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Check Your UK Change

The coins in your pocket could be worth more than you think.

If you live in the United Kingdom or are just visiting, the next time you walk out of a shop with coins jingling in your pocket or purse, it could be worth checking them before you pass them on. Here's why:

2009 Undated 20-Pence Piece

Following a redesign of the 20-pence coins commencing in 2008, in June 2009, the Royal Mint put into circulation a number of undated 20-pence coins. Apparently, the error occurred when the mint decided to move the date from the reverse to the Queen's head side, and due to an error in the manufacturing process and the mismatch of the old and new designs, a significant number of 20p coins were produced with no date on either the front or reverse. See the illustration below:

Undated 20 Pence Coin

Undated 20 Pence Coin

So how much are they worth?

The Royal Mint cannot put an exact figure on the number of the coins put into circulation, but they estimate that there were between 50,0000 to 200,000 released before the error was noticed, so there is a reasonable chance that a number of these coins are still in use and being passed on by unsuspecting members of the public. When it became public knowledge in June 2009, the error coins (or Mules) started appearing on eBay, and the earliest entries attracted bids of £1000s of pounds. However, when it became known how many were out there, the price steadily dropped to around £40.00-£50.00 ($64-$80) (however, some coin dealers are still offering £100.00 for one), which is still a pretty good return on 20p investment! They are still very heavily sought after, just check out eBay. However, as more of the coins disappear into collections and are squirrelled away as investments, no doubt they will grow in value. As of April 2017, the undated 20p coins are regularly appearing on eBay and reaching £50-£60, proving that there must be some still out in circulation and there is a strong demand from collectors.

**Caution—Buyers Beware!!** If you are looking to purchase an undated 20p coin on an auction site, such as eBay, carefully check the listing before placing a bid, as there are a number of individuals who list 20p coins as "undated" but on closer inspection have included the text "on tail side only", which is just a regular 20-pence coin! Yet some of these auctions attract a number of bids from unwary buyers who could end up paying quite a lot of money for a regular 20-pence piece, many of which, they undoubtedly already own. They may recover their money from the auction company, but I would imagine this would be a protracted and frustrating process.

1993 5 Pence (5p) Issue

In 1993, the Royal Mint took the unusual step of not issuing any 1993 dated five-pence coins into circulation, believing that there were sufficient coins in circulation and an additional general circulation issue was not required. There were, however, proof and the annual collector's sets issued for this year, and estimates are that there were around 100,000 coins produced for this purpose. Due to this fact, any 1993 5p is considered very collectible and valued around £7-£10, which is a considerable increase on its face value. Although it’s unlikely that there are too many of these coins in circulation, I wouldn’t consider it impossible, although to lengthen the odds even further, the Royal Mint has, since January 2013, initiated process of phasing out the pre-2011 cupronickel coins, in favour of the newer nickel-plated steel.

2005 Guy Fawkes £2.00 Error Coin

The two-pound coin is regularly reissued with different designs and inscriptions on the edging. In 2005, the Royal Mint issued a £2.00 coin commemorating the 400th anniversary of the gunpowder plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament. However, on a number of coins put into circulation, the edge inscription read "Pemember, Pemember the Fifth of November" (instead of "Remember, Remember the Fifth of November". Recently, these coins have sold for around £16.00 on eBay, although in 2014, prices dropped considerably to around the £5 mark, sometimes slightly lower.

2005 Two Pound Guy Fawkes Error inscription

2005 Two Pound Guy Fawkes Error inscription

2011 Mary Rose and King James Bible and other collectible Two Pound Coins **Updated April 2017**

Also, in 2011, the Royal Mint released into circulation limited numbers of Mary Rose 500th Anniversary (1,040,000) and 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible Two-Pound coins (975,000). These are collectible, with buyers willing to pay £6-£7 for the Mary Rose and around the same for the King James Bible coin.

In 2012, a £2 coin was issued to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Dickens. It features on reverse a detailed face profile made up of the names of the author's books. In early 2013, these were fetching up to £8, however the Royal Mint issued details of mintage of 8,190,000, which is lower mid-range for an issue and the value has reduced to around £2.50-£3.00. There have been a number of reports of a minting error in the spelling of the edge inscription reading "We" instead of "Will", however, similar to the Gunpowder Plot coin, this does not appear to be anymore adding to the overall value of the coin.

Other rarer sterling two-pound coins worth looking out for are the 1996 Tenth European Championship from 1996 and 2002 Commonwealth Games coins, although as both are of the older £2 coin design, they are unlikely now to be in circulation (although they could be sitting in coin jars!).

Of the more modern design, the two versions of the 2013 London Underground (one featuring an underground train/tube and one featuring the London Underground logo) both had relatively low mintage figures - 1,690,000 for the Tube Train Design and 1,560,000 for the LU Roundel Design. There will be a much lower amount still in circulation, so will be hard to come by, as of April 2017, generally worth £4 for the Train and £5 for the Roundel Design.

The Rio 2012 Handover £2 had a fairly low mintage of 845,000, issued to commemorate the closing of the Olympics.There was some confusion as to the mintage numbers of this coin, with the Royal Mint for some time stating is was 65,000. However as of April 2014, it has confirmed that 845,000 copies of this coin were minted. Despite the low mintage and it being the 8th rarest in circulation, the coins, as of April 2017 are valued at around £5-£6

The 2015 800th Anniversary of the Magna Carta coins had a relatively low mintage of 1,495,000 and are in demand from collectors, regularly selling over £4-£5. T

2014/2015 Sought After Two Pound Coins L-R 2013 Guinea Anniversary, 2014 WW1 Outbreak Anniversary & 2014 Trinity House

2014/2015 Sought After Two Pound Coins L-R 2013 Guinea Anniversary, 2014 WW1 Outbreak Anniversary & 2014 Trinity House

2015 WW1 The Royal Navy £2 Two Pound Coin

I read with interest the November 2, 2015 press release from the Royal Mint and subsequent press reports indicating that the Royal Navy World War One Centenary Two-Pound coin was the rarest coin in circulation after the Royal Mint had passed 100 of the coins to HMS Belfast, located on the River Thames in London, to be handed out in change to lucky visitors. Whilst the 100 coins that the Royal Mint have passed to the Imperial War Museum are technically the official “rarest” coins in circulation, and the press release/reports have no doubt fuelled a price inflation in this coin, which, as of mid February 2015, was selling in the £25-£35 price range (and there were even some being offered for £1000!), what has only been mentioned in a few articles is that the same coin is available to buy direct from Royal Mint in a commemoration pack for £10 (+ £3 p&p)!

Interestingly though, the version of the coin that is being struck up until (I believe!) March 2015 will feature the observe design of the current Queen’s portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS. However, when the coin is released into general circulation later in the year, the obverse will feature the new “Fifth” Portrait (the design is due to be announced in March 2015), so it will make the current batch of Royal Navy 2015 WW1 Centenary coins unique. This means the current batch may prove a worthwhile investment whilst they are currently available, which may not be for much longer.

In October 2016, the Royal Mint issued their official mintage figures for 2015 and confirmed that only 650,000 of the coins were minted, making it the joint fourth rarest of all circulating coins. There are two versions of this coin, the first features the 4th Portrait of HM The Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley, which is the version issued to HM Belfast, as mentioned above and in the BU Presentation packs. The second version, which was issued into general circulation features the 5th portrait of HM The Queen by Jody Clark. It is assumed at the moment that the mintage figure of 650k includes both versions, however the Royal Mint have yet to clarify.

In December 2016, it came to light that there was a small production error on some of the coins produced and put into circulation, the Royal Mint confirmed that there was an error on the "die" which produced, at least what a appears to be a Naval "Pennant" flying from the mast. It is quite a curious error as the definition of a "Pennant" is a elongated flag flown from the mast of commissioned warships! There appear to be two distinct versions of this error, the first appears to take the form of a fully fluttering pennant, as illustrated below, whilst others have a less distinctive and more minor "Line" along the top right of the horizontal "Royal Yard" See the photo below for examples.

As of April 2017, circulated versions of the coin are regularly selling for around £6-£7, whilst the version with the Flag/Pennant Error are around £10-£15 for circulated and "Line" errors, whilst the Full Flag errors can sell for anything between £15-£22.

The Royal Navy 2015 £2 Coin

The Royal Navy 2015 £2 Coin

The standard production coin is on the right and the "error" Pennant mast flag is on the left

The standard production coin is on the right and the "error" Pennant mast flag is on the left

2015, 2016 & 2017 £2 Two Pound Definitive Britannia

July 2015 saw the first release of the "Definitive Britannia" Two Pound coin, featuring the new 5th portrait of Her Majesty, the Queen by Jody Clark and a stunning obverse portrait of Britannia. This coin replaced the "History of Technological Achievement" £2 coin, as the standard "definitive", which had been issued since 1997. The iconic "Britannia" has been a feature on British coins dating back to the Roman occupation by Hadrian over 2000 years ago! The coin features a stunning reverse portrait by Anthony the somewhat empirical edge inscription "QUATUOR MARIO VINDICO", which translates as "I will claim the four seas". In October 2016, the Royal Mint confirmed the coin had a mintage of only 650,000, which along with the £2 "100th Anniversary of the First World War - Royal Navy" (See Above), made it the joint fourth rarest of all coins in current circulation. Values in early November 2016 are surprisingly low at £5-£6, but this will likely rise as the information as to the coins "rarity" starts to spread! Watch this space!

In early 2016, collectors reported a number of error coins appearing in which the reverse and observe where misaligned, believed due to a die (part of the image stamping mechanism), working loose during the production process. The Royal Mint confirmed the error and it is estimated that 3-3500 error coins made it into circulation and collectors have previously been paying up to £300 for these coins.

2016 saw a mintage of just 2,925,000 of the Definitive Britannia, making it the smallest circulated coin issue for that year (which was an exceptional year for the volume of coin releases), however this still placed it outside the "top 20" overall. However, collectors are still willing to pay £4-£5 for a good circulated copy.

2017 had no versions of the coin issued into circulation, according to the Royal Mint's latest circulation figures, however a small number were produced for the annual set's issued by the mint, however you would be looking at a value of £40-£45 for either the 2017 set or just the individual coin!


50-Pence Piece: Many Designs, But Some Are Rarer Than Others

The heptagon-shaped fifty-pence piece has been issued with more commemorative designs than any other UK coin, and as designs are issued in variously sized batches, this can make the rarer designs much more collectible (and valuable) than others.

Prior to its reduction in size in 1997, a 1992/1993 issue to commemorate the completion of the EC single market and British presidency of the council of ministers had an issue of just 109,000 coins (compared to the usual 5-12 million!) and is therefore quite collectible. One of these commemorative coins reached around £30 on eBay as of December 2014. The coin is fairly distinctive, with a conference table with a 12-star design and the dates 1992 and 1993 written at the top. As it's of the larger variety, this 50-pence piece wouldn't be in circulation, but it might be worth checking your penny jar to see if you have one!

**Update April 2017** Of the current smaller 50p coins in circulation, the 2009-issued 250th anniversary of Royal Botanical (Kew) gardens design is the most sought after, as it had a small issue of only 210,000. During 2009-2013, many were available on eBay, and they were generally selling for up to £10 each. However during February 2014, there was a massive upsurge in interest in this coin due to the Royal Mint issuing a press release on 20th February 2014 citing this coin to be the rarest of all 50p issues. This information was then picked up by the UK press, and as a result, values soared up to the £50-£60 region, and on some occasions, even higher! Some dealers on eBay were even listing fixed price sales of £200 for this coin! There is still a good chance that the odd one may turn up in your change (I got handed one in change in February 2013 and then another in July 2013, so they are still definitely out there in circulation!). After the excitement of Royal Mint's press release died down, in early January 2015, prices for the Royal Botanical (Kew) Gardens 50p dropped down to the £30-£35 level, depending on condition. However, due to the phenomenal interest now in collecting circulating coins along with regular articles in the UK Press, prices are now regularly reaching £80-£90. *Caution*" - Due to the soaring values, there has, in late 2016 and early 2017, appeared a very large number of Fake and Copy versions, with the forgers keen to cash in on the high values, many of which appear to be originating from China, eBay is now awash with them and although many are being marketed as "Collector's Copies" and often feature the word "Copy" next to the "IRB" Initial on the obverse, even these are selling for £10-£15, however I think it will be very difficult to tell which are genuine and which are fake, as many of the sales descriptions attest, some sellers are reselling them on advising that they bought them in good faith, or marketing them as copies and "gap fillers", less scrupulous sellers are selling them as originals. As always, it is a vase of "Buyer Beware" and if you are looking to obtain a 50p Kew for your collection, if the price it too good to be true, then it most likely is! it may also be wise to purchase from a reputable seller with a good track history.


2012 London Olympic Commemorative 50-Pence Coins

The 2012 London Olympics commemorative coins are already proving popular with collectors and dealers alike. A total of 29 different designs have been issued, some in smaller numbers than others. The full sets are now commanding auction prices of around £50.00 (After the original issue in 2011, the sets were selling for £45-£50, these did drop to around £35 in 2014 but have since bounced back) . Individually, the coins probably most desirable, based on issue numbers, are likely to be the:

  • Football (issue of 1,125,500) - Selling for £5-£6
  • Wrestling (1,129,500) -Selling for £2.50 -£3.00
  • Tennis (1,454,000) - Selling for £3-£3.50
  • Wheelchair Rugby (1,765,500) - Selling for £2-£2.50

All other coins in the series were issued in numbers between 800K and 1.1 million. Some of these coins are in general circulation and currently going for £3-4 on eBay.

The Royal Mint confirmed in August 2012 that the amount of Olympic 50p coins "disappearing" out of circulation was their highest ever recorded since decimalization. Whilst they would normally expect 2-3% to be removed by collectors, an audit suggested that a huge 70% of the coins have been hoarded by collectors as a London Olympic's Souvenir.

The Royal Mint produced a Completer's Medal, that was available to purchase from the Royal Mint and Post Office's for £2.99, however these are quite difficult to find and are regularly selling for £23-£25.00, with the sealed version's in original hanging bags, selling for around £60!

All the designs for the 2011 Olympic Sports series were designed by the British public, but one of the first to be chosen was from a competition run by the British Children's Television Programme - Blue Peter. 9 Year Old Florence Jackson was chosen as the winner for her "Athletics" design and in 2009, a special presentation pack was created with the newly designed coin and dated 2009 (all other Olympic coins are dated 2011) and the pack was sold by the Royal Mint and Post Office's. It is estimated that around 100,000 of the packs were produced, which means it's one of the rarest 50p coins's produced. Today the packs are regularly sold for around £85-£90

There is a very rare Olympics 2012 Aquatics 50p coin that was issued initially, which featured the water passing directly over the swimmer's face. A small release of 600 coins were put into circulation. However, the design was withdrawn, and an altered design was issued with the swimmer in a cap and goggles and the face being clearly visible. So if you have collected the Olympic 50p coins, it's well worth checking your aquatics design 50p, some of the original version have appeared in circulation and versions of the original coin have been up for sale for anything between £900 & £3000! However, similar to the 2009 Kew Garden 50p, as of July 2017, there are increasing numbers of "forged copies" appearing and being offered for sale for anything between £10-£60! These appear to be excellent quality copies, so as always, in nearly all circumstances, if such a coin is being offered for sale, caution should be exercised, as unless the seller can provide a full and frank history, it is most likely a counterfeit.

Good luck in finding any of the rarer ones!

The rare, original design is shown on the left and the generally released design is on the right.

The rare, original design is shown on the left and the generally released design is on the right.

2002 Commonwealth Games Two-Pound Coins

These 2002 coins were issued to celebrate the XVII Commonwealth Games held in Manchester that year and are officially the rarest £2 Coins in circulation. The coins were issued in four designs, all very similar but with the small flag changed on each of designs to represent each country in Britain, and each had slightly different mintage figures:

  • Scotland (771,750)
  • England (650,500)
  • Wales (588,500)
  • Northern Ireland (485,500)

Northern Ireland is most sought out, for obvious reasons (around £28.00 as of April 2017, up from £15.00, as of June 2014), although the others are collectible with Wales around £12-£13, Scotland around £8-£10, and England around £10-£12. These coins are still about, as I was passed an England one very recently. The price estimates are based on circulated condition; uncirculated versions would hold a higher value. Circulated sets of all four coins are selling for around £40-£45 for circulated sets and up to £55 for good quality sets with little marking

2002 Commonwealth Games £2 coin with English flag

2002 Commonwealth Games £2 coin with English flag

British Crown Dependency Coins

A number of British Crown Dependencies such as the Isle of Man, Jersey, and Guernsey and British Overseas Territories such as Gibraltar or the Falkland Islands, along with many others, issue their own currency, which is fully exchangeable with the British sterling coinage. In most cases, the size and denomination of the coinage is also identical to that of the UK sterling coins.

The coins are usually produced by local or contracted mints rather than the Royal Mint, under licence, and it is not unusual for these coins to come into circulation in the UK. Some of these coins are quite collectible, often for their unique or unusual designs. For example, the Isle of Man coins (which are produced by Pobjoy Mint, who took over production from the UK Royal Mint in 1972) feature a huge range of designs, particularly in the 50 pence range, of which the T.T and Christmas designs from the early 1990s are popular with collectors. Circulated coins with these designs frequently sell for around £12-£15 on auction sites such as eBay. Gibraltar have also produced a number of Christmas-themed 50-pence, and these are also quite collectible, although some designs such as the "carolers" are more collectible than others.

The "Legend" of the 1983 Two-Pence (New Pence) Coin

The British two-pence coin was introduced during decimalisation in 1971. Between 1971 and 1981, all two-pence minted between 1971 and 1981 had "New Pence" on the reverse. In 1982, the Royal Mint decided to replace the wording "New Pence" with "Two Pence". In 1983, the Mint produced approximately 640,000 two-pence coins, which only went into special collector's sets and not into general circulation. However due to an error, a small number included the old-style "New Pence" on the reverse, instead of the new "Two Pence". Obviously, these are highly sought after and could reach anything between £250 to £650 depending on condition. However, the Collectors packs occasionally feature for sale, including a special promotional collector's pack from the drinks Company Martini, which include the "error" coin and these sell for around £600-£700, despite only having a face value of £1.85 & a Half Pence! However as with all exceptionally valuable rare coins, I would recommend caution if looking to add one of these sets to your collection, as have seen, as recently as May 2017, original sets offered for sale, but with obvious fake "New Pence" 2p included.

Royal Mint's First £20 Coin Issued in October 2013

Whilst it is unlikely (although not impossible!) that you'll be passed one of these back as change, On 31st October 2013, the Royal Mint minted a limited edition 20-pound coin for the first time. It was only available direct from the Royal Mint's website (unfortunately only available to UK residents with a maximum order of three per household), and there were just 250,000 produced. The coin was struck in .999 fine silver and featured Benedetto Pistrucci's George and the Dragon illustration on the reverse and Ian Rank-Broadley's Queen's head design on the obverse. The coin has proved to be popular with collectors and as of April 2014, the Royal Mint sold out all remaining coins.

The coins then started to appear on auction sites above their face value (£20-£25) with "for sale" values up to £35!

So it looks like these are now very collectible. Although they are legal tender, they are unlikely to appear in loose change, as most shops, I would imagine, we be unlikely to accept them. The Royal Mint also announced a second £20 coin issue in July 2014 with a design based around the anniversary of the First World War, which I would think is also very collectible.

New £20 sterling coin being issued October 2013

New £20 sterling coin being issued October 2013

Royal Mint Issuing "Lucky" Silver Pennies

This story caught my eye recently: The Royal Mint offered all babies born on the same date as Prince George (22nd July 2013) a limited-edition silver sterling penny! The coin is struck in .925 sterling silver. The first coin was presented to Prince George by the Mint and remaining coins were offered to parents of all babies born on the same day. The application for the coin had to be made via the Royal Mint's Facebook page (so 21st Century!) and closed on 20/09/13. The Royal Mint claims it only produced 2013 (although I'm not sure if this refers to the free give away or the overall mintage) of these coins and has confirmed that it had received 1,768 valid applications. The good news however, is that, as of 27/09/13, the Royal Mint is still advertising the coins as available to buy. However, based on the number minted and those claimed, I'd imagine there are very few left. They are on sale for £28.00 each (with either a pink or blue pouch), and I believe they accept international orders. I'd imagine these will become very sought after once they sell out. As of March 2014, the coins were available on eBay for around £27-£30.

When the Coins in Your Pocket Aren't Worth as much as you think!

A few questions raised by readers of this article have made me think it might be worth raising the issue of counterfeit coins. The most forged of all UK coins was the "Round" £1 coin, although now no longer in circulation, with the Royal Mint in November 2013 advising that they estimate that 3.04% of all one-pound coins in circulation are forgeries, which is an increase on their previous estimate of 2.74%. So, with an estimated 1.5 billion £1 coins in current circulation, it’s possible that as many as 45 million are fake! Which is a huge amount! The Royal Mint suggests that fakes can usually be spotted with close scrutiny. The most obvious sign is poor quality with the detailing not being sharp or well defined on either the reverse, observe, or edge milling, or that the characters are unevenly spaced. Also, as the designs are changed each year, the date may not correspond with the design that year, the weight may feel different, or the sound may differ from a genuine coin when dropped. Other signs to look out for are that the colour does not match that of other one-pound coins or that the coin appears shinier or newer than would correspond to its year of issue, as genuine £1 coins should lose their lustre in general circulation.

It’s worth mentioning that it’s illegal to pass on fake coinage and that the Royal Mint advises that any coins that are deemed forgeries should be handed in to the local Police Station (although, even with 45 million potential fakes in circulation, I doubt many are handed in!).

To combat this huge amount of counterfeiting, the Royal Mint has announced in March 2014 that it will issue a new £1 coin design, which will be released into circulation in 2017. The new 12-sided coin, similar in styling to the old pre-decimal three pence, is to be the world's first to have three-level security (overt, covert, and forensic), which the Royal Mint hopes will make it very difficult to counterfeit, or at least very easy to detect fakes. There have been some reports that since the introduction of the new £1 coin in March 2017, that there are what appear to be counterfeits surfacing, however the Royal Mint have been quick to deny such accusations, however there has been conclusive evidence of a number of production error coins, which i possibly where the confusion has arisen?

View of new £1 coin released 28th March 2017

View of new £1 coin released 28th March 2017

Spot the Fake? Hard to tell, but the coin on the left is almost certainly counterfeit

Spot the Fake? Hard to tell, but the coin on the left is almost certainly counterfeit

The Great British Coin Hunt

In the last couple of years, the Royal Mint has issued a series of four “Collectors” folders under the “Great British Coin Hunt” banner. These folders broadly follow the same format, in which there is space for all the available coin designs at the time of issue, along with one space for a “completer’s medallion”, which can be purchased directly from the Royal Mint online, or from usual online site’s and generally retails at UK£5.00 for the folder and £2.99 for the medallion.

The collector's folders issued so far are:

  • The “UK 50p Sports Edition Coin Collector's Album”, designed for collecting the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This folder can accommodate the 29 London 2012 50p coin designs, plus one space for the “Completer” medallion.
  • The “UK 50p Coin Collector's Album”, which accommodates 16x 50p coin designs (plus 1x completer’s medallion).
  • The “UK £1 Coin Collector's Album”, which accommodates 21x £1 Coin designs (plus 1x completer’s medallion)
  • The “UK £2 Coin Collector’s Album”, which accommodates 31x £2 Coin design’s (plus 1x completer’s medallion).

The interesting thing is that the completed sets are unsurprisingly very collectible and generally offer a value way over the face value of the coins that are in the folder. Generally, the rough value of each, (including the folder and completer’s medal) would be:

  • UK 50p Sports Edition Coin Collector Album—£35-£50 (Coin’s Face Value + Folder & Completer’s medal = £22.49)
  • UK 50p Coin Collector Album—£50 (Coin’s Face Value + Folder & Completer’s medal = £15.99!)
  • UK £1 Coin Collectors Album—£55 (Coin’s Face Value + Folder & Completer’s medal = £28.99)
  • UK £2 Coin Collector’s Album—£130 (Coin’s Face Value + Folder & Completer’s medal = £71.99)

The value of the 50p set is quite remarkable, but then half of its value is probably made up of the Kew Garden, which around July 2014 was worth about £20-£25! Nonetheless, the coin collector’s folders are a great product and a fantastic place to store those elusive coins! As of July 2014, all the collector's folders and completer's medallions are still available to buy directly from the Royal Mint.

The Great British Coin Hunt 2018

On 1st March 2018, the Royal Mint announced a new series of Ten Pence Pieces were being issued, initially via the UK Post Office network, consisting of 26 coin series featuring an A-Z of everything that is "quintessentially" British! The details of each coin are as follows;

A - Angel of the North
B - Bond James Bond
C - Cricket
D - Double Decker Bus
E - English Breakfast
F - Fish and Chips
G - Greenwich Mean Time
H - Houses of Parliament
I - Ice Cream
J - Jubilee
K - King Arthur
L - Loch Ness
M - Mackintosh
N - National Health Service
O - Oak
P - Post Office
Q - Queue
R - Robin
S - Stonehenge
T - Tea
U - Union Jack
V - Villages
W - World Wide Web
X - Marks the Spot (Pirates!)
Y - Yeoman Warder
Z - Zebra Crossing

Similar to the Beatrix Potter and Olympic Series, these are undeniably going to be much sought after by collectors and this is proving to be the case, however with an initial 100,000 mintage of each design, a month after release, it appears most are yet to find any in circulation and this is pushing prices of the BU versions higher, with prices anything from £2.50 to £8.00, for the more desirable coins, however the Royal Mint have advised more will be produced, to meet demands. A further 2.6 million were announced to be issued in October 2018.

The coins can be purchased directly from the Royal Mint for £2.50 each (! postage) and during 2019, they have been offering "lucky dip" bundles, with some discounting. The full set can be purchased from them for £52, (or £45 from City of Westminster), which does save some time and effort, but some have argued that this is a big mark-up on the face value of £2.60! Royal Mint do produce a nice collectors album for this series for around £10, available for both 2018 & 2019 versions.

In February 2019, the Royal Mint announced that 2.1 million 2019 dated versions of the 26 coins would enter circulation, however as far as Summer 2019, they still remain elusive, much to some frustration by collectors.

Interestingly, the Australian Post have in September 2019 launched their own series of A-Z $1 coins. In their own take, they've launched the "Great Aussie Coin Hunt" featuring an A-Z of Australian Icons!


2013/2014 Floral One Pound Designs

Towards the end of 2014, there has been a lot of interest from collectors in the 2013/2014 Floral Emblem One Pound Coin’s. The “England” and “Wales” versions were issued in 2013 with relatively low mintage levels of 5,270,000 each. The “Northern Ireland” and “Scottish” versions were issued in 2014 and although the Royal Mint haven’t yet released mintage figures, I would suspect the levels to be equal or slightly lower than the 2013 issues. There appeared to be few of the 2014 versions yet in circulation and collectors towards the end of 2014 and moving into 2015 were keen to add to their collections and were happy to pay a premium for these, as of December 2014, the “England” & “Welsh” designs were selling for £2-£3 and for the 2014 designs, the “Northern Ireland” design was fetching £3-£4, but it’s was “Scottish” design that appeared to be most in demand, with buyers willing to pay up to £10 (incl P&P). The "Round" Pound ceased to be legal tender on 18th October 2017, as such demand has dropped for these coins, however there is still some interest and demand as of April 2018, however a full set of 4x circulated condition is worth around £8-£9.

2013/2014 £1 Floral Emblem Designs L-R England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland

2013/2014 £1 Floral Emblem Designs L-R England, Wales, Northern Ireland, and Scotland

Collectible One-Pound Coins

When the "Round" Pound was due to disappear from circulation in on October 2017, collectors were keen to complete their collection and this was the peak period for values of the coin, however demand has no lessened, since they are no longer in circulation. The collecting potential of the mono nickel-brass one-pound coin has invariably overlooked in favour of its slightly more glamorous neighbour, the £2 coin. It may surprise some to learn that the one-pound coin, in its current format since 1983, has had 24 separate designs. However, on the whole, pound coins have generally had a large annual mintage figure of tens of millions and for some years even hundreds of millions. As of March 2014, over 1.5 billion were in circulation, making them perhaps less desirable to collectors. However, with the introduction in 2013 by the Royal Mint of its “Great British Coin Hunt” collector’s folders, it appears this perception changed.

There are a few one-pound coins that are rarer than others, with relatively low mintage figures. These are definitely worth looking out for. These are the:

  • 2011 one-pound “Edinburgh” design from the Capital Cities Series. This coin had a mintage of only 935,000, which is the lowest of all of the current one-pound coin designs in circulation, and collectors were willing to pay around £12-£14 for these coins, occasionally more during the early part of 2017, however as of 2018, this value appears to have halved to around £5-£6 at best.
  • In the same Capital Series is the 2011 “Cardiff” one-pound design, with a relatively low mintage figure of 1,615,000, making it the second rarest circulated one-pound design. Again, collectors were willing to pay around £7-£8 for the coin in 2017, but similar to the "Edinburgh", the price has dropped to around £3-£4.

The "Badge of London" (2,635,000) Pound was generally around £5 (as of 2018, maybe £2) and the Belfast (6,205,000) was worth around £2 (but now maybe £1) . Sets of all four were selling for £22-£25, as of April 2017, but as of 2018, now around £15-£18 for a good set, which is still not too bad!

The 2011 Edinburgh & Cardiff One Pound Coins

The 2011 Edinburgh & Cardiff One Pound Coins

2015’s £100 Pound Coin!

In late December 2014, the Royal Mint announced the release of their first ever one-hundred-pound coin! Featuring two ounces of .999 fine silver, the Royal Mint are issuing a limited release of 50,000. The coin will be one of the last to feature Ian Rank-Broadley’s Queen’s Head portrait, and on the reverse, the coin features London’s iconic “Big Ben”. The coin is a brilliant silver and 40mm in diameter, which makes it just slightly larger than one of the commemorative silver crowns. Although full legal tender, the issue is designed for collectors rather than general circulation (unfortunately!), so the chances of finding one in your change are pretty much zero. Nonetheless, it is a stunning coin in every sense. However, there has been a fairly significant drop-off in the collector's value's of non-standard and non-circulating coinage issued by the Royal Mint, possibly not helped by the Royal Mint's edict to Banks and Building Socities not to accept such coins, as they are intended as collectors items, rather than as currency, and therefore perhaps these are not considered the investment, they once were. While these coins increased up to £150 soon after release, but as of 201, were regularly offered for sale for £110-£115 but there doesn't appear to be a huge interest. The Royal Mint have since released further two editions of the coin, each representing a London Landmark; 2015's Buckingham Palace and 2016's Trafalgar Square. As of April 2018, the average value for each of the coins is £60-£70, well below face value.

2015 One Hundred Pound Coin

2015 One Hundred Pound Coin

2016 proved to be an extraordinary year for UK coinage, with a number of new designs featured on Two Pound and Fifty Pence coins, including new £3 Shakespeare’s anniversary - Shakespeare Histories/Crown & Dagger (4,615,000), Shakespeare Tragedies/Skull (5,695,000) & Comedies/Jesters Cap (4,355,00), Great Fire of London ((5,135,000) and Battle of Hastings (6,700,000). The set that so far appears to be creating the most interest is the five separate Fifty Pence design’s, that are being released to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter. Four of the coins feature reverse illustrations by Royal Mint designer Emma Noble of Beatrix Potter’s much loved characters – Peter Rabbit (9,600,000) Mrs Tiggy-Winkle (8,800,000), Beatrix Potter Anniversary (6,900,000) Squirrel Nutkins (5,000,000) & Jemima Puddleduck (2,100,000).

A small number of Peter Rabbit coins were initially released at Easter 2016 in England’s Lake District, at locations which had links to the author. The other designs should go into circulation in April to June 2016 and the Royal Mint are also producing a collectors album, so they will certainly will be in demand from collectors wishing to complete the set. As of April 2016, collectors were paying up to £14 to obtain the coin. Whilst not circulated coins, the Royal Mint also produced limited edition Silver Proof versions of these coins with the characters coloured-in. Limited to 15,000 of each design and retailing direct from Royal Mint at £55, the coins sold-out almost immediately and the initial Peter Rabbit design was selling on eBay for over £500 in early April 2006, slipped back to around £300, but are back up to £450 for the Peter Rabbit and slightly less for the other designs.

At the beginning of April 2017, The Royal Mint surprised nearly everybody, by announcing a further four additional coin designs in the Beatrix Potter Series. Once again, beautifully illustrated by Emma Noble, the first is another Peter Rabbit, this time a full figure illustration, along with Mr Jeremy Fisher, Tom Kitten and Benjamin Bunny. Similar to the first wave, these will be released into circulation at approximately two monthly intervals during 2017. As was the case with the first coins in the series, the Royal Mint produced limited edition Coloured Silver Proof version of the new Peter Rabbit, this time with an issue of 30,000, So popular was this offer, that there was a four hour queue to get onto the Royal Mint website and the announcement they were sold out later the same day. The proof coins immediately started to appear on eBay, selling up to £120, however they have dropped back to around £90, as of mid April 2017.

In May 2017, Royal Mint confirmed mintage figures for the Beatrix Potter series, which didn't offer too many surprises, but is as follows; Peter Rabbit , Mrs Tiggywinkle, Beatrix Potter Anniversary (6,900,000), Squirrel Nutkin (5,000,000) and finally and putting it in as the second lowest generally circulated 50p (excluding the 2011 Olympics!) - Jemima Puddleduck (2,100,000).

A couple of days after the start of 2018, the Royal Mint took the unusual step of releasing the mintage figures for the 2017 50p's, which revealed that the second wave had a much higher mintage that the first set with the 2017 Adventures of Peter Rabbit 50p has a surprisingly high 19,300,000, Tom Kitten (9,3000,000), Benjamin Button (11,300,000) and Mr Jeremy Fisher (9,700,000) which is more the unusual, in that as of January 2018, the final coin has yet to be issued into circulation.

In February 2018, the Royal Mint announced a further four coins being released in the series, taking the total in the set to 13. The releases for the year are Peter Rabbit (eating carrots), Floppsy Bunny, The Tailor of Gloucester and Mrs Tittlemouse.

Early 2019 saw the announcement that fourth design of Peter Rabbit would appear, taking the total number of coins in the series to 14! As in previous years, the forthcoming releases were announced together, it would seem likely this will be the last in the series.

2016 - 2017 Beatrix Potter 150th Anniversary 50 Pence Designs


2017 Royal Mint Coin Releases

Whilst 2017 hasn’t quite lived up to 2016’s bumper release schedule for new coins, 2017 has seen both significant and beautifully designed coins coming from the Royal Mint. All announced at the beginning of 2017, as well as the four new 50p Beatrix Potter designs, described above, there is one new 50p design featuring Sir Isaac Newton and two new £2 coin, one featuring Jane Austen and the other, a further addition to the WW1 centenary series, this time featuring WW1 Aviation. Somewhat oddly though, despite the Royal Mint releasing 8 new coin designs for 2017 and all them being available as BU Presentation and special editions, so far, as of the end of September 2017, only the new One Pound and 50p Sir Isaac Newton appear to be in general circulation.

Much of the values of all the coins are at a premium to face value, as present, as with the exception of the two mentioned, all of the coins mentioned have been available within Annual Sets, Presentation Packs or Pre-release uncirculated from Royal Mint or it’s resale distributors, see at the bottom, for more info.

The first monumental coin was inevitably the new 12-sided Pound coin, the first major design change in 34 years, driven predominately by reasons of security, to counteract the huge amount of forgeries of it’s predecessor, that has been in circulation since April 1983. An estimated 1.5Billion of the new coins have been minted, so other than the non-circulated proof, Piedfort and premium presentation packs, there has been little interest from collectors, however a number of mint error’s have appeared, particularly with misalignment with the core and outer ring, or even the inner core removed, and some of these have been of interest, however it is difficult to discern whether these have been deliberately manipulated, the latter option appears to be the view taken by Royal Mint. A pre-release trial One Pound Coins featuring a 2015 date and portcullis reverse were produced by the Royal Mint intended for the likes vending manufacturers/operators and other interested parties, to allow equipment to be updated for new machines to be changed. These are very much sought after and you never know, a few could have made it into circulation, and these are worth £90-£100!

The 50p Sir Isaac Newton was initially publicised to be released in September and caused some surprise when it started appearing, particularly in the West of England in June 2017. There had been some speculation that this could be a low mintage, but late early September 2017 has seen a large amount of these coins being issued into circulation, Personally think this is a stunning design, although with it’s intricate and delicate features, not sure if it will stand up to the rigours of circulation, would recommend a BU or presentation version to appreciate the coins quality. Brilliant Uncirculated versions are generally £8-£10, with circulated versions around £2.50. The Royal Mint have confirmed, in an unprecedented early release of information in January 2018, that the coin has a mintage of 1,801,500. This does make it the lowest minted 50p since 2011 and ranks it the 2nd rarest non-sport related 50p, narrowly beating 2016's Jemima Puddleduck, however, including the 2011 Olympic 50p's, it would rank it 20th rarest! In a surprise update to the mintage figures, it transpired that the Sir Isaac Newton was not the rarest 50p released in 2017, with the accolade awarded to the "definitive" 2017 Royal Shield, with just 1,800,000 being released, making it the second rarest in circulation, after the much vaunted "Kew Gardens".

The £2 Jane Austen coin was announced with much fanfare and a very limited release was issued in July 2017 to areas that had a link with Jane Austen , such as Winchester and Basingstoke, and is also interestingly perhaps the only coin to also feature on a circulating bank note at the same time, as Jane Austen appears on the new polymer £10 note. It was mentioned at the time that the £2 Jane Austen would be introduced into wider circulation at the same time as the new £10 note, released on 14th September 2017, however this didn't happen and towards the end of 2018, it appeared that this coin, along with the WW1 Aviation £2, would not in fact enter circulation, which is unusual. Can only assume that the decision was based on demand from the cash centres, which perhaps were holding a £2 surplus and therefore did not require the issue of the £2 coins. Whilst there are no mintage figures released yet for the year, it now seems certain it's mintage will be low, the the coin is currently selling for £12-£15 uncirculated,

The £2 WW1 Aviation coin features another stunning design from Dan Flashman from Tangerine Design (who was also jointly responsible for the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games 50p design). The coin has been available in Annual Sets and Presentation Packs for some time and no official general release date as yet, however with the current backlog, wouldn’t be surprised to see an early November release. As before, still only available (as of September 2017) as a BU Pre-Release or in a presentation pack and available for around £12-£15.As mentioned already,this coin will not appear in circulation.

2018 Royal Air Force formation Centenary

At the start of 2018, The Royal Mint announced that they would be releasing a new £2 coin to mark the Centenary of the Royal Air Force, the new coin would feature the badge of the R.A.F. on the reverse. They further trumped this in early March 2018, by announcing a series of new £2 coins, to be released throughout 2018 and five in total, to mark the occasion. As well as the first announced coin, the additional four coins are to feature iconic aircraft of the R.A.F. and include ; The Spitfire, one of the most iconic aircraft of WW2, coin released in April 2018, The Avro Vulcan , the UK's long range bomber from the Cold War Period, coin to be released May 2018. The Sea King Search and Rescue Helicopter, coin to be released in August 2018, and finally the last coin to be released in September 2018 will feature the latest addition to the R.A.F's air power - the Lockheed Martin F-35 , to be known as the Lightning II. A great series of coins (although a couple of design choices may raise some eyebrows!). Due to demand and the withdrawal of the old style Pound Coin and transition to the new 12-sided coin (with just over a Billion released into circulation between 2017-2018!) , the Royal Mint took the decision to halt the release of new £2 coins into circulation and due to this, these coins are sadly, only available in £10 Presentation Packs (or BU versions from distributors, primarily Westminster Collection, about £1 cheaper) and likely to have a far lower mintage than if they were to be issued into circulation (however, as of summer 2019, they are still widely available). This move also forced The Royal Mint to withdraw the sale of the RAF Centenary Collectors Albums, and this are quite scarce and would cost around £35-£40 to purchase one on the secondary market.


2018 50p The Snowman

To commemorate 40 years since the original publication of Raymond Briggs "The Snowman", The Royal Mint announced the release, just after midnight on 5th November 2018, that the much anticipated 50 pence piece was available from it's website. Although the coin is not entering general circulation, it is worthy of mention here, due to the high interest in the coin. A BU presentation pack is available from usual sources (Royal Mint, Post Office etc) for £10, non-presentation pack coins are available from the RM's primary dealer - Westminster Collection - for around £3.99 each (at last check, although the slightly hefty £2.99 postage charge tends to reduce any savings, unless ordering in bulk, I think there is a limit on 9 coin purchases, as of November 2018). Similar to the Beatrix Potter series, The Royal Mint, also issued colour silver proof & Gold proof, with the £60 silver versions being with a limited mintage of 15,000 & 400, respectively. The Silver proof retailed at £60 and the Gold £725! Unsurprisingly, these all sold out in around 14 hours! The colour silver proof versions, quickly appeared in the secondary market and as of November 2018, are already selling for up to £130-150!! Surprisingly, this isn't the first Raymond Briggs related 50p's to be issued. In 2015, Isle of Man released their own Snowman (and snow dog!) 50p and Gibraltar have released a 50p featuring Raymond Briggs's Father Christmas in 2004 and a newer version in 2018!


2019 Royal Mint Releases

Not long after the stroke of midnight, the Royal Mint announced details of a number of coins to be released in 2019. Including £2 Samuel Pepys, £2 WW2 Normandy Landings, £2 Wedgewood, a Sherlock Holmes 50p and a £5 Crown to mark the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria. These would be available in annual collector sets almost immediately, however as appeared to be the case for most of the previous two years, most of the coins would not be entering circulation and would only be available in BU presentation packs (retailing at £10 each), in annual collector sets, or loose from primary suppliers, with the explanation that the main reason's are demand from the "cash centres", however this did not appear to diminish the mint's release schedule, which perhaps could be explained due to the drop in demand/revenue from their primary income streams, with a requirement to increase sales via the collector's market, although this doesn't appear to be offering a huge appeal to the casual collector.

One "Silver" lining is that the 50p Sherlock Holmes has entered circulation and should be a possibility that this will appear in your change, with some luck!


February 2019 saw the release of the much anticipated "The Gruffallo" 50p. Offered in standard cupro-nickel presentation packs (unlimited), coloured silver proof presentation (30,000 total - 25,000 Royal Mint presentation/10,000 alternative presentations) and gold proof (600), although it was confirmed on release, somewhat unsurprisingly, that the coin would not enter general circulation. The proof coins proved popular, selling out within hours.

2019 Stephen Hawking 50p

2019 Stephen Hawking 50p

12th March 2019 saw the release of a new 50p to mark the life and achievements of the late Professor Stephen Hawking. Featuring a striking black hole illustration and his & Jacob Bekenstein's Entropy Equation, (the equation describes how black hole's not only pull in light, but also emit sub-atomic particles, known as "Hawking" radiation).

Remarkably, he coin is only the third to be produced in history that has been released within a year of the death of an individual (along with Sir Winston Churchill and H.M. The Queen Mother) and is believed to be the first in a series of four coins being marked to achieve British Innovators in Science.

Seems unlikely at this stage that the coin will enter circulation, as some design's such as the 2019 Sherlock Holmes, have been released after and have actually gone into circulation, however, they can still be purchased from Royal Mint and other distributors. This particular coin did have an unusually low silver proof mintage of 5,500, so this may give some indicator as to how many BU cupro-nickels will be produced

2019 - Paddington Bear Series

During 2018 and 2019, the Royal Mint have released a series of coins celebrating another children's favourite, Paddington Bear. Each of the coins feature Michael Bond's Bear from Darkest Peru, outside an iconic London building. 2018 saw the release of the first two coins, with Paddington at Paddington Railway Station, the second, at Buckingham Palace. 2019's release feature Paddington at The Tower of London and the fourth at St.Paul's Cathedral. Unlike many of 2018 & 2019's coin releases, the coins have been issued into general circulation.

Clockwise Top Left - 2018 50p Paddington at the Station, 2018 Padding at the Palace, 2019 Paddington at St.Pauls, 2019 Paddinton at The Tower.

Clockwise Top Left - 2018 50p Paddington at the Station, 2018 Padding at the Palace, 2019 Paddington at St.Pauls, 2019 Paddinton at The Tower.

The Future for UK Coinage?

Since 2019, whilst the Royal Mint have continued to release "commemorative" coins for collector's, annually, the last circulated coin release was the 2020 50p "Brexit" coin. The use of cash in the UK has fallen dramatically in the last decade, in the most part due to contactless and card payments, but this has been further escalated during the global pandemic. In 2020, the Royal Mint announced that they have no current intention of releasing any further £2 or 2p coins into circulation for at least a decade, as there is estimated to be enough already produced to cover this period. This, as well as the Bank of England's current consultation in 2021, of it's own cryptocurrency, this all seems to be bad news for the casual coin collector and the future of finding exciting coins in change, here in the UK.

So Many Questions & So Few Answers!

Thank You for visiting the page, it is really appreciated that you've taken the time to visit. I do get quite a lot of Questions and Comments about coins and their values and have always tried my best to help and answer as many as I can, however in the past year or so, balancing work/life/family has left little time to dedicate to this task and I have found that I have had occasions when I can answer 2 or 3 questions, often months after they have been raised and for other questions, I have not had the opportunity to answer at all, and for this, I sincerely apologise! Please feel free to ask any questions, but please bear in mind the above and I will do all I can to answer (eventually!) but I can't promise, but will try my best! I do have other presences online (notably the book of faces! Under the same name as this) which can often elicit a more timely response. As the vast majority of enquiries are related to the value of coins, I would wholehearted recommend the excellent site, which contains a fantastic up to date resource for coin values and UK dealer details. Thanks for your patience and understanding. Best Regards! Kieran

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Interestedinww2 on May 20, 2018:

Hi so i got a £2 coin 1945-2005 and you can read the text by putting the head of her majesty the queen under so if you put the side where the palace is down te text is upside down worth anything?

Carl on May 14, 2018:

1997 Isle of Man 50p ?

Zara Brewis on April 11, 2018:

Hi I have a £1 coin dated 2016 however the middle is the wrong way? Is this worth anything?

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on March 30, 2018:

Thank You Vincent!

Vincent O'Connell on March 29, 2018:

I think that you make the coin range very plain and simple

Bill on February 03, 2018:

Hi I got a 1998 Standing On The Shoulders Of giants £2 coin in my change and on inspection I noticed the letter I was missing from the word giants around the edge of the coin when I took a closer look there are other letters that have parts missing from them is this a popular error on the coin,thank u

Pina on January 14, 2018:

Hello. Please explain how i can find out if my coins are error coins and worth anything?

jane on November 19, 2017:

i have a roger banister 4 minute mile run 50 p how much would that be?

Zita on November 17, 2017:

I have found a new 1 pound coin with one of the dates on the reverse side of the coin with the 2 in the 2017 upside down. Have you ever heard of this error?

Mandy on October 14, 2017:

I have a 2 new pence coin on 1971 worth value of this coin

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on August 11, 2017:

Many Thanks for the comment, Greatly Appreciated! I'm not always the quickest at replying to questions, also have a FB page that's slowly growing in popularity and is a little less static than this one, although I still do my best to keep the page up to date with any new issues

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on August 11, 2017:

Hi Karen, I'm guessing it's the new 12-sided One Pound Coin that you received? It does appear that there are a few coins turning up with blank sides, and whilst the Royal Mint are usually pretty careful, it is inevitable that the occasional miss-strike will occur, especially as the Royal Mint have so far produced approximately 1.5Billion of the new coins! There is definitely still a fair amount of interest in genuine error new £1 coins, which yours certainly sounds like, and I would hazard a guess that it would be worth somewhere around the £20 region. Best of Luck if selling it!

Maheen Raja on August 10, 2017:

I have a special made by Rocks a fish I can sale it

susan elizabeth nash. on July 27, 2017:

I have a welsh floral £1 with the queens head sideways.can anyone tell me what its worth? the royal mint museum have confirmed its not fake.

Karen w on July 25, 2017:

In a wage packet I received in the first week that they issued a £1 coin, back whenever, one of the coins was a £1 coin blank which had clearly missed the pressing machines but ended up in the bank of england coins issued bags. Any thoughts on worth of this & did anyone else receive anything similar. on July 20, 2017:

Great piece of information , Great help for collectors Thank you

Paul on June 22, 2017:

Hi Kieran, just came across a £2 technology mule coin today in my change dated 200. Any idea of value or how to get a valuation. To be honest I can't believe my luck as I always check but this is the first time I have ever found anything.

Look forward to hearing from you.



terry on June 01, 2017:

got a 1989 1 pound coin fron isle of man with the name ellan vannin and a mobile phone in the middle ..well worn is it worth anything

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on May 09, 2017:

Hi! There is a 2010 One Pound with a Boat on the Reverse Design - The Belfast Capital Cities One Pound. This is one of a set of four which are generally the rarest of all the round pound coins but the Belfast had a much greater mintage mintage (6,205,000) than the other three in the set and puts it into the 9th place of rarity, compared to other round pounds. Demand seems to have dropped for the coin and worth currently £1.50, as buyers seem to be more interested in the set of 4 at present.

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on May 09, 2017:

Hi John, You don't need to sign up on this site to answer questions, but from me at lest, you have had to wait a while for a reply! Sorry!

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on May 09, 2017:

Hi Nikki, Sorry it's taken so long to reply! I don't know if you still have the coins, but if you do...Firstly the 2015 £2 Magna Carta had a mintage of just 1,495,000 which puts it into the top 10 of rarest £2 coins (at #10!19th rarest of all circulating). There is a demand from collectors as it doesn't regularly turn up and it regularly sells for £4-£5. The £2 Steam Roller sounds like the 2004 Richard Trevithick 200th Anniversary of first steam locomotive which is relatively uncommon, with just over 5 million minted, these are worth a little over face value, as best £3. The One Pound coins you have/had sound like the 2013/14 Floral series, each of the four designs, representing the national flowers for England,Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland had mintage between 5-6million, each valued at around £2.50 at the moment. Many Thanks!

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on May 09, 2017:

Hello! I believe there was a mintage of just 720,000 of the 1998 Balliwick of Jersey £2. Fairly niche interest in Jersey coins but they are still sought after, this one would be worth around £3-£4.

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on May 09, 2017:

Hi John, Apologies that it's taken me over half a year to reply! My new resolution it to keep on top of the Q&A's on this page, as I've devoted far too much attention on the concurrent CYUKC Facebook page! I think I've pretty much answered the same question with regard to your 2009 Charles Dickens £2 to Sharon & Hewie just now, hopefully these have answered your question, which by now, you've probably all but forgotten about asking anyway! But if you have any additional questions, I absolutely promise to answer them a bit more promptly!

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on May 09, 2017:

Hi Freya, it's been so long since you posed the question that I wouldn't be sure you still have this coin, however just for info, the £2 St.Pauls Coin was issued in 2005 to mark the 60 years since the end of the Second World War. It had a mintage of 10,191,000 which means it isn't particularly rare, however there is usually some minor interest from collectors looking to complete collections and these will often sell for £3-£3.50 including postage

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on May 09, 2017:

Hi Hewie, Thanks for visiting and posing the question, Sorry it's taken a ridiculously long time to reply! I have been dedicating a bit too much time on the Facebook Version of this page and neglected this page far longer than I should have! Your question appears very similar to Sharon's above. The 2012 Charles Dickens coin had an issue/mintage of 8,190,000, which although low by some of the mintage standards, is a fairly standard issue for a commemorative £2 coin and therefore it isn't especially rare. There have been a number of reports of mintage errors on this coin, in particular the edge inscription. Now here's the odd thing, various coins in the past have had the Royal Mint acknowledge errors in production and the values have soared (the 2009 undated 20p, 2015 WW1 Royal Navy are just a couple of examples) but it does appear that the values of such coins only appear to generally escalate once the national press have reported on it and this invariably causes a "bubble" in value, which quite often can subside.

A prime example of this, is the 2005 Guy Fawkes/Gunpowder Plot edge inscription that read "Pemember" instead of "Remember". Around 2009/2010, these were regularly selling for £18-£20, as the coin was invariably mentioned in the articles surrounding the undated 20p, however today, they are occasionally selling for £5-£6, as the coin is rarely mentioned these days.

So that's the upshot really, as the Charles Dickens mintage errors haven't been widely reported and never regularly featured as one to look out for, there hasn't been enough interest to stoke the demand, but you never know, although slightly unlikely, this could change at some point in the future, but until then, afraid the coin is still really face value, or slightly over, regardless of mintage errors.

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on May 09, 2017:

Hi Sharon, Thanks for visiting the page! The 2012 Charles Dickens £2 coin had a mintage of 8,190,000, which puts it into the lower mid range of coin rarity (to put this into perspective, all of the top 10 rarest £2 coins had a mintage of just over 1.5million or below!). So I'm afraid it doesn't really have a value of much more than it's face value of £2. There do appear to be a number in circulation that have a production error in the edge inscription (similar to the 2005 Gunpowder Plot) which reads "SOMETHING WILI TURN UP" instead of "SOMETHING WILL TURN UP", however in the fickle world of coin collecting, the error hasn't been widely reported, and therefore it hasn't added any value or demand for the coin. It does though, in my opinion, have one of the best designs of all the £2 coins! Many Thanks!

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on May 09, 2017:

Hi Jason, Thanks for visiting the page. There is still an interest in interesting Serial Numbered new Polymer Five Pound Notes, although not nearly as much as there was after the initial release in September 2016. The only one in the AK range is the "AK47" serial number range, with it's obvious links. At the moment, buyers will pay £6-£8 for an "AK47". The ones to really watch out for still are any in the "AA01" Serial Number Range. The closer to "AA01 000001", the more valuable they are, these are still fetching anywhere up to £75.

Jason Williams on May 08, 2017:

I have about 10 new five notes all AK wot do you think I have from them

Sharon on May 03, 2017:

Hi I have a Charles dickens £2 coin is it worth anything?

sheila on March 30, 2017:

I have a wwf 2011 50p which I have been told is valued over £100 is that correct I also have a full set of beatrix potter coins in a collector's folder can you tell me how much they are worth and how I can sell them please .

Hewie on January 28, 2017:

Hi, was just wondering if someone might be able to help out with some info on a £2 coin I have. Its a charles dickens 2 pound coin with 3 mint errors, now I know nothing about coin collecting, in-fact we had it in our sons money box took it out and had a look at it and there is infact 3 mint errors on this we went to eBay to see if they sell for much and found one up for £1500...? so this in hand we decided to call a couple of coin collector in our town only for them to say its only good to put in there tills....? so my question this coin really worth the value stated on an eBay account or only good for someones till.........that said I nearly give it to the pizza delivery man before checking up on it...any help would be great thanks.

adie on January 24, 2017:

i have got 2x one pound coins with a mobile phone on the back of it can`t find out from no where to see what it is worth ??

Chris Freeman on January 08, 2017:

May i ask please why some Peter Rabbit silver 50ps are worth more than others ?

john heslop on December 12, 2016:

Hi I have in my possession a Charles Dickens circulated £2.00 coin with major printing errors ie (will) reads (wiii) plus some dots around the Queens head are missing ,could anyone help me as to its value if any?


Lea on November 02, 2016:

Hi I have a 1997 20p with no date on the queens head side is this valuable? Thanks

Unique on October 23, 2016:

hello i would like to know about the first 20p coin and its worth

Freya on September 30, 2016:

I have the 1945-2005 ww2 £2 with St. Paul's cathedral on the reverse, is this one worth anything?

john heslop on September 25, 2016:

I have a £2 Charles dickens coin on the edge where it should read something will turn up it has a printing error and reads something wiii turn up also dots around the queens head from the crown to her neck are missing a friend told me it may have some value I personally have no idea. could anyone advise me. THANK YOU

DiamondGuy60 on September 23, 2016:

I got a 1998 Bailiwick of Jersey £2 coin, wondering if you knew the mintage of it?

nikki on September 21, 2016:

im really sorry as new to this i have been given a couple of coins in change today i have never seen before and wndered if they are rare or worth anything....1 is a £2 coin with the magna carta pictured on it another is another £2 with a steam roller on it....then i have 2x £1 with 2 different pictures of flowers on but i have looked every where and cannot find either of the £2 and even though i can see the £1 here on ur page i still not sure of the worth,please could you advise.

J Banks on September 17, 2016:

I have one of the collectable one pound coins, you didn't show it on the pictures, so I was wondering is the boat one from 2010 rare or so?

J Smith72 on August 10, 2016:

sorry to comment again but not sure if i have one of the rare kitchener 1st world war £2 coins in my possession if anyone could help me please and what it might be worth thank you

J Smith72 on August 10, 2016:

Hi im new to collecting coins im wondering if the older style 50p, 10p and 5p coins are of any value at all

Stoopystoop on August 08, 2016:


I'm very much a novice in the coin world, and would like to ask a question.

I've seen a Mary Rose £2 coin dated 2015, and with no edge inscription. It might just be a new issue I'm unaware of, but have only ever seen the 2011 ones. Is this something I should hold on to, or just another issue that will likely be circulated in large number soon?

With many thanks and kind regards


Julie Ford on August 03, 2016:

Hi, I have a few of the circulated Peter Rabbit coins and one of them has got a completely smooth face. No features at all. Have you come across this?

sarah on July 29, 2016:

Hi, I've got a Charles Dickens £2 coin I know there not worth much but this has a miss print around the rim. It reads something wIII turn up also has half the dots missing around the Queens head. Would it be worth anything?

Allan on July 18, 2016:

I have a 2015 5p coin with Elizabeth stamped in error, ( the "a" is virtually non existent and a couple of other letters aren't prominent

chris on July 14, 2016:

queens head on one side underground on the other 2 pound train.

peekay on June 29, 2016:

Hi just looking through some of your comments and found someone had a silver 1 pence piece dated 2005.Did the person get back to you with the sale price as i have one dated 1986 thanks peekay

Clea5 on June 17, 2016:


I have come across a 2015 20 pence piece that is partially copper. On the Queen's side the top third is lightly copper-coloured, and a stripe of copper runs parallel further down, but the rest of the coin is silver. I've tried to very gently rub it to make sure it's not just dirt etc. but it's not coming off.

Could this be a minting error (that might be worth more than 20p to someone) or is it more likely a fake? I've emailed the Royal Mint this question also.



Glynn Creer on June 15, 2016:


I have a silver one penny Mint error

This is in circulated condition but very minimally as it's barely marked on the edges.

Minted in 2000

It appears to have missed a process during the coppering stage... (The coin is deemed not to be real silver)

Is this worth more than a penny :)

Thank you

Glynn Creer on June 15, 2016:


I have a silver one penny Mint error

This is in circulated condition but very minimally as it's barely marked on the edges.

Minted in 2000

It appears to have missed a process during the coppering stage... (The coin is deemed not to be real silver)

Is this worth more than a penny :)

Thank you

Mary on May 14, 2016:


I have a £2 2010 Florence Nightingale coin, it appears to have an off centre strike. The beads around the Queens head are missing on the lower right hand side and the writing around the Queens head at the top is partially cut off. Is this coin worth anything?

Thank you

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on February 12, 2016:

Hi Laura, Thanks for viewing the page and raising the question regarding the Benjamin Britten 50p! Danielle raised the very same question a while back, which I've only just gotten round to replying! But as per my previous answer, sadly the BB 50p isn't worth much more than face value! I'm really unsure why quite a number of people are listing these with unfathomably inflated prices, although I suspect most of them will be quite disappointed!

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on February 12, 2016:

Hi Danielle, Thanks for posting the question! I'm really not sure how many hopeful eBayers have come to the conclusion that 2013's Benjamin Britten 50 Pence is a rarity and could be worth £1000's of pounds! So yes, you're right, I think it is all too good to be true! The coin was issed with a mintage of 5,300,000, which although slightly on the lower side of most 50p issue's, to be it into context, 2011's WWF 50p had a mintage of 3,400,000, so is a much rarer 50p (although you could compare this again to the "rarest" 50 Pence, 2009's Kew Garden, which had just 210,000). The only exceptional item related to the Benjamin Britten 50 pence, as nice a design, as it is, was this it was the first ever 50p to have the date and denomination on the obverse side! But this alas, does not skyrocket it's value! So I'm slightly sad to say that the coin's value would perhaps be a little over face value, but not much more! Good Luck with the coin hunting! I've also got a Facebook page of the same name, which get's a "slightly" more regular update than this one!

Laura Clarke on February 11, 2016:

I've just got a 2013 Benjamin Brittan 50p coin. Some of the prices on eBay range from 45-4000. How much is it actually worth ?

Danielle on January 05, 2016:


I have a Benjamin Britten 50p coin from 2013 ive managed to come across. Seen some of these listed for well over £1000 on eBay...

Although i feel this could be too good to be true.

Any ideas? Many thanks

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on November 19, 2015:

I know it's some time past that you acquired the 50p Kew Gardens, but it's an Awesome find and Thanks for sharing and giving us confirmation and hope that the rarest of all 50p's can still turn up in change. These are still worth £35-£40 at present and very much in demand.

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on November 19, 2015:

Hi Matt, So Sorry it has taken a ridiculous amount of time to reply, unfortunately due to work and family commitments, I have had zero time to dedicate to it, but hoping to catch up at last! A lot of people ask about 2013’s Benjamin Britten 50 Pence Piece. Whilst not overly rare, it did have one of the lower mintage amounts of 5,300,000. For collectors, I would suggest it would be worth around £1, perhaps £1.50-£2.00 if in perfect (BU) condition, although you do often see the coin for sale on eBay, for example, for thousands of pounds! You have to admire the sellers’ optimism!!

Mark on October 03, 2015:

Hi I have 2 2015 20p pieces the fronts are the same but the reverse with the queens portrait are diffrent.

Aswell as beong different portraits one says d.g reg .f.d. while the other says dei.gra.reg.fid.def.

Audrey on September 15, 2015:

Hi i have the following:

£2 - works of Charles Dickens

£2 - commemerating ww1

50p - public library

Olympics - fencing and wheelchair.

Are any of them worth anything please.

Shirelle88 on August 25, 2015:

hi firstly i'd like to say i have enjoyed reading through your hub page very interesting!!

secondly i could kick myself as normally look up these coins i had the 50p kew and the 50p olympics swimming coin (without goggles) and spent it not thinking nothing of it :-(

I do have a couple of coins here if you don't mind telling me if they are worth anything? I have the

50p public libarys (yr) 2000

50p commonwealth games glasgow (yr) 2014 with a runner and a peddle bike racer

50p WWF (yr) 2011

united states of america one cent 1964

united states of america one cent 1986

one penny 1938

one penny 1946

half penny 1931

one penny 1931

united states of america quarter dollar Nevada 1864 (yr) 2006

GeorgIVS one cent canada 1919

georgeIVs 1939 farthing

i also have some new pence's which need to be sorted out! thank you for your time

Daniel on August 08, 2015:

Hi I have a 1994 40th anniversary Gibraltar pound coin but it has no Latin on the edge only Ridge's is that an indication that it is a fake?

osmodia on August 06, 2015:

Just picked up a 2015 £2 coin that must be a Friday afternoon job! The centre section is not central, only about a mm but really noticeable, also there is some scuffing to the inner edge of the outer ring and a punch error in the centre. Rare ??

Excellent page by the way, thanks for all your hard work.

steven macdonald on July 24, 2015:

Hi there i collect i have a 2015 5pence but the P on the back is less visable like the £2 Dounds coin but the P is invisable at some angles not struck proper maybe ive looked close & the line down the middle of the full coin stops were the P starts but the middle below line is ok starts in middle but p is faded fully no other 5p is like this ive looked at 100s the P in Pence is so flat that it disappears when under a light found in my mums purse like u i check all coins am a young colecter you can see the P in pence but defo not normal.

whats intresting is the line going down stops at top of P then starts like normal from middle as the 5p line touches with a grove this doesnt only top like this then in middle the line start as normal but the full P is like a ghost even the line starting next to it the P is like 1/5 shallower than ENCE is this a ENCH COIN or i call it magic P as can make it dissaper in light the small textures look fine what do u think minting stamp error hopefully 1 off coin lol i have scottish £1 if any one wants to swap for irish £1 new design am missing 1 £1 am sure its nothern Ireland hopefully we have a ENCH COIN am hoping this 2015 5pench is special should i sell or wait the p is flat looks more 5 Ench but P is just visable but as i say defo not like any other 5pench 2013to2015 checked loads i dony think its rubbed off as its 2015 coin is great circulated 2015 5 pench or as i call it the 2015 magic P 5ench my name steven macdonald great read coins not made like they used to be i have first 3pence to bear the queen festive of britain thesse are better struck than all newer coins but am a collector of all queen Elizabeths coins tgere a swap app coming out i need some swaps should be good how do i join the fourm & any advice on 5pench would be great maybe put on ebay but its the first 5 ENCH i know off & i have it looks a struck error found 22nd july 2015 a 2015 5p uk but @ first glace looks ENCH the P is there but only just visable steven macdonald thx

Karl Harrison on July 22, 2015:

Hi there.

I have a 1980 silver 2 pence coin. Obviously it says new pence but I wondered if it is unique as it is silver

Francis on July 22, 2015:

Hi, I've 5 Floral Emblem Designs coins. how much does it worth. please do let me know .Thanks

zoe on July 11, 2015:

Hi i have a benjamin britten 50p wondered if its worth anything

Matt on June 30, 2015:

I've got a £2 coin and ot has dates on both sides. I've been told its a fake. Would this be true?


sarah on June 26, 2015:

hiya i have a kew garden 50p but its not got a bottom edge? trying to find out why this is, has anyone else seen this? thank you

Ryan from Manchester on June 14, 2015:

What a great read, will be keeping a close on that change in the future. All the best.:)

Julie on June 12, 2015:

HI, I have a number of what "appear" to be of the rarer £2 coins, (I have just burst open my savings jar). I know a lot of them will not be worth much more than face value, my question is this How do I find someone who will look at them for me and give me a value? Coin collectors don't seem to want to look at them

Adam on June 12, 2015:

shamrock and flax plant 2014. Is this worth more than £1

markie on June 05, 2015:

Hey I have a 2007 abolition of slavery £2 and a 2013 anniversary of the golden guinea and just wanted some info on rarity and value. Thanks

kellysunshine on June 03, 2015:

hi there i have a brand new 20p that has been clipped in 2 places came out of sainsburys self service machine with 3 other brand new 20ps that were normal. what could it be worth please.

Phill on June 02, 2015:

I have a benjamin britian 50p coin is this rare and how much could i get

pitprop on May 25, 2015:

I have a 1978 Isle of Man 1 pound coin with the three legs on it. But it's only as thick as a new 5 pence. Is it a special, or a mint Error?

Also does the centering (raised dots off center) and external lettering orientation?around a two pound coin matter for worth?

James on May 22, 2015:

Boom! Just acquired a Kew Gardens 50p, handed over in change at the shop! :-o

Sooo for those still on the hunt, keep looking, they are still out there :-)

David from Mexico on May 01, 2015:

I want the big ones, really where can I find some of those disk-coin?


Aleksss on April 29, 2015:

I was reading the hub and I saw ur comment.

The 2 pence coin u have don't have any value as they are the correct one's. The one which is worth something is "new pence" from 1983 ONLY.

Regarding Benjamin coin u can sell it on e_bay for £1 to £1,50.



Cheryl on April 28, 2015:

Hi, I have had two 2015 one pence coin with the forth portrait on it now, was a tad puzzled as this year we will be seeing the 5th portrait. All other coins i have had in my change stop at 2014, any light on this one?

Many thanks

rachel c14 on April 26, 2015:


I have 3 of the 1971-1981 "new pence" 2 pence coins & a 2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence coin. I've heard theyre worth money & people collect them? Where do I take them to to sell or for advice?

Can anyone please help me with this? could anyone tell me the value of these coins please?



vvb on April 20, 2015:

Thanks for the reply, I also managed to obtain:

7*£2 united nations 1995

9*£2 dove of peace 1995

6*£2 commonwealth games 1986

All coins are circulated, but in good condition, can u tell me about there value.


Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on April 20, 2015:

Hi vvb, Thanks for raising the question (Sorry it’s taken a while to reply!), the details of the coins you have are as follows;

1989 Tercentenary of Claim of Rights (Scotland) – These are the older “Mono” nickel brass Two Pound Coin style and are much in demand from collector’s, These coins were issued to commemorate King William and Queen Mary’s acceptance of a Declaration of rights before coronation, which in very simple terms shifted the governing power from Crown to Parliament, two versions of the coin were issued, one of Scotland (Claim) and one for England (Bill) as the two acts were separate and affected the different countries. in a good circulated condition, usually worth around £20!

1989 Tercentenary of the Bill of Rights (England)- Again, issued in 1989 as explained above. There were 4,777,891 £2 coins issued in total that year, but there is no definitive confirmation from Royal Mint the percentage split, some data suggests English “Bill of Rights” had a mintage of 4,397,000, which would indicate the “Claim of Rights” having 380,891 issued, whilst other sources indicate 346,000, were issued, although the numbers don’t add up, it seems clear they are in this region, which would add weight to the valuation of the “Bill of Rights” coming in at around £7-£10.

1996 European Championship – Again, the older “Mono” coloured commemorative Two Pound Coin design, 5,141,350 coins issued (which is relatively modest) and as these are no longer in circulation, are in demand from collectors. A good circulated version would usually be worth around £10.00. Any abnormality to a coin might add some value to the coin, although I would expect a modest few pounds, if it is a genuine error, rather than a post-production cause, it is very hard to predict the value of one-off error’s as there is very little precedent to compare it with.

These are great finds and already pretty valuable compared to the original face values, Thanks for asking the question!

Kk on April 06, 2015:

I have a 2003 dna double helix £2 coin but the queens head is printed on the wrong side. Is it worth anything?

matt on April 06, 2015:

Hi kcent. What is the current value of a benjamin britten 50p coin?

vvb on April 04, 2015:

I forgot to mention that one of european championship coins seems to have missed the plating process as the coin has a patch were u can see the brass of the coin. It doesn't seem to be caused by wearing, will this affect the value.


vvb on April 02, 2015:


Since my last posting I have managed to obtain the following coins at face value:

5*claim of rights £2

5*bill of rights £2

6* european championship £2

can u tell what they are worth, all coins are circulated, but in good condition.


Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on April 02, 2015:

Hi Dave, Thanks for taking time to view the hub. The 50p you have is one of two designs issued in 2006 to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Institution of the Victoria Cross, and this particular coin had a mintage if 10,000,500, which makes in not massively rare but some collectors would be normally willing to pay around £1-£1.50, depending on condition. Hope this helps? Best of Luck!

Dave on April 02, 2015:

Hiya been checking my change again and have found a 50p coin dated 2006 the emblem on the back appears to show a soldier carrying a wounded comrade, any value to it?

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on April 01, 2015:

Thanks matt, my pleasure, always happy to help if I can and happy to hear of any acquired coins that are of interest. Good Luck with the coin hunting!

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on April 01, 2015:

Hi Trish, Thanks for viewing the hub (and your kind comments, Much Appreciated!). From what you've described, I'm pretty certain that the coin you have is a fake, for a number of reasons. Firstly the Welsh Dragon on the One Pound reverse was only issued in the years 1995 and 2000, secondly along with the Dragon design, the edge inscription should read "PLEIDIOL WYF I'M GWLAD" and not "DECUS ET TUTAMEN" (The edge inscription is always in Uppercase, if in lower case, then this would be another indication the coin is counterfeit). The only £1 designs issued in 2008 were the "Royal Coat of Arms" and the "Shield of Arms". Finally, the obverse side Queen's head text should read "Elizabeth II D.G.REG.F.D 2008", the word "Queen" and "the Second" is never used on any design. So as you can see, your coin appears to be wrong in every way, which I think would conclusively prove it to be counterfeit, but interesting nonetheless! Thanks for raising the question. Good Luck!

matt on March 30, 2015:

Thanks again kcent. My collection seems to be coming along of £2 coins. I now have bothe London underground, Mary Rose, guy fawkes with the mint error on the edge, the lighthouse and the abolishment of slavery. Plus the ones thats I have already told you. Thanks again

trishwood2014 on March 28, 2015:

Hi kcent, I have a £1 coin, im not sure if its a error or fake. The weight and colour are as they should be. It is a welsh dragon

( but looks like its not stamped hard enough) the other side inscription is "queen Elizabeth the second 2008" the edge inscription is "decus et tutamen" ( with lines present).

I would believe this is a fake but it is the right weight and size and colour and printed well apart from the light stamp on one side. Would love your opinion on this. Many thanks trish. Love your blog :-)

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on March 26, 2015:

Hi Ben, Firstly you just need to verify that the 50p's you have are the "rare" Aquatic designs. These were the coins that were initially issued in commemorative packs by the Royal Mint and, this is the important part - have water lines passing over the swimmer's face, so that although you can still see the swimmer's profile, mouth and nose, the rest of the details obscured by the water "lines", The initial release was estimated to be only 600 before the design was withdrawn and a new design was issued with the swimmer's face clearly visible as the water/waves are not shown passing over the face profile.

If the coins are of the first/withdrawn design,then I would say you pretty much have a house deposit! as these are currently valued in the £1000 - £1300 region, depending on condition but I would think they would be worth more sold individually. If the coins are the generally release second design, then they are worth around £1.50. Hope this helps? Best of Luck!

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on March 26, 2015:

Hi Jo-anne,Thanks for viewing the Hub, it sounds like you've received a 2011 Olympics "Aquatic", one of the 29 designs issued to commemorate the 2012 London Olympics (I was very excited to receive one myself earlier this week as well!). The Olympic coins don't appear in change as much as you would expect, this may be due to the amount that have disappeared from circulation, which the Royal Mint estimate is the highest percentage of any coin series they have ever issued, at a staggering 70%! (Compared the normal expected figure of 2-3%), this is solely down to collectors trying to complete the set! The Aquatics coin, although not the highest, did have one of the larger mintage's of the series, with an issue of 2,179,000 (the lowest was Football, at 1,125,500). All the Olympic 50p's still enjoy a level of demand and the "Aquatic" design would currently be worth in the region of £1.50. Best of Luck!

Ben on March 26, 2015:

Hi, a friend a while back mentioned about the rare aquatics 50p. I deal with money for a living and I've now got 8 of these rare 50p coins. Didn't have a clue about the value of these coins until I read this hub so thankyou!! Would it be more beneficial to sell these individually or as a set?

Jo-anne on March 26, 2015:

Hi ive just been given an usual (in my amateur opinion lol) a 50p coin it is Olympics ..which I've had a few of...but this is with a swimmer on it.

I got it from tescos in change and proceeded to go to the bank to pay a bill when I handed the cash (inc the 50p) the cashier asked if I had an alternative 50p I could pay with and I should keep that one?? I put it in my purse but wished I had asked if its worth anything's not like it's old or anything?? Thanks

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on March 24, 2015:

Hi Chris, Thanks for viewing the Hub, Firstly, what an amazing find, it does sound like your coin is likely to be a mint production error. Up until September 1992, copper coinage composition in the UK was 97% Copper, 2.5% zinc and 0.5% tin, but due to rising metal prices, the composition of “copper” coinage was changed to copper plated steel (which means all One and Two Penny coins since 1992 are also magnetic). This has, in turn, led to the occasional coin slipping into circulation which has missed the copper plating process and whilst this is incredibly rare, they do turn up from time to time, as there have now been a number mention from readers above. As to the value, well here’s the tricky part, as nobody seems to know as there haven’t really been any offered for sale previously. There was a very highly publicised find of one of these coins in Bridgwater, Somerset, back in 2009 and there was speculation that it could be very valuable, however I think you would really have to have the coin independently valued by a coin dealer to determine that it is a “genuine” error coin, as although I have no knowledge whatsoever on chemistry, I would imagine it wouldn't be impossible to chemically remove the copper plating, although I’m sure that your coin is genuine, this would have to be ruled out. Also worth mentioning, is that since 2009 and each year subsequently, the Royal Mint have produced “Lucky” Silver Penny presentation gift set’s, intended as New Baby gift’s, however these are produced in 0.925 Silver Sterling and would be worth around £13.00 each, the to rule out it being one of these would be the “magnet” test to determine if magnetized or not, if it passes, then it is most likely genuine, moving forward, please refer to my answer given to Ian above, who appears to have found a similar coin. Many Thanks & Best of Luck!

Kieran Clarke (author) from Newton Abbot on March 24, 2015:

Hi matt, No Problem! The standard design of Jersey's 50 Pence has changed little since 1983 (although similar to UK sterling, the of the coin was reduced in size in 1997) , featuring the Queen's Head on the obverse and Grosnez castle on the reverse and the 2009 Bailiwick of Jersey 50 Pence is no exception to this. The 2009 50p had a mintage of 480,000, which compared to UK standards, is relatively low and even by Jersey standards, relatively low, with 1998 having 2 million issued, but 2003 only had 10,000 (from a collector’s perspective, 2003 would probably be the one to try and obtain). The Coinage issued for Jersey, whilst having been issued by the Royal Mint since the early part of the 19th Century, are not legal tender in the UK mainland, however coins from the Crown dependencies do occasionally turn up in circulation as in most cases, they are identical in size and denomination to it's UK counterpart. Jersey coins may be of interest to Sterling collector’s and I would think a good example might be worth between UK£1.50-£2.00. Hope this is of interest? Regards!

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