What’s it worth in 2022?
The Olympic Swimming coin (Aquatics 50p) has no recorded sales yet this year however there is one for sale on eBay for an eye-watering £4,000 value.
Is this value realistic? this is such a rare coin that its value is what-ever a UK coin collector is willing to pay for it on the rare occasions that one comes up for sale.
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Aquatics 50p eBay prices
An Aquatics 50p eBay listing on 26th January 2022 shows 4 bids from 3 bidders with a current bid price of over £28,000
We are monitoring further updates.
Rare 2011 Aquatics 50p coin with lines across the face
The Aquatics 50p coin was first released for the London 2012 Olympics with an image of an Olympic swimmer with water covering the face.
In a late modification, the lines across the face were removed so that the face of the swimmer is visible.
Only 600 of these Olympic 50p swimmer coins were issued with the other 28 Olympic Coins and sold across the UK in shops in their coin packs.
This makes this coin the rarest 50 pence to be released. check our 50p Coin Values for pricing.
Aquatics 50p coin image
This is the second edition design, without the lines across the face.
Is the Olympic swimming Aquatics 50p rare?
The Aquatics 50p has a low mintage with 2,179,000 coins released to circulation.
It is estimated that only 600 coin packs with the withdrawn first edition of the swimmer coin were released to circulation making this a very rare coin that is highly sought-after by UK coin collectors.
Is the Aquatics 50p an error coin?
Aquatics 50p rare coin
It is commonly referred to as an error coin however in our opinion it’s not a minting error as the design was withdrawn and changed to a new design. You could say they made an error in releasing it and then changing their minds over the final coin design so late in the process.
The Royal Mint decided to change the design so you could see the swimmer’s face. We suspect that most of the first design coins were withdrawn and destroyed from the shops.
How much is it worth?
The rare version of the Aquatics 50p has historically been selling for around £1,000, however, one appears to have been sold for £2,108.50 on eBay.co.uk in September 2021.
The second design of the coin is not rare and can be seen at auction with starting bids from £1 for a circulated coin
Make sure you understand the difference in these coins before considering coins in sales listings as “rare”. There are also many fakes being offered for sale online so buyer beware!
How to spot the rare Olympic swimming coin?
A reminder of the rare swimmer coin vs the common one, left is the rare one where the swimmers face is covered in flowing water
Right is the common one where the swimmer’s face is visible.
Beware Fake Coins
Beware! due to the high value of this coin, we have seen many fake coins listed for sale.
Check the listing details for the word “COPY” or “IRB COPY”.