Do you own the UK’s rarest 50p piece? And it’s not Kew Gardens.

Have you heard about the 50p coin that many thousands of people have found in their daily pocket change which was sold on e-Bay for prices upward of £100.00. Or to put it another way, 200 times its actual value?!

EC 50p vs Kew Gardens 50p

Only 109,000 1992 EC 50p were issued into circulation – roughly half of the Kew Gardens 50p.

It was all because in 2014 The Royal Mint announced that the Kew Gardens 50p coin is the UK’s most scarce circulation coin, with just 210,000 pieces ever been placed into circulation. The result was a media storm and the inevitable overnight ramping of prices.

Half the circulation of the Kew Gardens 50p

But what few people realise is that there is an even rarer UK 50p piece that was issued in half the number of the Kew Gardens coin – just 109,000 coins.

The coin was issued in 1992 to mark the EC Single Market and the UK presidency of the Council of Ministers – perhaps not the most popular of topics, which maybe was the reason so very few were pushed out into circulation. But of course, its lack of popularity at the time, is the very thing that now makes it Britain’s rarest 50p coin.

Sadly, however hard you search, unlike the Kew Gardens 50p, you will not find this one in your change. That’s because it is one of the old-sized 50p coins that were demonetised in 1998.

The coin itself was designed by Mary Milner Dickens and pictures the UK’s place at the head of the Council of Ministers’ conference table. The stars represent each of the nations’ capital cities placed in their relative geographical position.

But it won’t be the coin’s clever design that will guarantee its numismatic interest for years to come. It is its status as the UK’s most rare circulation 50p is what will intrigue collectors and have them searching and saving up in years to come.

If you’re interested in coin collecting, our Change Checker web app is completely free to use and allows users to:

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  1. Andy on March 24, 2014 at 8:00 pm

    I was told some time ago that the £2 coin showing the Queen wearing a necklace was worth more than its face value. Any truth in this…?

  2. Michelle White on March 7, 2014 at 8:18 pm

    I have a two tone 1p its outside rim & writing is silver or meta used on 5p.10p.20p.&50p the Queens head is copper metal is this worth anything please dated 2000 .

    • Mark Liversidge on March 20, 2014 at 5:28 pm

      Hi Michelle. We’d love to see a photo. Could you share one to our Facebook page?

  3. Lyndsey on March 3, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Why is it that you got to buy the change checker album and then you got to buy the coins to go in it because they’re out of circulation, wouldn’t mind it so much if I had any of them.

    • Mark Liversidge on March 20, 2014 at 5:26 pm

      HI Lyndsey, sorry for the late reply. The Change Checker album is for all the circulating coins in the UK and comes with ID cards for every coin. Any additional products are for coins which are out of circulation, and these command a price because of their comparative scarcity. So you can still find, collect and swap all the coins in your change for free.