Coins, like a lot of things, are items that you can collect. People will pay good money to collect coins and then display the collection or sell them on again for a good price. However, it is the simple 50 pence piece that we’re looking at today. There are certain 50p’s in circulation which are worth more than others.
So, my 50p could be worth a lot of money?
What a lot of people don’t realise is that most coins issued into circulation, has also been issued in proof .925 silver, gold or part of a proof set. These sets when collected can become very high in value. One of the primary factors which influence the value of a coin is the material it is made from. Coins which are made of .925 Silver or Gold are much rarer and harder to come by. These more precious coins come directly from the Royal Mint in original packaging and are sealed. This increases the rarity of them further because they’re hard to find and very collectable.
A good example for us to take a look at is the Kew Gardens 50p, which was released in 2009 and is one of the rarest coins currently in circulation.
This coin is extremely scarce and hard to find in any material, but they can sell for a very high price, with the standard cupro-steel example of the Kew Gardens 50p reaching as much as £77 on eBay, the proof silver 50p can fetch as much as £219.99 and the gold example can sell for as much as £1895.00 as it is so prized by collectors.
Another coin is the EC Commemorative 50p. It was first created in 1992 and 1993 and is unique both in the fact that it is one of the older and bigger coins which isn’t released anymore, and that it has a very low mintage figure. Like the Kew Gardens and all other coins issued, the silver and gold examples are worth more than the cupro-steel examples.
The rarest of all, is the 2012 Olympic 50p.
This scarce coin was first issued into circulation showing a swimmers face covered in water.
It is said that only 600 of these rare 50p’s were released. These coins do not come up very often but when they do, they can sell for well over one thousand pounds. Overall, it is very important that you understand the actual value of coins, especially if you plan to collect them as a hobby. The 50p’s which we take for granted and just stick in a pocket or purse and forget about could be worth a lot more than you initially thought, and may be able to make you a lot of money.
The best way to find the value of a currency coin?
If you’re looking to find the value of a coin, you can easily just go onto eBay and look at the sold listings and you’ll see exactly how much these rare coins are selling for and how much you could make if you had one.
Here are some examples for what some 50p’s are currently selling for.
· 2009 Kew Gardens - £77.00
· 2011 Offside Rule - £9.00
· 2011 WWF - £1.50
· 2013 Benjamin Britten - £1.95
· 2016 Squirrel Nutkins - £1.50
· 2016 Jemima Puddle Duck - £6.00
· 2016 Mrs Tiggy Winkle - £0.99
· 2016 Beatrix Potter - £1.65
· 2016 Peter Rabbit - £0.99