Royal Mint announces rarest 50p coins in circulation – and you could have some

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The Royal Mint has announced the rarest 50p coins currently circulation.

The list has been released ahead of the 50th anniversary of decimalisation.

Currently, the famous Kew Gardens edition remains the most sought-after coin in circulation, with a mintage of just 210,000, the Mint said.

Other rare designs in circulation include Olympic-themed 50ps, minted in 2011.

More than 500 million coins were released into circulation back in 2019, including three new 50p designs celebrating Arthur Conon Doyle's fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, and Paddington Bear at St Paul's Cathedral and the Tower of London.

The 50th anniversary of decimalisation is on February 15.

The changeover has inspired many people to become coin collectors over the years.

Talking about the list, The Royal Mint's director of UK currency Mark Loveridge said: "Coin collecting remains as popular as ever, and we were delighted to release a number of special designs into circulation in 2019.

"The Kew Gardens (50p) remains the most coveted coin, with a mintage of just 210,000, but it's always exciting to find a special design in your change."

Have you got one? The rarest 50p coins in circulation

  1. 2009 Kew Gardens, 210,000
  2. 2011 Olympic Wrestling, 1,129,500
  3. 2011 Olympic Football, 1,161,500
  4. 2011 Olympic Judo, 1,161,500
  5. 2011 Olympic Triathlon, 1,163,500
  6. 2018 Peter Rabbit, 1,400,000
  7. 2018 Flopsy Bunny, 1,400,000
  8. 2011 Olympic Tennis, 1,454,000
  9. 2011 Olympic Goalball, 1,615,500
  10. 2011 Olympic Shooting, 1,656,500

The rare 50p coins could be worth a lot of money, with one selling for a cool £2,800 on eBay in August last year.

The Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary 50p coin sold on the site in a seven-day online auction.

It was sold for more than 5,000 times its face value and is one of a batch that entered into circulation back in 2005.

We're certainly going to be digging around in our change to see if we have any of these, that's for sure.

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