2009 Kew Gardens 50p

£200.00

Kew Gardens 50p Released in 2009 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, the Kew Gardens 50p is the rarest circulating 50p coin in the UK.

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Kew Gardens 50p coin

The 2009 Kew Gardens 50p is the most highly-prized 50 pence coin sought by British Coin collectors in the UK.

With a stunning design featuring the Chinese Pagoda at The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew, the Kew Gardens 50 pence has a low mintage figure of only 210,000 coins released into UK circulation in 2009.

More about the Kew Gardens 50p

The Kew 50p was re-issued in 2019 as one of the 50 Years of the 50p celebration set coins. You may find a single coin listed for sale, with a 2019 date, meaning it was taken from a coin set. These are not as rare or as valuable as an original 2009 coin.

How much is the Kew Gardens 50p worth?

With average prices now over £200 for a circulated coin, these are fast disappearing from UK general circulation into private coin collections across the world. Prices vary greatly based upon condition, keep in mind these coins have been in use for 12 years!

Prices have been going up steadily, recently trending over £200 for a circulated coin on eBay in 2021.

Genuine 2009 Kew Gardens 50p
Genuine 2009 Kew Gardens 50p

There seems to be no limit to the Kew 50p worth, as sales prices continue to rise.

What are the chances of finding a Kew Gardens 50p?

With only 210,000 Kew 50p coins being entered into circulation in 2009, it’s thought that your chances are only one in three hundred for being likely to find one in your change.

With UK coin collectors buying large bags of 50p coins from the Post Office just to coin hunt for the elusive Kew Gardens coins, the number still in circulation is probably dramatically less than the original 210K. Everyone is now taking pride of place in coin collections around the world.

How much is a Kew Gardens 50p worth?

The Kew Gardens 50p is worth £130 is general circulated condition, with coins in good condition selling for around £175. In January 2021 a circulated coin sold on eBay for £200

Why are kew gardens 50p worth so much?

The Kew Gardens 50p is worth so much because it has a very low mintage figure of just 210,000 coins in general circulation. If you compare this to other coins in circulation which are in the millions of coins it's very rare! As the coins that are found go into the collections of UK coin collectors, the number is going even less.

Is my Kew Gardens 50p Real?

We are often asked, is my Kew Gardens 50p real? Due to the high value of this coin there are now many copy or fake coins in circulation. The situation got more confusing when the Kew Gardens 50p was re-issued in 2019 as part of the 50 Years of the 50p coin sets. To check in your coin is real, read our guide here.

What’s the Chinese tower?

The Kew Gardens 50p design depicts the Chinese Great Pagoda at Kew gardens encircled by a vine and accompanied by the dates “1759” and “2009”, with the word “KEW” at the base of the pagoda.

In 2009 the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew marked its 250th Anniversary as a botanical garden and The Royal Mint was proud to join in the celebrations with a splendid commemorative design.

Is the Kew Gardens 50p rare?

The Royal Mint indicated that there is only one Kew Gardens 50 pence in circulation for every 300 people in the UK due to its limited mintage of 210,000 coins.

You may have to dig deep to find one in your pocket change or you can buy them on eBay if your pockets are deep enough!

2009 Kew Gardens 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin

Struck in cupro-nickel and designed by Christopher Le Brun RA, this commemorative 50p coin celebrates the 250th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew.

It features the Chinese Pagoda surrounded by the dates 1759 and 2009.

The colourful pack tells the rich history of the Gardens and the architecture at Kew as well as the inspiration behind choosing the famous Pagoda as the centerpiece for the reverse design of the coin.

2009 UK Kew Gardens 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
2009 UK Kew Gardens 50p Brilliant Uncirculated Coin
Kew Gardens 50p BU Pack
Kew Gardens 50p BU Pack
  • Limited edition of 50,000 coins
  • Royal Mint Product code: UKKGBU
  • Displayed in a colourful presentation folder
  • BU coins are struck to a higher quality than the coins in your pocket
  • Original issue price in 2009: £6.99

Kew Gardens Philatelic Numismatic Cover

The BU coin was also issued as a Kew Gardens Philatelic Numismatic Cover.

Presented within a specially designed folder that tells the rich history of the Gardens accompanied by four commemorative stamps, each featuring an architectural masterpiece located at Kew Gardens.

Kew Gardens Philatelic Numismatic Cover
Kew Gardens Philatelic Numismatic Cover
  • Limited edition of 20,000 PNC
  • Royal Mint Product code: UKKGPNC
  • Presented within a specially designed folder that tells the rich history of the Gardens
  • BU coins are struck to a higher quality than the coins in your pocket
  • Original issue price in 2009: £15.45

2009 UK Proof Coin Sets

The Kew Gardens 50 pence was also included in the 2009 Annual Proof Sets.

The issue limits for these coin sets were:

2009 Brilliant Uncirculated Proof Coin Set

The 2009 United Kingdom Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Collection has 11 coins including the Kew Gardens 50p.

2009 Brilliant Uncirculated Proof Coin Set
2009 Brilliant Uncirculated Proof Coin Set

2009 UK Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Set

2009 UK Brilliant Uncirculated Coin Set

  • Limited edition of 100,000 sets
  • Royal Mint Product code: DU09
  • Displayed in an informative presentation folder
  • Struck to a higher quality than the coins in your pocket
  • Original issue price in 2009: £19.99

What’s it worth today?

We have seen this set selling on eBay and Facebook groups for £325 to £350 when still in the original sealed bag from The Royal Mint.

2009 Baby Gift Coin Set

The 2009 United Kingdom Baby Gift set has 11 coins including the Kew Gardens 50p.

2009 Baby Gift Set
2009 Baby Gift Set
2009 Baby Gift Set
2009 Baby Gift Set
  • Limited edition of 50,000 sets
  • Royal Mint Product code: DU09BP
  • Presented within a specially designed folder that includes space to record the baby’s birth details and family tree
  • Struck to a higher quality than the coins in your pocket
  • Original issue price in 2009: £19.99

2009 Standard Proof Coin Set

The 2009 United Kingdom Baby Gift set has 12 coins including the Kew Gardens 50p.

2009 UK Standard Proof Coin Set
2009 UK Standard Proof Coin Set
  • Limited edition of 20,000 sets
  • Royal Mint Product code: D09
  • Displayed in an attractive case featuring the Royal Mint emblem on the cover
  • Struck to a higher quality than the coins in your pocket
  • Original issue price in 2009: £39.99

2009 Deluxe Proof Coin Set

The 2009 UK Deluxe Proof Coin Set has 12 Proof quality coins, including the Kew Gardens 50p.

2009 Deluxe Proof Coin Set
2009 Deluxe Proof Coin Set
  • Limited edition of 15,000 sets
  • Royal Mint Product code: D09DX
  • Displayed in a sumptuous black leather case
  • Struck to a higher quality than the coins in your pocket
  • Original issue price in 2009: £49.99

2009 Executive Proof Coin Set

This collection for 2009 comprises 12 legal tender circulating coins of the realm, from the 1p to the £2, together with the four magnificent commemorative coins.

All are struck to superior Proof standard and are housed in a luxurious walnut-veneer case displaying on its lid the emblem of the Royal Mint.

An informative booklet, which includes an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity, completes the presentation.

2009 Executive Proof Coin Set
2009 Executive Proof Coin Set
Kew Gardens 50p from Executive Proof Set Reverse
Kew Gardens 50p from Executive Proof Set Reverse
  • Limited edition of 5,000 sets
  • Royal Mint Product code: DU09BP
  • Displayed in a luxurious walnut-veneer presentation case
  • Struck to superior Proof quality
  • Original issue price in 2009: £79.99

Example of the COA:

Kew Gardens EPS COA
Kew Gardens EPS COA

Beware of fake coins!

If you are buying any of these coins, please take care to make sure it is a genuine coin as there are many fake Kew 50p coins in circulation. On eBay, read the listing title and description carefully and ask the Seller for confirmation that it is a genuine coin if you are uncertain. Stay away from any listings that say “COMPLETER”, “COPY”, “FAKE”, “FILLER”, and such. Look for the word “GENUINE” in your search.

How to spot Kew Gardens 50p fake coins?

There are fake or (copy) coins posted on eBay daily, so do your homework to be able to recognise them before you start any bidding.

Our tips to buying a Kew Gardens 50p on eBay include:

  • OBVERSE: Text under Queen’s neck says IRB COPY – 100% Fake
  • OBVERSE: Tip of Queen’s neck points anywhere other than at the “P” of PENCE, 100% Fake
  • OBVERSE: Is the Queen’s face and neck frosted? Possible Fake
  • OBVERSE: Do the Queen’s eyes look weird? Possible Fake
  • REVERSE: Lines each side of the word KEW, Possible Fake if it’s a circulated coin. See more below.
  • REVERSE: Is the tip of the Pagoda very pointed? Possible Fake
  • VERY SHINY: Possible Fake
  • NO PICTURE POSTED OF THE OBVERSE (the side with the Queen’s face): Possible Fake, ask to see one
  • ONLY 1 AUCTION BID? Possible Fake, other Buyers think it is a Fake so are not bidding. Monitor the auction.
  • “GENUINE” in eBay title text: This is a good sign but doesn’t mean it is a real one. Check the above.
  • “SEE DETAILS” or “READ” in eBay title text: Check item details for the words “Copy”, “Souvenir”, “Replica” or “Completer”
Fake Kew Gardens
Fake Kew Gardens

Genuine circulated coins have no lines on each side of the word KEW.

BU / Proof / Silver / Gold coins have double lines.

Some people think that ALL coins with the lines are FAKE, this is not the case if they are BU or Proof coins direct from the Royal Mint.

Additional information

Weight 8 g
Dimensions 27.3 mm
Circulation

Yes