The Rio 2016 Olympic Games are in full swing and we can hardly believe it’s been 4 years since London 2012. It’s about time we revisited the iconic UK Olympic Fifty Pence series.
Without doubt, the 29 coin series created a storm among collectors – millions rose to the challenge of collecting all 29, and for many, it marked the start of their interest in coins.
The Royal Mint estimates that as many as 75% of the Olympic 50p coins have been removed from circulation by collectors.
Do you own the rarest Olympic 50p?
Olympic 50ps have long been a favourite amongst collectors, but did you know that only 1,125,500 Football fifty pence pieces entered circulation? It’s definitely the rare one to look out for.
Although the Football 50p narrowly holds the title of the rarest sport in the series, there were still over one million of those struck for circulation. To hold the honourable title as “rare”, we must look beyond the official Royal Mint circulation figures…
The withdrawn Aquatics ‘minting error’ Olympic 50p
The Aquatics 50p which we are familiar with today is actually a modified version which removed the waves passing over the swimmer’s face.
Despite the original coin being withdrawn from circulation and the design adapted – there are still a few out there.
Although the exact quantity of the original Aquatics design remains a mystery, we know it’s not unusual for these special coins to exchange hands for close to £1000… not a bad return on a 50p coin!
2009 Athletics Olympic 50p
In 2009, nine-year old Florence Jackson became the youngest person to design a coin for circulation in the UK. Her Athletics Olympic 50p design was the ultimate winner of a Blue Peter competition.
Although you may recognise this coin, you may not know that a rare version of this coin exists. When the competition winner was revealed, only 100,000 special edition Blue Peter coin packs were released with a 2009 dated coin – making it the only Olympic 50p without a 2011 date.
That makes this 2009 Athletics Olympic 50p more than twice as rare as the famous Kew Gardens 50p.
The rarest of the series
It is without doubt that the gold versions of each 50p remain the rarest of the collection.
Unfortunately for collectors, obtaining one of these is nearly impossible as only one gold version of each design was presented to the respective winning designer.
Aside from the precious metal content, their unique status and significance rank them as potentially the most valuable UK 50p coins in existence.
Is this the 30th Olympic 50p?
To the delight of many Olympic 50p collectors, this year the Royal Mint issued a special 50p to wish Team GB success for the Rio 2016 Games.
The coins obverse features a swimmer with the Team GB logo, the Olympic rings and the inscription ‘TEAM GB’. Designed by Tim Sharp, the coin has been officially endorsed by Team GB and celebrates the spirit of British Olympians – a must have for all Olympic 50p Collectors.
Click here to own the coin that will be popular with coin collectors and sports enthusiasts alike.
Get ready for another collecting sensation!
Excitement is building across the globe for the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
But as you might expect, we’re most excited about Brazil’s new Olympic coins…
In the UK, the Olympic 50p series was a revolution in coin collecting – for many it represents the start of their interest in coins and millions rose to the challenge of collecting all 29. There were 29 million Olympic 50p coins that originally entered circulation. Of those, the Royal Mint estimates that 75% have been removed from circulation by collectors!
The same collecting revolution is now taking place in Brazil…
For the first time ever, the Summer Olympic Games will be held in South America. And to celebrate this historic occasion, Brazil have launched a series of commemorative coins.
The Casa da Moeda do Brazil (The Brazilian Mint) have issued 16 commemorative Real coins featuring a different Olympic sport on each.
This is big news… Brazil has previously only ever minted coins on extremely rare occasions.
These official Brazilian Commemorative coins for Rio 2016 are crafted collector pieces and are sure to become a collecting sensation. These coins will most definitely be snapped up quickly among residents of Brazil.
But don’t worry, you won’t have to travel over 5000 miles to get your hands on them, we’ve managed to source all 16 ‘Real’ coins from Brazil…
Click here to own Series 1 of the ‘Rio 2016 Commemorative Coins Collection’ for just £25.