be accepted in shops as well as the new King Charles III notes.

This transition phase will minimise the environmental and financial impact of the change, in keeping with the King’s vision for a more sustainable future.

King Charles III’s portrait will now appear on the front of the notes, an image based on an engraving of a picture of His Majesty taken in 2013, however there will be no changes to the current reverse designs:

  • Winston Churchill (£5)
  • Jane Austen (£10)
  • JMW Turner (£20)
  • Alan Turing (£50)
King Charles III £5, £10, £20 and £50 banknotes
King Charles III £5, £10, £20 and £50 banknotes
Credit: Bank of England

Security Features

All denominations of the new banknotes share some of the same security features which you can use to verify the authenticity of the note.

Monarch’s portrait in a see-through window
A portrait of King Charles III is printed on the window with the denomination and ‘Bank of England’ printed twice around the edge.

Hologram Image Change
When tilting the note from side to side, the word within the hologram should change between the value of the note, ‘Five’, ‘Ten’, ‘Twenty’ or ‘Fifty’ and ‘Pounds’.

Silver foil patch
A silver foil patch contains a 3D image of the coronation crown.

Print Quality
The printed lines and colours on the note are sharp and clear, with no smudges or blurred edges. If you use a magnifying glass, you should be able to see the value of the note written in small letters and numbers below the monarch’s portrait.

Feel of polymer and raised print
The note is printed on polymer, a thin and flexible plastic. On the front of the note, you can feel the raised print on the words ‘Bank of England’ and in the bottom right corner.

Ultraviolet number
Under a UV light, the denomination number appears in bright green and red on the front of the note.

£5 features

Here are some security features specific to the £5 notes.

King Charles III £5 Note with security features
King Charles III £5 Note with security features

Colour changing border
When the note is tilted, a coloured border around the edge of the see-through window and the ‘£’ symbol inside the window will change from purple to green.

Green foil patch
On the other side of the silver foil patch showing the coronation crown, the £5 has a green foil patch featuring the word ‘BLENHEIM’.

£10 features

Here are some security features specific to the £10 notes.

King Charles III £10 Note with security features
King Charles III £10 Note with security features

Colour changing quill
When the £10 note is tilted, a coloured quill at the side of the see-through window will change from purple to orange.

Copper foil patch
On the other side of the silver foil patch showing the coronation crown, the £10 has a copper foil patch containing the letters ‘JA’ within an open book, representing Jane Austen.

£20 features

Here are some security features specific to the £20 notes.

King Charles III £20 Note with security features
King Charles III £20 Note with security features

A second see-through window
In the bottom right corner of the front of the £20 note, there is a second, smaller see-through window containing the number 20.

Purple foil patch
On the other side of the silver foil patch showing the coronation crown, the £20 has a purple foil patch containing the letter ‘T’ for JMW Turner.

£50 features

Here are some security features specific to the £50 notes.

King Charles III £50 Note with security features
King Charles III £50 Note with security features

A second see-through window
In the bottom right corner of the front of the £50 note, there is a second, smaller see-through window containing the number 50.

Hologram change
The £50 note has two gold foil squares on the front, and the images within should change between ‘50’ and the ‘£’ symbol when the note is tilted.

Red foil patch
On the other side of the silver foil patch showing the coronation crown, the £50 has a red foil patch containing the letters ‘AT’, paying tribute to Alan Turing who features on the note.


A closer look


Where can I find a King Charles III banknote?

Eventually, we’ll start to see King Charles III banknotes crop up in our cash, but as their introduction will be a gradual process, some collectors may not want to wait to get their hands on one.

King Charles III notes
King Charles III notes
Credit: Bank of England

The Bank of England are running a postal exchange service, where from 5th to 30th June 2024, you can send in your current or old series banknotes and they’ll return King Charles III banknotes to you in exchange. 

You can also visit The Bank of England counter at Threadneedle Street where they’ll only only be issuing new banknotes featuring King Charles III from 5th to 11th June 2024. From 12th June 2024, the Bank’s counter will revert to issuing Queen Elizabeth II banknotes only. 

Found one in circulation already? Let us know where in the comments!


Safely store your new banknotes

With the release of these new banknotes, now’s the perfect time to start your banknote collection, by owning the Change Checker Polymer Banknote Collecting Pack – with space to securely house all four of England’s polymer banknotes!

Secure yours for just £9.99 (+p&p) >>