The Royal Mint’s 10 Most Valuable and Rarest 50p Coins
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The Royal Mint’s 10 Most Valuable and Rarest 50p Coins

The Royal Mint has revealed some of the rarest 50p coins currently in circulation, which could potentially be worth a lot more than their face value. With over 70 variations minted since the transition to pounds and pence in 1971, the 50p coin is highly valued and collected in the UK. The larger size of the 50p coin allows space for decorative pictures, and it has often been used to commemorate significant events in British history.

The rarity of a coin is a significant factor in determining its value for collectors, along with its condition, any design errors, and the method of sale. The rarest 50p coin is the Kew Gardens 50p, with only 210,000 coins ever minted. This coin has been sold for as much as £700 on eBay. Other valuable coins include those from the 2011 Olympics, such as the wrestling, football, and judo coins, as well as the Flopsy Bunny and Peter Rabbit designs from 2018. In 2019, three new 50p designs were introduced, including ones featuring Sherlock Holmes and Paddington Bear.

Here is a list of the top 10 most valuable coins, along with their year of production and the number minted:
1. Olympic Aquatics (2011), unknown
2. Kew Gardens (2009), 210,000
3. Olympic Wrestling (2011), 1,129,500
4. Olympic Football (2011), 1,161,500
5. Olympic Judo (2011), 1,161,500
6. Olympic Triathlon (2011), 1,163,500
7. Peter Rabbit (2018), 1,400,000
8. Flopsy Bunny (2018), 1,400,000
9. Olympic Tennis (2011), 1,454,000
10. Olympic Goalball (2011), 1,615,500