Will the Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin become more scarce than the Kew Gardens?

It’s been reported in the media this week that the Sir Isaac Newton coin will become the most scarce 50p in UK circulation.

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Will the Sir Isaac Newton 50p become the rarest coin in UK circulation?

A number of outlets have suggested that only 375 coins will be released giving it a mintage figure 560 times less than the Kew Gardens 50p coin.

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An unspecified number of Sir Isaac Newton 50p coins were released into circulation in June

However, we can confirm that this is not the case.

For starters, back in June an unspecified number of Isaac Newton coins were released into circulation. Based on the number of reports we’ve had from Change Checkers, we would estimate that this initial release was in the thousands.

It is true that The Royal Mint are releasing a small amount of Sir Isaac newton 50p coins at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire this week. However, the decision to release a low number coins at the birthplace of Newton is to commemorate the 375th anniversary of the scientist’s birth and is not the total amount that will enter circulation.

Further Sir Isaac Newton coins will be released, in a recent press statement The Royal Mint confirmed, “Members of the public from across the UK can expect to see the circulating edition of the coin in their change over the forthcoming months.”

However, at this stage it is impossible to say when and how many of the remaining Sir Isaac Newton 50p coins will enter circulation. The release of circulation coins is driven by demand from the banks.

It is quite possible that this coin will have a low mintage figure, maybe even less than 210,000, the number of Kew Gardens 50p coins. However, based on previous commemorative coin releases, we believe this to be unlikely.

Either way, we hope you have good luck in your search!


We’d love to know if you’ve found the Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin in your change. Let us know by answering our poll:

  1. Ian Dale on October 26, 2017 at 1:40 am

    I’ve got 2 Isaac Walton’s but strangely enough I haven’t seen any ordinary 2017 50p coins.



    • Christopher martin on October 26, 2017 at 10:40 am

      And that’s the worrying thing, as mentioned here mintage is driven by demand from the banks so its a wait and see but I’m still guessing the number 375 may be significant although I’m guessing 4 zeros so not going be worth much and ive seen that it’s position on the scarcity index has fallen sharply ( could be the fact ive got 6 already!) which sort of backs up my ‘guessing’ ???
      As they say, Time will tell



  2. ian warrick on October 25, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I collect on subject matter or design and the Issac Newton is outside both (Science urgh)
    (design bland). Trouble is it seems to be the bland designs that are worth more



  3. chris martin on October 24, 2017 at 11:23 am

    Regards the new newton 50p,
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the number 375 is going to be significant as to it’s total mintage. 375,000 would be nice!!! although I bet 3,750,000 is more realistic?
    Time will tell but after my last gaff when the kew gardens came out, nobody new just how rare this coin would be.
    I hated it and just gave it out as change!!
    Still kicking myself …



  4. Patrick Butler on October 21, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    Just found a Olympic swimmer with water lines over face in £50 worth of 50ps from the bank, not sure how much it’s worth, any ideas as there’s so many conflicting stories going around?

    Cheers Pat



  5. Carl on October 21, 2017 at 1:18 pm

    Got £50 worth of 50p from bank and found 50p Olympic swimmer with lines over face, unsure how much it is worth?



  6. Elizabeth King on October 12, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    I have all the Peter rabbit coins collection
    I have a Kew gardens and a battle of Hastings



  7. Elaine duncan on October 4, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    Got a complete bag of the 50ps soooooooòoo happppppppy



  8. bobby james on October 4, 2017 at 10:19 am

    I got one in bridlington



  9. Kerry on October 1, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I have multiple 50p including Jemima puddle duck and squirrel nutkin to swap for Kew gardens if anyone is interested?



  10. Kerry on October 1, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    I have multiple 50p to swap including Jemima puddle duck and squirrel nutkin for Kew gardens if anyone is interested?



    • charles maxwell on October 2, 2017 at 4:27 pm

      i have sir isaac newton and tales of peter rabbit if your interesting swapping for puddle duck , my email is charleswilliammaxwell@outlook.com if your interested



      • Kerry on October 3, 2017 at 4:47 pm

        Sorry Charles, I have all those. Just really want Kew gardens as that would complete my collection.



  11. Mark street on September 30, 2017 at 6:52 pm

    I had 2 in one week in my change on the train not had one since though



  12. Robert Garner on September 30, 2017 at 6:08 pm

    Got one



  13. Martin barnes on September 29, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Found a Isaac Newton 50p well happy



  14. Rob on September 29, 2017 at 8:12 am

    Just got £20 of 50p for school in Cardiff and all 40 are this new coin – lucky me – off to get lottery ticket now



  15. Louise on September 28, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    I have a sir Isaac newton 50 p coin. Are they worth anything



  16. Jackie on September 28, 2017 at 7:19 pm

    Still keeping my eyes open, not found any in Essex, Suffolk or Cambridgeshire.👀👀👀👀 hope I will be lucky soon. Happy collecting.



  17. jeffrey tout on September 28, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Hey, I have a new sir Isaac newton coun!! Very happy!!



  18. Sharon spence on September 28, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Hi my name is Sharon I have found an Issac 50p



  19. T McElligott on September 28, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Not found any in my area of East-Kent yet.



  20. S Morgan on September 28, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    I have one of these 50p,s. What is its current value? Should I I keep hold of it until the value increases?



  21. Catarina Walker on September 28, 2017 at 12:01 pm

    I’ve found a fifty pence with sir Issac Newton in my change three days ago



    • Catarina Walker on September 28, 2017 at 12:02 pm

      I found a fifty pence with sir Issac Newton in my change three days ago



  22. Emma-Jayne COX on September 28, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Ive got 2 issac newton coins. Very happy



  23. michael burman on September 28, 2017 at 8:37 am

    have not seen any other specials this year so far



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