Top 10 Most Valuable 50p Coins in Circulation

In the late 1960’s (1969 to be specific) the world saw for the first time, a seven-sided coin. It replaced the ten-shilling note at the time, giving way to the birth of the 50 pence piece.

The 50p coin was used all throughout the British Commonwealth, today it’s mostly used around the UK and is one of the most produced coins from the Royal Mint. There’s estimated to be over one billion 50p coins in circulation.

This one might be a bit of a shock to you; but when the coin first came about 50p could afford you six loaves of bread or fives pints of beer. Perhaps the biggest shock though is that 50p’s today can be up to £2,300 and more.

That’s right, the loose change that you have jangling around in your pockets or down the back of the sofa could pay for a new car.

So let’s see what’s in your pocket with the top 10 most valuable 50p coins.

Top 10 most valuable 50p coins (in circulation)

Battle of Hastings 50p (2016)

This is a strange one as technically there are much rarer coins. With around 6.7 million in circulation, this coin has been known to sell for as much as £2,500.

It was created to remember the day when King Harold II was defeated by William the Conqueror and contrary to popular rumors, the coin was not made in 1066.

Peter Rabbit 50p (2016)

These 50p coins are huge fan favorites. They were first released in 2016 when the Royal Mint put 9.6 million into circulation to celebrate 150 years since Beatrix Potter was born.

If found, some have been known to sell for at least £800.

Since then The Royal Mint has created a full collection, some in colour. They are beautiful and for 50p collectors a staple part of the assembly. Read more about the Beatrix Potter, Peter Rabbit collection here.

The Alternative Olympic Swimming 50p (2011)

In 2011 this coin started to be made ahead of the 2012 Olympics in London. It features a swimmer, quite ambiguously doing any stroke with the Olympic games logo at the top of the coin.

A coin specialist by name of Philip Mussell estimates that this coin could be worth up to £900.

Blue Peter Olympic 50p (2009)

This coin certainly made one family in the UK very proud. Blue Peter ran a competition back in 2009. It asked viewers to send in their best 50p ideas.

The winner drew an athlete doing the high jump. It’s quite the endearing picture. With around 20,000 in circulation the coin is rare and could be worth as much as £230.

Kew Gardens 50p (2009)

With 210, 000 in circulation the Kew Gardens 50p is a fan favorite. It features the iconic Pagoda Tower from Kew Gardens. This Chinese architecture is then wrapped (quite appropriately in a plant).

There have been recordings of this coin being sold for £200-£230.

The Euro 50p (1992)

It’s risen in popularity now that Brexit has been completed. This decorative 50p has twelve stars around the outside of the coin representing the EC Single Market.

There’s been accounts of the coins selling for £55 but this coin in rarely in circulation anymore.

Wheelchair Rugby 50p (2011)

It was launched as part of the Olympics collection which saw 27 other special 50p’s created. There are thought to be around 1.5 million coins in circulation worth up to £20.

Olympic Football 50p (2011)

By no means is it the most expensive 50p coin, selling for £14, but it is still rare (relatively) with one million in circulation.

It accompanied other Olympic coins and shows quite clearly the offside rule of football. The offside rule has never been shown so clearly. It’s simplicity makes this coin a winner.

D-Day Landings 50p (1994)

This famous coin has around 6.5 million in circulation and has been known to sell for over £5. This commemorative piece paints an amazing image of planes flying over the ocean where boats of all sizes are travelling. It’s quite an emotional piece.

The Girl Guides 50p (2010)

The coin was brought out to celebrate one hundred years of the Girl Guides. It’s a really attractive coin with the three-leaf ‘trefoil’ logo representing the three promises made as a Girl Guide.

The coin has 7.4 million in circulation and a value of £4

A small fortune in your pocket…

So there we go. There’s every chance that you have a small fortune in your pocket and at worst, a nice piece of art that might be priceless to you.