The Tom Kitten 50p and other valuable, rare 50p coins
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The Tom Kitten 50p has been particularly popular since it’s release. Looking to find out if the 50p coins in your purse are the most valuable and rare 50p coins in the UK ? Keep reading articles about how someone on eBay wants £50k for a 50p? Me too.
Like a lot of us, I started collecting 50p’s during the UK Olympics in 2012. At the time, I’d taken on some waitressing work that fit in around the family, and we’d all check every 50p that came through the (very busy!) restaurant. It didn’t take long before we all had a set and after that, it seemed like a new 50p was coming out all the time.
I’ve kept collecting 50p coins over the years and there seem to be more and more articles and posts springing up telling us that our 50p coins are worth hundreds, even thousands of £’s. I wanted to find out for myself exactly how much my 50p coin collection is worth, if it can help me on my journey to debt free and where on earth I can sell my rare 50p coins if they do turn out to be valuable!
NEW! The Brexit 50p
There’s a new 50p coming soon, well, 31st October to be precise, the day the UK plans to leave the EU and the new 50p is a marker of this. It’s planned that there will be millions of these minted, meaning the price won’t immediately be increased. Worth holding onto though if one turns up in your change.
(The image is of one that was planned for the day we originally planned to leave but didn’t).
Tom Kitten 50p coin update!
debtfreefamily.co.uk has had loads of messages asking about the Tom Kitten 50p coin specifically. There seems to be a lot of hype around these particular coins.
The Royal Mint currently have uncirculated Tom Kitten 50p’s available for £10, meaning the circulated version is worth roughly half, so £5.
Despite what you might read, Tom Kittens are not especially rare or valuable. There was no shortage of them when they were first produced.
If you’re looking on eBay to get idea’s of the price, always check the ‘sold’ tab rather than the ‘for sale’ tab, and you’ll get a much better idea of the real price they’re selling for!
What’s the most valuable and rare 50p coin in the UK?
The 50p coin in the UK today that is the most valuable and rare is the Kew gardens 50p coin. The Kew Gardens 50p has held the top spot for around 3 years, and is officially the rarest 50p in circulation.
This 50p was designed to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. No one really knew how scare it was until 2014 when the Royal Mint revealed that only 210,00 had been struck at the Mint. After that, the value of the coin increased massively. 2019 has seen the reissue of this coin, however, the 2009 release are still pretty valuable.
The scarcity index, which for those that don’t know simply records how many of a particular coin were struck at the Mint. This then tells us how rare they are. The Kew 50p reaches 100 on the scarcity scale which is the rarest, and is currently worth between £51-£68.
Not bad for loose change!
How to tell if your 50p is rare and valuable or a FAKE!
It’s a sad fact the there are LOADS of fake 50p coins doing the rounds, and some of them are really ‘good’ fakes, by which I mean it’s very hard to tell that they’re fakes.
So, you find a rare 50p coin in your change! Yay! You’re hoping it might be valuable….but how can you be sure it’s not a fake? Well, there are a couple of ways.
The first way is to weigh the coin. Real UK 50p coins weigh exactly 8 grams. Most of the fake coins seem to weigh slightly less than this. But there’s a catch… I have found that my scales are not of a good enough quality to be this exact. Hmm. I did use kitchen scales and while they’re decent in the kitchen, I guess this is why professional coin valuers do not use kitchen scales :)
The other way involves a magnifying glass and good eyesight! The coin on the left of the photo is REAL. The coin on the right is not. You will see that the neckline is more curved than it should be, and the lettering around the coin is slightly larger than it should be.
I found it really hard to tell the fakes from the real ones. I’m sure a professional would do it in seconds, but its not surprising that so many of us get caught out with fakes.
If you’re planning on selling it, the best thing to do is to take it to a coin valuer to be sure it’s the real deal.
One of the most valuable coins ion the UK – The ORIGINAL 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.
How much are other Olympic 50p coins worth?
The Olympic 50p coins have been fluctuating in value since they were circulated, and still are now. Change checker has a great chart (below) that tells you how many of which Olympic coin was struck at the Royal Mint.
Although it’s not a price guide that’ll tell you exactly how much you’re going to get for a specific coin, generally the lower the mintage number the higher the coins value, so it’s a good chart to help you figure out which coins are more valuable than others.
From this chart, we can see that the football olympic coin is going to be worth way more than the Archery Olympic coin.
As a rough guide, the Football coin is selling for £40-£45 and the Archery coin for £27-£30. The rest will be somewhere between those.
Where to sell your 50p
Even though newspapers keep printing stories about people who are making £100’s on eBay selling valuable rare 50p coins, a quick look at the ACTUAL sales prices tells a very different story. There ARE sellers who have these coins listed for crazy amounts of money, but they’re not selling them for the prices they’re listed for.
If you’ve genuinely got valuable and rare 50p coins that you’re looking to sell, the best thing you can do is to verify that they are the real thing and then list them according to scarcity and consumer demand. You might not find your buyer straight away, but there are people who look out for certain coins, maybe to complete a collection they’ve started and need to finish, and they are willing to pay higher prices for these coins.
eBay can provide a good market place for this, but I’ve found it to be over saturated and buyers are wary of buying fakes. If you can find a coin collector near you, they may offer you a realistic price for your coins, depending on how valuable and rare your 50p coins really are. If you go in armed with a little knowledge about numbers struck at the Mint, you’re less likely to get haggled down.
You could also try Facebook groups near you, putting an advert out and seeing if you get any interest.
Let me know the sort of process you get if you decide to sell….and i’ll keep this page updated!
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