Note there are 3 variants of this coin so educate yourself here before you buy or sell one.
Benjamin Britten Circulated Coin
The coin features the uplifting words BLOW BUGLE BLOW and SET THE WILD ECHOES FLYING along with the composer's name in a stave.
The Benjamin Britten 50p coins are being held by private British coin collectors so the availability to the public is reducing.
Benjamin Britten BU Coin Pack
The Brilliant Uncirculated (BU) version, in a sealed coin pack.
These are selling on eBay for around £65!
Benjamin Britten Silver Proof Coin
The rare silver-proof version of this coin had an original selling price of £90 and came in a special presentation box with a certificate.
Only 1,000 were issued to mark the 100th birthday of the British composer.
From completed listings we have seen on eBay, they may now fetch as much as £350.
The Benjamin Britten Coin Details
The Royal Mint Coin Specification
|Composition||Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)|
|Obverse Designer||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen 2013 - Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS (IRB)|
|Reverse Designer||Tom Phillips CBE RA|
Full details of this coin are posted on the Royal Mint website here
How many Benjamin Britten 50p coins were minted?
The Royal Mint mintage records show they issued 5.3 million standard versions.
Benjamin Britten 50p Value?
We just bought one in great condition on ebay.co.uk for £5 including postage however they are reportedly selling on eBay for thousands of pounds.
This one is reported to have sold for £2,951
We can only hope the buyer understood what they were getting as it appears to be a circulated coin, not the silver proof version.
Benjamin Britten 50p Coin Scam? - there have been articles in the UK news calling sales of this coin for thousands of pounds, a scam.
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