AN OLD 50p coin celebrating Britain’s Presidency of the European Council could be worth up to £50 and you could have one at home.
According to new figures published in collectors mag Spend It? Save It?, the coin could be worth up to 100 times face value.
The coin celebrating the UKs leadership on the European Council could be worth up to £50
The Royal Mint commemorated Britain’s year-long lead in the European Council with a 50p coin minted between 1992 and 1993, and featuring both dates.
The design features a birds-eye view of a conference table with 12 chairs around it for each of the ministers, with the UK at the top of the table.
Only 109,000 of them were released into circulation – making it one of the rarest 50p coins.
The chances of one turning up in your change is unlikely though because the design is stamped on one of the old 50p coins.
The coin is minted on one of the old 50ps and isnt currently in circulation
What are the most valuable 50p coins?
HAVE a rummage through the change in your pocket for a rare 50p coins becsause they could be worth a small fortune.
Kew Gardens, up to £160
This rare commemorative coin was created in 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of London’s Kew Gardens. Only 210,000 od these coins were issued and a quick check online shows up that a circulated coin with this design sold for £160 on eBay after it got 25 bids.
Sir Isaac Newton, up to £77
At first, just 375 of the Sir Isaac Newton coins were released into the tills at Woolsthorpe Manor in Lincolnshire, the birthplace and home of the famous scientist, but more of the coins were slowly released into circulation – adding up to a total of 1.8million. The majority of these coins are still boxed in protective packaging and they’re selling for around £76.99 online.
Jemima Puddle Duck, up to £13.50
There are only 2.1million of these coins in circulation and one of the coins recently sold for 27 times it’s value at £13.50 on eBay.
Suffragettes, up to £7.50
There are currently 3.1million of the coins in circulation. Recently, one coin that had been in circulation fetched £7.50 on eBay – that’s 15 times its face value.
WWF, up to £4.50
There are 3.4million coins in circulation and they are hugely popular amongst collectors. We found one that was recently sold for £4.50.
Britannia, up to £1.81
Britannia replaced by the new Royal Shield in 2008 as the standard 50p design, and none have been issued since, making the ones minted in that year valuable to collectors. Only 3.5million were issued into circulation and one recently sold on eBay for £1.81.
These coins were bigger and heavier than the ones you get today and were withdrawn from circulation in 1997.
But that doesn’t mean you don’t have one at home – now might be the time to check your money boxes.
On eBay, a circulated coin will fetch around the same amount as an uncirculated coin in mint condition.
In September, one of the coins sold for £52 online after receiving nine bids.
But even ones in mint condition don’t sell for as much as the Kew Gardens 50p which is actually the rarest design in circulation.
This coin can fetch up to a £400 online.
A rare 50p coin that was designed by a nine-year-old Blue Peter competition winner could now be worth £100, according to experts.
Have you got any other 2012 Olympic 50p coins at home? They could also be worth even more now, four years on from the games.
It’s not just Olympic coins that have increased in value – these are the ones that are actually worth a small fortune, even if they’re not the rarest.
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