Sheffield woman finds the rarest 50p coin in circulation - but how much is it worth?

A Sheffield woman has proved why you should always check your change, after stumbling across an ultra rare 50p coin.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 22nd December 2017, 8:41 am
Updated Friday, 22nd December 2017, 8:45 am
Rare 50p coin (s)
Rare 50p coin (s)

Linzi Marriot posted on Facebook that she had been lucky enough to stumble across the Kew Gardens 50p coin in her change yesterday.

She posted: "Omg!!! I’ve been collecting coins since I was a little girl so to get this bad boy in my change today, I’m just so happy!! #rare50p #kewgardens"

Rare 50p coins - Image: Changechecker

Andrew Stuart Davidson replied: "I've never see one I collect 50p this is worth the most in good condition."

The Kew Garden 50p coin was created to celebrate the 250th anniversary of London's Kew Gardens and only 210,000 of these were released.

This is compared to other 50p coins, including the 2008 Royal Arms coin, which was manufactured 22.7 million times.

It is believed to be worth around £50 but some have been listed on eBay previously for up to £300.

Rare 50p coins - Image: Changechecker

Other rare 50p coins usually only sell for around 10 to 12 times face value when they are sold on.

The Royal Mail has declared the Kew Gardens coin the rarest in circulation and changechecker has it listed as number one on its list of 54 rare coins.

The next four scarcest coins are all from the 2012 Olympics; Football, Triathlon, Judo and Wrestling.

Recently, the Royal Mint issued Beatrix Potter 50p coins which rank highly with Jemima Puddle-Duck and Squirrel Nutkin coming in at numbers six and seven.