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What are the UK’s rarest & most valuable coins in circulation?
- London 2012 Olympics Aquatics 50p first design – up to £1,500
- 1983 New Pence 2p coin – up to £1,250
- Silver 2p (1971 to 1992) – over £1,000
- Zinc £2 coin – between £800 and £1,300
- Silver 2p (1992 to 2018) – up to £600
- Kew Gardens 50p – up to £160
Valuable UK coins
Following a popular post I wrote about 50p’s that were worth quite a lot more than 50p, I thought a post about other valuable and rare UK coins might be helpful.
If you’re here looking for a way to see if your 50p’s are worth much, this post will be much better as it focuses’ on 50ps!
And yes, it talks about the coin of the moment, the Tom Kitten 50p!
If you’ve got any questions about them, leave a comment at the bottom of the post and i’ll try to answer it as best I can!
Now, back to some other seriously valuable rare British coins!
Finding you’ve got any old UK coins that are worth a bit of cash would be a welcome boost to anyone, especially anyone trying to climb out of debt!
I’ll make it clear now that I sadly didn’t find any of these coins. But when you’re in debt, looking for ways to get out and working hard on your side hustles, you start to find a whole world of things around you worth money. I always check my change now, just in case!
Keep your eyes open for any of these and you could take a chunk off your debts without much effort. Nice :)
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George V Sovereign 1917
The 1917 George V Sovereign coin was minted in London and is one of the most popular collectable coins of all time. This George V coin was minted during the First World War but held in reserve rather than being issued, until the war had ended. It had a mintage of just over 1 million.
This coin has a current value of just over £10,000 (source: Bullion)
George V penny 1933
If you’re looking for rare UK pennies, they don’t get much rarer than this rare UK coin. The George V penny was minted yet never meant to be issued into public circulation.
It’s widely believed that under 10 were issued into circulation, one of which sold in 2016 for £72,000. One of the most valuable coins in the UK, it’s incredibly rare. Got one of these? Your likely to be out of debt in one quick sale if you’ve got one of these hidden away :)
Edward VIII Brass threepence 1937
It was during the reign of Edward VIII that the idea of the new brass coin was conceived. Trial pieces having various thicknesses were minted for evaluation. Since these coins had 12 sides, they needed to be tested with vendors and other parties. A small number were given out for testing and some were inevitably not returned, finding their way eventually into circulation. Today, they’re worth up to £45,000.
European Economic Entry 1973
The 1973 50p piece was the very first commemorative coin since decimalisation. It was introduced to celebrate the UK’s accession to the European Economic Community.
The exciting thing about this coin is that although it’s not worth a huge amount now (under £10), once we’ve left the EU the value is likely to rise. This one might be one to hold onto!
Queen Elizabeth II 2p coin 1983
This 2p looks and feels like any other we use everyday today….but it’s not.
Look a little closer…….notice anything? This coin was issued in 1983 into general circulation. All 2p coins minted before 1982 should say ‘new pence’. Those minted after this date should say ‘two pence’. An error at the Royal Mint in 1983 meant that a small batch of 2p’s made it into circulation saying NEW pence and not TWO pence. Errors are valuable at the Royal Mint and these coins are now worth £500.
It’s not known how many of these there are in circulation.
Swimmer Olympic 50p 2012
One of these 2012 Swimmer olympic 50p’s is worth £1500. Any idea why?
Look carefully and you’ll notice the swimmer on the right has water covering their face, and that’s where the money is!
This isn’t an error by the Mint, it’s actually the original design and was issued until it was pointed out that you couldn’t clearly see the swimmers face. They changed the design to the one of the left, sending the price of the originals soaring.
Queen Elizabeth II dateless 20p 2008
This 2008 20p is another profitable mistake from the Royal Mint. During a change-over in design, a number of these were minted without any date at all.
Nearly 250,000 of this coins fell through the net so it’s worth checking your change as these are worth up to £250 each!
Are commemorative coins worth it?
Today, coins are printed in much bigger numbers than they used to be, meaning it’s a lot harder to find a rare coin.
It’s the rarity of a coin that pushed the price up, which is why the George V penny 1933 is worth so much.
Buying commemorative coins is probably better viewed as a memento rather than an investment, but like the EU 50p above, if it goes up in value, it’s a bonus.
And if you spot a coin with an error, hold on to it tight!
3 Ways to sell rare UK coins
Selling valuable UK coins is fairly straight forward as long as you follow some simple guidelines: never get ONE valuation. Always check the credentials of the valuer and never accept a first offer.
Here’s 3 ways to sell your coins and get the best price for them!
Coin shows are full of collectors looking for valuable UK coins and so these fairs provide a great place to sell your coins. If you’ve got an ‘in demand’ coin, collectors can bid against each other and you end up with a great price.
Coin collectors travel the length of the country looking for coins and you’ll be able to get many expert valuations in one place.
However, these fairs are not held often and so you might have to wait for some months to get to one.
UK Coin Dealers
This is a list of UK coin dealers.
If you cannot get to a fair (see above) try the dealers on this list. They will ask for high quality photos and as much info as you’ve got about the coin.
Never take the first dealers valuation as the one you go with, make sure you’re getting a consistant price before you decide to sell your valuable coins.
Online auction sites
Online auction sites can be a great place to sell UK rare coins but they can also mean you don’t get the best price. Have an idea of the price you want for your coin before you sell, and always take into account fees and postage costs.
If you’re looking on eBay to a similar site to get an idea of prices, make sure you look at the ‘sold’ items rather than the ‘for sale’ items’. Coins are only worth what someone will pay for them and just because you’ve seen a coin for sale for £5,000, doesn’t mean one’s actually sold for that price!
Always send by recorded, tracked and signed for mail.
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Think you can’t make money from coins?
If you think the only way to make money from rare UK coins is to either invest and wait, or be lucky enough to find one, think again!
Have a read of this guy from Bristol who turns over £70k a year selling coins on eBay. I haven’t tried this and so cannot say one way or the other how successful you might be with this, but it gets you thinking, doesn’t it!
Do you have any of these coins or others you’ve sold for a good profit? I’d love to hear from you :)