UPDATE: How rare is my coin? The complete Change Checker guide to UK coin mintages

The 2016 mintage figures have been released, so ensuring that ‘The Change Checker guide to UK coin mintages’ is THE place to check how rare your coins are,  we’ve put together these updated charts listing each coin in order of it’s rarity.

The 2002 Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland £2 still remains the only £2 coin to have a mintage of less that 500,000, placing it firmly at the top of the chart.

From the 2016 designs, the First World War Army £2 coin has a very high mintage figure with over 9.5million pieces being struck, making it the second most common commemorative £2 coin ever.

Interestingly, the three Shakespeare £2 coins, ‘Comedies‘, ‘Histories‘ and ‘Tragedies‘ each have a different mintage figure.  Over 1.3 million fewer ‘Comedies’ coins were struck than ‘tragedies’, likely having an impact on collectability in the future.

You’ll notice that the Britannia £2 coin isn’t listed, this is because it is a definitive design, however the mintage increased to just over 3.5 million.

The complete guide to the rarest coins in circulation

2016 was the first year since 1983 that no round £1 coins were struck for circulation due to the release of the new 12-sided £1 coin, as a result, this chart is now set in stone and the 2011 Edinburgh coin will remain the target for all round £1 coin collectors. But they’ll have to act quickly – along with the other round £1 coins it will disappear from circulation forever on 15th October.


The Kew Gardens 50p coin remains top of the chart and doesn’t look as though it’ll be shifted any time soon!

Due to the high number of commemorative designs, no definitive design 50p coins were struck for circulation in 2016. Of those commemorative designs, the Beatrix Potter Peter Rabbit 50p  has the highest mintage with 9.6 million pieces. However, some collectors may struggle to complete their Beatrix Potter set as it’s been revealed that only 2.1 million Jemima Puddle-Duck 50p coins were struck, making it the second most scarce commemorative 50p design! Squirrel Nutkin has also made it into the top 10 rare 50ps with a mintage of 5 million.

The complete Change Checker jer guide to the rarest coins in circulation

It will be very interesting to see how these new mintage figures effect the Scarcity Indexes. The quarterly update is due in June, so keep your eyes peeled!

And keep hold of your coins – you never know what they might be worth in the future! Remember you can Find, Collect and Swap all your coins for FREE with the Change Checker App: http://www.changechecker.org

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20 Responses to UPDATE: How rare is my coin? The complete Change Checker guide to UK coin mintages

  1. Craig says:

    Hi was just wondering if swap centre is working i rtealise not everyone wants to swap but havnt had a response in weeks

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  2. Alan pinnion says:

    One pound coin 2016 with mint mark, 10000 minted.

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  3. Jane Ryan says:

    Hi got a 5 pound coin dated2000 and a 2 pound coin 1986 are they worth anything

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  4. Gerald Mortimer says:

    During our tour of the Royal Observatory Greenwich, London today, the tour guide said the Mint were releasing only 155,000 of the Isaac Newton 50p.
    This will be less than Kew?

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    • Luke Hearn says:

      Hi Gerald, If that were to be the case then yes, it would make it more scarce than Kew. However, I am not sure where the guide is getting his information from as The Royal Mint do not confirm mintage figures until long after the release date. I hope this helps, Luke

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  5. a sennett says:

    Where doe`s the 1992/1993 euro 50p come into this list

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  6. Patrick Giffney says:

    I have stopped collecting I have every coin on the
    £2 £1 & 50p lists. I also have 150 2000 Dragons.
    (read somewhere that they were lucky) guess they will
    be going to the bank before October,

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  7. Spanner says:

    Which is rarer the. JC or I R B Battle of Britain 50p

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  8. david hill says:

    2.1m Jemimas eh………..that’s good as I have over 80 complete uncirculated sets

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  9. Sean says:

    Hi I have a complete set of Olympic 50p and round pounds, just wondering how much that lot might be worth in years to come

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    • Luke Hearn says:

      Hi Sean, that’s a great set to have. Unfortunately, we do not offer valuations, however I would suggest visiting a platform such as eBay to see what others are selling a similar set for. I hope this helps. Thanks Luke

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  10. Jim Grant says:

    I have 5 old pennies from 5 different monarchs are these worth anything.
    I also have a King Charles 1st silver shilling.
    I also have a non dated 20p piece

    All with certificates

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  11. Holly says:

    Where is britania 2015 and 16 on the chart??

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    • Luke Hearn says:

      Hi Holly, if you have a read of the blog we mention that this was intentional due to it being a definitive design and not commemorative, you can also see the mintage figures. Thanks Luke

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  12. PG says:

    Amazing work! I’m very pleased to see finally the 2008 £1 Royal Arms on the chart, my personal nemesis. Also, would it be possible to differentiate between 4th and 5th portraits? I noticed the Royal Mint has no mintage for the 2015 50p Royal Shield – 5th portrait, what’s up with that?

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  13. David sherry says:

    The 2015 Britannia is missing from the £2 coin list I’m sure that was 650000 the same as the navy

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    • Luke Hearn says:

      Hi David, well done for spotting this, if you have a read of the blog, we mention that this was intentional due to it being a definitive design and not commemorative, you can also see the mintage figures. Thanks Luke

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      • Alan Spicer says:

        Not really a satisfactory answer. The heading is “How Rare is my …”. Most definatives were minted in very high numbers but the point is, for fun collectors, to look for those rare definitive years and if you include them then you will only increase the interest! Perhaps if you put it to a vote?

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      • Luke Hearn says:

        Hi Alan, Thanks for your message. We accept your point and will look at including the coin in future charts. Thanks Luke

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