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When will the 2017 coins be released into circulation?

Change Checkers are often asking me, “when will the 2017 coin designs be released into general circulation?” 

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The UK 2017 Coin Designs

So, I have compiled a list below showing which coins are now available in your change and those that are still to be released.

The list will be updated as soon as we get confirmation from The Royal Mint that any new coins have entered circulation.

2017 circulation coin release dates

  • WWI Aviation £2: A small amount released in September (Duxford Airshow), full release TBC
  • Jane Austen £2: A small amount released in July (Winchester Cathedral), full release  TBC
  • Peter Rabbit 50p: September 2017
  • Jeremy Fisher 50p: TBC
  • Tom Kitten 50p: December 2017
  • Benjamin Bunny 50p: December 2017
  • Sir Isaac Newton 50p: June 2017

It’s worth noting that coins are only released into general circulation as and when they are required by the banks.

If you find yourself asking, “When are the 2017 coins released into circulation?”, this is the place to check!

If you find any of the 2017 coins in your change, especially those that are still to be released into circulation, we’d love to hear from you.

You can send us an email to info@changechecker.org or visit our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram page.

Revealed: The UK’s rarest £5 Coin

It has now been revealed that the UK has a new ‘rarest’ £5 coin!

The £5 coin that commemorates the last Stuart Queen,  has just become the rarest UK £5 coin – knocking the 2011 Prince Philip £5 off the top spot.

The £5 coin commemorates the 300th Anniversary of the death of Queen Anne – the first queen of Great Britain who left behind political stability and prosperity. The design bears an elegant portrait of Queen Anne, styled by Mark Richards FRBS as an eighteenth-century miniature.

It was likely to have been popular with historians when it was released in 2014 but just 12,181 of these coins were struck in Brilliant Uncirculated presentation packs making it the rarest UK £5 coin ever.

If you want to know exactly how rare your £5 coins are, you can read our previous blog here >>

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The 2014 Queen Anne £5 – the UK’s rarest £5 Coin

And the announcement of this coin as the UK’s new rarest £5 coin reiterates the point that a less interesting theme or design on a coin, can be a real hidden gem for coin collections.

Let me explain…

It’s obvious that popular coin issues create instant and on-going demand for a coin, but the same can be said for ‘less interesting’ coin designs. This is because the less coins that are sold, the lower the final number of units that are available to  future collectors.

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The 2011 Prince Philip 90th Birthday £5 has a mintage of just 18,730 and is now the 2nd rarest UK £5 Coin.

But whilst most collectors would shy away from unpopular themes, it is these very coins that are likely to become the most sought after in years to come. And this 2014 Queen Anne £5 is a prime example along with the 2011 Prince Philip £5 coin.

If you need any more reasons to start collecting £5 coins, you can read my previous blog ‘Why you should be collecting £5 coins’ here >>

The Prince Philip £5 coin is extremely sought after by collectors and is virtually impossible to get hold of on the secondary market, so it is very likely that the same will happen with the 2014 Queen Anne £5. In fact, sold listings on eBay show that the Prince Philip £5 coin regularly fetches in excess of £50.

So if you’re lucky enough to have the 2014 Queen Anne £5 coin in your collection, make sure you keep hold of it. Demand for this coin is likely to increase dramatically.  

And remember, when it comes to collecting, there is one fact which is always inevitable –the rarest coins are always in highest demand.


Unfortunately we do not have any 2014 Queen Anne £5 coins to offer you today but if you’re interested, the 2017 UK Prince Philip CERTIFIED BU £5 Coin is available to order.
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Could this new 2017 UK Prince Phillip coin have an even lower mintage?

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Why Jemima Puddle-Duck is already the most sought after Beatrix Potter 50p

Discover how you can still own it for face value…

When The Royal Mint released the mintage figures for the 2016 Beatrix Potter 50p Coins, what immediately caught the attention of collectors was the minimal amount of Jemima Puddle-Duck coins that had been struck compared to the rest of the series.

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Only 2.1 million Jemima Puddle-Duck coins were released into circulation, that’s less than 20% of Peter rabbit and half the amount of Squirrel Nutkin which has the 2nd lowest mintage.

When one coin in a series has a much lower mintage figure, collectors struggle to complete the set. We’ve started to see evidence of this as swap requests from our Swap Centre users have increased dramatically.

Swap Ratio

For every one Jemima Puddle-Duck coin we see listed as available to swap, there are more than 8 users requesting this coin.  

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The rarity of this coin is also highlighted by our Scarcity Index. Jemima Puddle-Duck is listed as the 6th most collectable 50p in UK Circulation scoring 61/100.


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