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Rare 50p coins in circulation: how much are they worth?

What are the rarest 50p coins?

The Kew Gardens 50p is the rarest fifty pence coin in circulation.

We are often asked what is the rarest 50p coin in circulation? The Kew Garden’s 50p.

The Royal Mint revealed the most valuable 50p coin ahead of the 1971 decimalisation golden anniversary.

The rarest is the Kew Garden’s 50p, which was designed to mark the 250th anniversary of the gardens in 2009. Only 210,000 coins were ever minted with this design.

See our rare 50p coins in circulation list below.

Which 50p coins are worth money?

The top ten Royal Mint 50p coins worth money in circulation are worth more than the face value and the rarest fifty pence coins. See our 50p coin values page.

Rare 50p coins
Rare 50p coins

see also The Fifty Pence 50p Guide on eBay (not our book but coin collectors like it)

Royal Mint Rare 50p Coins List

What are the 10 most valuable 50p coins?

1. Kew Gardens

Value: £150

Mintage: 210,000

The Kew Gardens 50p remains the rarest and most sought-after coin in circulation.

Kew Gardens 50p rare coin
Kew Gardens 50p rare coin

With only 210,000 minted, it’s by far the rarest fifty pence and worth hundreds of pounds to UK coin collectors.

As fewer genuine 2009 Kew coins remain in circulation, the value of this coin has been increasing.

2. Football 50p

Value: £15

Mintage: 1,125,500

The Football 50p is also known as the offside-rule coin. It was issued in 2011 as part of the London 2012 Olympic 50p coins.

Football 50p Rare Coin
Football 50p Rare Coin

3. Wrestling 50p

Value: £8

Mintage: 1,129,500

The Wrestling 50p is the second-lowest mintage Olympic 50p in circulation.

Wrestling 50p Rare Coin
Wrestling 50p Rare Coin

It is the rarest Olympic 50p coin with only 1.1 million coins put into circulation.

4. Judo 50p

Value: £10

Mintage: 1,161,500

The Judo 50p coin by designer David Cornell is a popular fifty pence to collect with 1,161,500 coins put into circulation in 2011.

Judo 50p Rare Coin
Judo 50p Rare Coin

5. Triathlon 50p

Value: £10

Mintage: 1,163,500

London 2012 Olympic Triathlon fifty pence by Sarah Harvey.

Triathlon 50p Rare Coin
Triathlon 50p Rare Coin

6. 2018 Peter Rabbit 50p

Value: £5

Mintage: 1,400,000

Are peter rabbit 50p coins rare? The 2018 issue of the Peter Rabbit 50p is one of the rarest as Beatrix Potter fifty pence coins with 1.4 million coins released. One of four Beatrix Potter coins for 2018.

Peter Rabbit 50p Rare Coin
Peter Rabbit 50p Rare Coin

7. Flopsy Bunny 50p

Value: £5

Mintage: 1,400,000

Also issued in 2018, the Flopsy Bunny 50p is a favourite for UK coin collectors and Beatrix Potter fans.

Flopsy Bunny 50p Rare Coin
Flopsy Bunny 50p Rare Coin

8. Tennis 50p

Value: £3

Mintage: 1,454,000

London 2012 Olympic Tennis fifty pence by Tracy Baines.

Tennis 50p Rare Coin
Tennis 50p Rare Coin

9. Goalball 50p

Value: £2.50

Mintage: 1,615,500

London 2012 Olympic Goalball fifty pence by Jonathan Wren.

Goalball 50p Rare Coin
Goalball 50p Rare Coin

10. Shooting 50p

Value: £2.50

Mintage: 1,656,500

London 2012 Olympic Shooting fifty pence by Pravin Dewdhory.

Shooting 50p rare coin
Shooting 50p rare coin

Other low-mintage coins of note are the Mrs. Tittlemouse 50p at 1.7 million coins, Sir Isaac Newton 50p at 1.8 million coins, and finally the Jemima Puddle-Duck 50p at 2.1 million coins.

Rare 50p Coin Values

The value of coins is hugely dependent upon rarity and condition.

Even a rare coin in poor condition will be greatly devalued so always make a close inspection of any coins to determine their worth and authenticity. There are many fakes in circulation.

Prices on this page are from our research of sold coin listings on eBay and other resale sites. Prices are averages and for general guidance only and should not be used as a valuation of any individual coin. Do your research to check current values before selling any coins.

The base metal will also affect price, with silver and gold proof coins selling for a premium.

Check our page for the rare 50p coin values of all base metal 50p coins in circulation. We also have a rare two-pound coins list.

Rare Fifty Pences

Rare 50p Coins are the most collected coins from general circulation in the UK by British coin collectors.

Some fifty pence coins have a low mintage figure making them rare coins that are hard to find in your pocket change.

Fifty pence coins are produced in their millions by the Royal Mint, who sends them to UK banks and Post Offices which put them into general circulation.

In recent years, The Royal Mint has increasingly issued coins as “commemoratives only” meaning they can only be purchased on the Royal Mint website or in after-market platforms such as eBay. These are commonly referred to as BUNC coins (brilliant Uncirculated).

Use our UK 50p Coin Finder APP to easily find the 50p coins you are looking to add to your collection.

Rare 50p List

To see how many of each fifty pence coin was produced, see our 50p price list page which includes mintage figures for each 50p coin. This will show you all the rarest fifty pence coins in circulation by their scarcity index.

The following are the most sought-after 50p coins.

Aquatics 50p

Probably the most valuable fifty pence is the 2012 Olympic Aquatics 50p, with lines going across the swimmer’s face.

aquatics 50p rare coin
aquatics 50p rare coin

We recently saw one of these coins on eBay showing as sold for £1,850

aquatics 50p value
aquatics 50p value

This is the first release of this coin before The Royal Mint released a new version with the lines removed from the swimmer’s face. Only 600 of the original design were put into circulation, and some may have been destroyed by shopkeepers thinking they were worthless after the new design was issued.

Aquatics 50p fake/copy coins

Since it attracts such a high price, be aware that there are many fakes of this coin being sold online.

aqua copy

Check for original packaging and ask the seller to confirm it is a genuine example.

rare 50p aquatics
Rare Aquatics 50p

Since this coin was sold in shops in a commemorative swing bag on a cardholder, you are extremely unlikely to find this one in your purse.

Kew Gardens 50p

The most loved fifty pence coin in circulation is the Kew Gardens 50p, issued in 2009.

2009 kew gardens 50p
2009 Kew Gardens 50p

Most coins are issued in the millions however the Kew Gardens 50p has a mintage figure of just 210,000 coins, making it the rarest fifty pence in general circulation.

Worth more than £150 for a 2009 genuine example, this coin also has many fakes on eBay. It was also reissued by The Royal Mint as a commemorative only coin in 2019, so check the date on the back. The re-issued coin is not rare or as valuable.

Beware of fake/copy coins. Some of these are reported to have entered UK coin circulation. A genuine circulated coin should show signs of wear and not be overly shiny.

Visit the Kew Gardens website for details of the Royal Botanical Gardens.

Football 50p

The Football 50p is part of the twenty-nine fifty pence coins issued to celebrate the London Olympics in 2012.

football 50p circulated
football 50p circulated

Also known as “the offside rule” coin, this fifty pence has the lowest mintage of the set with just one million coins minted. It’s quite curious that someone decided to make this the rarest Olympic coin for a footy-loving nation like England where it would be the one most people would probably buy.

Wrestling, Judy, and Triathlon coins follow close behind with similar low mintages around the 1 million coins.

The Olympic 50p coin series is credited with starting the craze in the UK of commemorative coin hunting.

Blue Peter 50p

Another rare fifty pence is the Blue Peter 50p. The children’s TV show Blue Peter held a competition to design one of the Olympic Coins and a small number were issued in Blue Peter packaging. Interestingly, the coin was dated 2009 when all the other Olympic coins carry the date 2011.

We recently saw this coin on eBay selling for over £350 in its original packaging.

blue peter 50p
blue peter 50p

Beatrix Potter 50p coins

The first release of Beatrix Potter fifty pence coins in 2016 started a new craze of fifty pence coin collectors.

One of the rarest fifty pence coins to find in the Beatrix Potter list is Jemima Puddle-Duck. with just over two million coins minted

jemima puddle-duck 50p

The 2018 Peter Rabbit fifty pence and 2018 Flopsy Bunny coins, each have a mintage figure of one million four hundred thousand, whilst only 1.7 million Mrs. Tittlemouse coins were issued.

Rare 50p Coins eBay

Be very careful when buying “rare” 50p coins on eBay and other online sales platforms. A lot of sellers will put the word “rare” into their sales listing just to get better search results.

We often see titles stuffed with “not kew gardens”, as click-bait just to get better views.

Always read the title and item description.

Watch the Rare 50p Coins video on YouTube

Where to sell rare coins?

The most popular places to sell rare coins in the UK are either eBay UK or Facebook coin groups.

You can check eBay sold prices for recent sales of your coin to check the latest prices.

The Facebook coin groups usually have posting guides such as putting your name and date in the picture next to your coins so read the rules before posting your coins for sale.

What are the top 10 rarest 50p coins?

1 Kew Gardens 50p 210,000
2 Football 50p 1,125,500
3 Wrestling 50p 1,129,500
4 Judo 50p 1,161,500
5 Triathlon 50p 1,163,500
6 Flopsy Bunny 50p 1,400,000
7 2018 Peter Rabbit 50p 1,400,000
8 Tennis 50p 1,454,000
9 Goalball 50p 1,615,500
10 Shooting 50p 1,656,500