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Are Kew Gardens coins rare?
The Kew Gardens 50p is the rarest 50 pence coin you will find in general circulation with only 210,000 minted.
It was issued by The Royal Mint in 2009, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the foundation of Kew Gardens, Officially called The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew near London.
The Royal Mint Coin Specifications
|Composition||Cupro-nickel (75% copper, 25% nickel)|
|Obverse Designer||Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen 2009 - Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS|
|Reverse Designer||Christopher Le Brun|
Kew Gardens 50p Value
Our research found eBay completed items prices as follows;
- CIRCULATED coin price: Expect to pay £93
- BRILLIANT UNCIRCULATED coin BU price: Expect to pay up to £130
- SILVER PROOF coin price: Expect to pay £260
The super-rare SILVER PIEDFORT edition appears to have sold in November for £310.
2 x 2009 Royal Mint Kew Gardens Piedfort 50p Fifty Pence Silver Proof Coin PCGS PR69 sold for £749.95 in December 2016.
Check our Kew Gardens 50p worth page to see the latest coin sales on eBay.
With just over 1 Kew Gardens 50 pence in every 300 people in the UK, or 0.32% of the population, likely to find it in their pocket change.
This spawned many news articles about this rare coin. It was put into general circulation back in 2009 so you may have to dig deep to find one! beware of fake coins, see below for more details.
Why does the Kew Gardens 50p have value?
What makes it special is that it has such a low mintage figure, compared to more normal UK coins. Only 210,000 coins were minted by The Royal Mint.
This coin is worth 50 pence at face value (it is legal currency so you can spend it in a shop). Most noteworthy is the low production numbers by The Royal Mint in 2009, this makes the coin rare and collectible by coin enthusiasts. As a result, we have seen the price continue to rise as rare 50p fever hit the British Isles following a press release by The Royal mint announcing the Kew 50p as the rarest commemorative UK coin design to be released into current circulation.
The Kew Gardens 50p value depends upon which version of the coin you have (base, silver, silver piedfort or gold) and above all, what condition it is in (circulated, brilliant uncirculated or proof).
Therefore even well circulated coins are selling fast on eBay as British Numismatists and casual coin collectors snap them up.
So check your change, your kids piggy bank and under the mattress for any version of this coin as you will be quids in!
In the news
Here are some UK newspaper articles on the Kew 50p coin:
- These five 50p coin designs are worth up to £3,000 - thesun.co.uk
- Could your small change be worth a fortune? The £50 Kew Gardens 50p and other valuable coins - mirror.co.uk
- Check your change: Here are four 50p coin designs worth up to £3,000 - metro.co.uk
- The 10 most expensive coins in the world: in pictures - telegraph.co.uk
Buyer Beware! It has been reported that FAKE versions of the coin have been seen for sale, so study the images very closely before you make any purchase decisions.
Some Sellers are being honest about it so look for the words "COPY" and "FAKE" in the eBay listing, if you are happy to pay a small amount for a fake one that's OK as long as you know what you are getting for your money. We are not sure how it is possible for people to be openly selling fake UK currency, the Kew Gardens 50 pence is after all, legal tender in the UK which is why you may find one in your pocket change.
If it is a very shiny 50p coin at less than £60 then it is most likely a fake.
Look for the Queen's Eyes to be badly formed, the Queens neck pointing towards the E (in pence) - it should point to the P and generally a poor quality looking coin. If you compare a couple of different sales listings you should be able to see the differences. If you are buying one of the special edition coins, buy one if a box and ask the seller for the COA (Certificate of Authenticity). A small numbered document issued by The Royal Mint when they originally sold the coin.
Check the eBay description, not just the title, for the word "COPY".
Circulated coins look like they have been in someone's pocket change for years with dings and scratches, a fake coin may look brand new as wear and tear is hard to fake.
How many Kew Gardens 50p coins were minted?
We reference The Royal Mint sales data on how many coins were made.
For the coin collector series it shows:
|Silver Proof Piedfort||2,967|