Fifty Pence Coins

New 50p Coin Releases

2021 The Snowman 50p

The Snowman 50p
The Snowman 50p

The Snowman returns on a new 50p coin. For 2021, the characters from Raymond Briggs’ celebrated story are reunited in a warm embrace in a poignant design that captures the depth of their friendship.

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What are the top 10 rarest 50p coins in circulation?

The Kew Gardens 50p sells for hundreds of pounds!

Rare 50p Coin Values

Our site lists all 50 pence coins in UK coin circulation and their 50p coin values.

We also feature coins not intended for circulation, released as collectible UK coins.

What is the rarest 50p in circulation?

The rarest 50p coin in general circulation is 2009 issued Kew Gardens 50p with a very low mintage figure of only 210,000 coins.

What fifty pence pieces are worth money?

Check our list of all 50p coins to see mintage figures and average selling prices in 2021.

Which 50p coins are rare?

Our 50p coin list provides mintage figures for all 50p coins in circulation that you can sort by rarity.

How many Beatrix Potter 50p coins are there?

The Beatrix Potter 50p coins were first released in 2016 to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the birth of Beatrix Potter.

How many London 2012 Olympic 50p coins are there?

The Royal Mint issued 29 different Olympic 50p coins to commemorate the Olympic Games held in London in 2012.

The Brilliant Uncirculated edition of these coins was originally sold individually by The Royal Mint for £2.99 +P&P

  • Manufactured to a higher standard on a slower press
  • Packed carefully into a protective capsule
  • Presented on a colourful London 2012 design card
  • Placed into a polybag for extra protection
  • Features official London 2012 logo

Known as the 50p Sports Collection, if you bought all 29 coins in the set they offered a FREE Coin Album to hold all coins plus the Completer Medal.

Which are the Rare Olympic Coins?

Aquatics 50p Lines Across Face

The Aquatics 50p first edition with lines across the face of the swimmer is a rare coin.

Aquatics 50p rare coin
Aquatics 50p rare coin

Only 600 of the Aquatics 50 pence coins were issued with the water covering the face of the swimmer before the design was changed to show no water lines across the face.

A 1st Edition Aquatics coin in the original BU coin pack sold on the 3rd February 2019 for £957.50, according to eBay Sold listings.

The 2nd edition Aquatics 50 pence is NOT a rare coin.

Beware! due to the high value and demand for this coin, there are copies / fake coins in circulation and on eBay.

Do your research before you buy one.

Blue Peter 50p

The Blue Peter 50p Winner’s Edition is a rare coin.

Blue Peter 50p Winner's Edition rare coin

In 2009, the BBC Children’s TV program Blue Peter held a competition for its viewers to send in their design for an Olympic 50 pence.

The winner was Florence Jackson’s drawing of a high-jumper. Nine-year-old Florence, from Bristol, was the first child ever to work with the Royal Mint to design a UK coin.

Blue Peter 50p
Blue Peter 50p

A limited-edition of these Blue Peter 50p Winner’s Edition coins were minted in 2009 and it’s these ones that are rare.

It is thought that only 100,000 of the commemorative coins with a 2009 stamp were minted.

The 2011 variant of the Athletics 50p is NOT a rare coin.

Second, on the rare Olympic 50p coin list is the Football 50p, also referred to as the Offside Rule coin.

This is the lowest mintage coin of the 2011 issues, closely followed by Wrestling, Judo, and Triathlon.

All are sought-after by British Coin collectors and UK Numismatists.

NIFC Coins

Some fifty pence coins are formally known as NIFC (Not Intended For Circulation) which means the Royal Mint has released them as collectable coins only and not put them into general circulation. You will not find these coins in your pocket change.

Some of these coins are still available to purchase directly from the Royal Mint in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.

Don’t pay more for a circulated coin on eBay when you can get it directly from the mint!

All prices are average selling prices seen in our research of UK coin values.