Rare UK coins


A RARE commemorative 50p piece which features Kew Gardens could be worth much more than it’s face value as collectors are trying to snap them up at auction.

The coin, which was manufactured in 2011, celebrates the 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanical Gardens but The Royal Mint only released 210,000.

Kew Gardens 50 p

The rare Kew Gardens 50p coin could be worth £50

This is compared to the 2008 Royal Arms coin which was manufactured 22.7 million times and the 2010 Girl guiding design in 2010 which was produced 7.5 million times.

The Royal Mail has declared the Kew Gardens coin the rarest in circulation but currently it’s estimated that one in 300 people have one, however private collectors are quickly gathering them up.

But if you don’t have one of the Kew Gardens check your change for one of these special coins:

London Olympics 50p coin – £3,000 

London Olympics 2012 50p coins

The original London 2012 aquatics coin could be worth up to £3,000

To celebrate the 2012 London Olympics, The Royal Mint released a 50p piece with 29 difference designs – but some were produced more than others.

If you’ve managed to collect a full set of coins, you could fetch around £35 at auction, or if you possess a football, wheelchair rugby, wrestling and tennis piece you could be looking at £3-4.

But one London Olympics coin is worth gold if you have it – the original aquatic coin, which shows water passing directly over the swimmer’s face.

There were only 600 coins created before the design changed slightly to show a swimmer’s face but if you have one it could earn you up to £3,000 in eBay.

The ‘New Pence’ 2p coin from 1983 – £650

1983 New Pence coin

The 1983 ‘New Pence’ 2p coin could fetch up to £650

Up until 1981 all 2p coins had the words ‘New Pence’ inscribed on the reverse but a year later The Royal Mint decided to change it to say ‘Two Pence.”

But, in 1983 The Royal Mint accidentally released a small number of coins which had the old inscription of ‘New Pence” on them.

A lot of the coins were snapped up by collectors, but if you happen to have one in a penny jar, it could be worth up to £650.

Dateless 2p coin – £100

Dateless 20p coin

The usual dateless 20p coin could rake in around £100

In 2008, The Royal Mint decided to change the positioning of the date on every 20p piece, moving it from the back to the front.

But in an accidental error, a batch of between 50,000 – 200,000 coins were released without a date at all – if you have on in mint condition it could fetch up to £100.[/fusion_text]

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