50p Coins in Circulation
There are around 100, 50 pence pieces in circulation across the UK. Some are worth only 50p others can be worth hundreds or thousands. This article goes through every possible 50p that is in circulation (that you could stumble across) and where we can, we’ve put a price against them.
Prices listed against the coins have been pulled from research in auctions.
50p’s in circulation
- Britannia (1997-2008) 50p
- European Union (1998) £1.60
- NHS (1998) £1.95
- Public Libraries (2000) £1.25
- Suffragettes (2003) £2.25
- Roger Bannister (2004) £1.25
- Dictionary (2005) £1.24
- Victoria Cross – Heroic Acts (2006) £1.22
- Victoria Cross Medal (2006) £1.20
- Scouts (2007) £1.25
- Shield of The Royal Arms (2008-2019) 50p
- Kew Gardens (2009) £156
- Girl Guides (2010) £1.50
- WWF (2011) £2.00
- Olympics, Aquatics (2011) £2.15
- Olympics, Archery (2011) £1.38
- Olympics, Athletics (2011) [Blue Peter Illustration] £1.99
- Olympics, Badminton (2011) £2.00
- Olympics, Basketball (2011) £2.05
- Olympics, Boccia (2011) £1.82
- Olympics, Boxing (2011) £1.75
- Olympics, Canoeing (2011) £1.60
- Olympics, Cycling (2011) £1.58
- Olympics, Equestrian (2011) £1.85
- Olympics, Fencing (2011) £1.80
- Olympics, Football (2011) £16
- Olympics, Goalball (2011) £2.70
- Olympics, Gymnastics (2011) £2.25
- Olympics, Handball (2011) £2.45
- Olympics, Hockey (2011) £2.70
- Olympics, Judo (2011) £11
- Olympics, Modern Pentathlon (2011) £2.50
- Olympics, Rowing (2011) £2.75
- Olympics, Sailing (2011) £2.50
- Olympics, Shooting (2011) £2.58
- Olympics, Table Tennis (2011) £2.28
- Olympics, Taekwondo (2011) £2.40
- Olympics, Tennis (2011) £3.22
- Olympics, Triathlon (2011) £12
- Olympics, Volleyball (2011) £1.75
- Olympics, Weightlifting (2011) £2.36
- Olympics, Wheelchair Rugby (2011) £2.25
- Olympics, Wrestling (2011) £8.20
- Benjamin Britten (2013) £1.26
- Christopher Ironside (2013) £1.24
- Glasgow Commonwealth Games (2014) £1.22
- Battle of Britain (2015) £1.75
- Team GB (2016) £1.88
- Battle of Hastings (2016) £1.38
- Beatrix Potter Anniversary (2016) £1.54
- Peter Rabbit (2016) £1.65
- Squirrel Nutkin (2016) £1.50
- Jemima Puddle-Duck (2016) £9.75
- Mrs Tiggy-Winkle (2016) £1.35
- Sir Isaac Newton (2017) £2.71
- Peter Rabbit (2017) £1.25
- Jeremy Fisher (2017) £1.23
- Tom Kitten (2017) £1.25
- Benjamin Bunny (2017) £1.23
- Representative of the People Act (2018) £1.23
- Paddington at the Station (2018) £1.25
- Paddington at Buckingham Palace (2018) £1.28
- Peter Rabbit (2018) £5.60
- The Tailor of Gloucester (2018) £1.41
- Mrs Tittlemouse (2018) £3.45
- Flopsy Bunny (2018) £5.25
- Sherlock Holmes (2019) £1.24
- Paddington at the Tower (2019) £1.22
- Paddington at St Paul’s (2019) £1.23
- Brexit (2020) £1.60
You’ll probably notice from the list of coins that there are actually groups of fifty pence pieces. Collectors refer to these as coin collections. The most common collection in circulation is the Olympic coins. There are twenty-eight in total and they showcase a huge variety of sports.
The next largest coin collection is the Beatrix Potter collection which includes all of your favourite characters. In recent times the most successful and in demand fifty pence piece in the Beatrix Potter collection is the Peter Rabbit coin.
The Peter Rabbit coin has been made in a few manufacturing cycles, so when looking for the value of your coin, checking the date is quite important.
Another large 50p collection is for Paddington Bear. He features in a number of locations across London; Paddington Station, St Pauls, Buckingham Palace. Generally the value of Paddington coins is less than other coins but, like the Beatrix Potter collection, the images and artwork are widely loved and enjoyed.
Coins not in circulation
There are a number of 50p coins that have been made by the Royal Mint that are not in open circulation. These are purely for collection. As these coins vary in price it has been difficult for us to fix prices, some coins are not even available anymore.
- The Snowman (2018)
- The Gruffalo (2019)
- Stephen Hawking (2019)
- Peter Rabbit (2019)
- 50 Years of the 50p (2019)
- The Gruffalo and Mouse (2019)
- Wallace and Gromit (2019)
- The snowman (2019)
- Dinosaur Megalosaurus (2020)
- Dinosaur Iguanodon (2020)
What to do if you find one?
With so many 50p coins in circulation (thought to be over one billion), finding one of these valuable coins is quite a special moment. Which raises the questions, what should you do if you came across one while cleaning your sofa or sorting through loose change?
Sell them – with us talking about the price of these coins, you would be forgiven if you wanted to sell them. It’s a good way to make quick money and gives them to someone who loves and collects fifty pence pieces.
Collect them – it might be that you want to keep the coins yourself. There is every chance that as time goes on, the value of the coin will go up.
This is because some coins might be pulled from circulation as they are damaged or lost. Either way, as time goes on, the number of rare coins increases, which in turn will raises the value of the coins in your collection.
Spend them – most people will go through life and not acknowledge or even look at a fifty pence piece and there is also every chance that even if they did see the coin, they would not think that some can be worth thousands.
There is every chance that many of you, before reading this or being educated on coins would have come into contact with a rare coin and not known it.