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How much is the Kew Gardens 50p worth?

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The Kew Gardens 50p coin, issued in 2009, is the rarest UK 50p circulation coin due to the low mintage by The Royal Mint. The coin commands prices around 160 times the face value of the coin, and regularly sells on eBay for up to £100. The exact value varies but is said to be around £80. 

  • The Kew Gardens 50p is the rarest 50p coin in circulation
  • Released in 2009, the coin celebrates the 250th anniversary of the famous London gardens
  • The official mintage of the Kew Gardens 50p coin is c.210,000
  • 'Brilliant uncirculated' and 'proof' versions of the coin were also issued and are not as rare
  • The circulation coin consistently tops the 50p scarcity index produced by firm ChangeChecker

The Royal Mint first issued a commemorative 50p coin in 1973 to mark the United Kingdom's accession to the European Economic Community.

Further commemorative coins, featuring special designs on the reverse (tails) side of the coin, following in the 1990s and have become increasingly popular in the 2000s, culminating in the release of 29 different 50p coins to celebrate the London Olympics Games in 2012. Today, 50p commemorative coins make up a part of The Royal Mint's annual schedule of commemorative coins, giving collectors a growing number to pursue. 

The Kew Gardens 50p coin was issued in 2009 to mark the '250th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Botanic Gardens'.

The design, by Christopher Le Brun, features a pagoda encircled by a vine and the dates 1759 and 2009, and the word 'KEW'.

How much is the Kew Gardens 50p worth?

Copies of the circulation Kew Gardens 50p generally sell for between £75 and £100 each.

The circulation coins are often sold in groups, with one eBay lot of ten coins selling for £1,220 in February 2018.  

Buyer beware! Other 'uncirculated' editions of the Kew Gardens coins are available and are not as rare as the circulation coins. Make sure any coin you purchase is the circulation version.

There were 128,364 brilliant uncirculated Kew Gardens 50p coins produced and 34,438 UK proof sets featuring an uncirculated version of the coin.

Is it really the rarest coin in the UK?

There are many other British coins that are scarcer than the Kew Gardens 50p, but they are no longer in circulation, and so you won't ever find one in your everyday change.

The Kew Gardens 50p is therefore Britain's rarest circulation coin.

Find out more

You can find out more about British circulation coinage and scarcity in every issue of Coin Collecting Magazine

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