Kew Gardens 50p is extremely rare according to the Royal Mint
Check your change because you might have a 50 pence piece that’s worth more than 50p. The Royal Mint reckon that the Kew Gardens 50p coin will disappear pretty quickly now that they’ve called it the “rarest coin in general circulation”.
If you find one in your pocket, eBay buyers are looking to take them off your hands. While £24 isn’t a lot of money, it’s far more than the coin’s monetary value. The numbers suggest that one in every 300 people will have a Kew Gardens coin so dig around your wallet or purse to have a look. The Royal Mint is making a big noise about this in an effort to get them out of circulation. A spokesman told us that they’re “urging everyone to check their change to see whether they could have one of these exceptional coins in their pockets.”
The Royal Botanic Gardens pagoda is featured on the coin along with the dates 1759 and 2009. The word “Kew” is also present, so it shouldn’t be too hard to spot among your other silver coins. If you’ve got an uncirculated example in its commemorative plastic box, The London Coin Company are currently offering £54.95 for it through their eBay page.
If you find one of these Kew Gardens coins, holding onto it for a while could be the prudent thing to do as you might find that it’s worth more as the years go by.