‘Extremely rare’ 50p coin in the UK sells for £175 with thousands more in circulation

One of the rarest coins in the UK has sold for an eyewatering small fortune on eBay. A staggering 50 bids were made on the coin by keen collectors before it finally sold for a staggering £ 175.

The ‘Kew Gardens’ 50p coin is like Gold Dust to collectors due to its rarity. A total of just 210,000 coins featuring the distinctive design were minted during its original release in 2009.

Due to its scarcity, finding a Kew Gardens 50p coin in your change can be like winning the lottery. With one buyer willing to pay 350 times the value of the coin to add it to their collection, its worth checking through your pocket change to see if you’re luck enough to be carrying a small fortune, Lincoln Live reports.

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The ‘genuine 2009 Kew Gardens 50p coin’ listing on eBay created a 50-way bidding war before finally being sold for £ 175. The coin features the famous Chinese Pagoda at the Royal Botanic Garden on the tails side – The Queen’s face features as normal on the other side.

It is always worth checking your change for some of the rarest coins in circulation across the UK. However, finding a Kew Gardens 50p coin does not necessarily mean you’re about to make a fortune.

A re-circulated version of the iconic coin was minted in 2019, as part of a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 50p coin. As a much higher number of this coin was minted, it is considerably less valuable to collectors.

According to Coin Hunter, the Kew Gardens 50p piece normally sells for between £ 150.89 and £ 161.50, meaning this coin has sold for above the average. Earlier this month, we spotted a coin of the same design selling for £ 150 on.

If you’re looking to begin your own collection, it is important to make sure you’re not falling for any scams. Coin enthusiast website Change Checker has some tips on the best ways to ensure a Kew Gardens 50p coin is genuine.

They say the important things to look out for include the ‘frosted design’ or ‘very high relief’ on the design, which can be used on fakes. They have also warned that coins that are ‘too shiny’ could be fakes, seeing as they have been in circulation since 2009 and many will have lost their shine by now.



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