Have you got an 'incredibly rare' 50p coin in your pocket?

The Argus: Have you got an 'incredibly rare' 50p coin in your pocket? Have you got an 'incredibly rare' 50p coin in your pocket?

A Sussex resident could be holding onto a special coin without even knowing it.

The Royal Mint is encouraging people to rifle through their loose change to discover whether an "incredibly rare" 50 pence piece is hiding in their wallet, a jam jar or down the back of a sofa.

Around one in 300 people is estimated by the Mint to have the Kew Gardens coin in their possession after it was released into circulation in 2009 to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens.

The Mint described the coins as "incredibly rare", so much so that it is the rarest commemorative coin design to be placed into general UK circulation, with just 210,000 of them ever released.

This compares with 22.7 million 50 pence coins produced with the shield of the Royal Arms design in 2008 and 7.5 million 50 pences released in 2010 to celebrate Girlguiding.

Around 28.9 billion UK coins generally are estimated to be in circulation.

The Kew Gardens coin, which features a design showing the pagoda of the Gardens encircled by a twisting vine plant, is already prized by collectors and a search on the eBay auction website showed that several have recently sold for upwards of £20.

A spokeswoman at the Royal Mint said that while the face value of the coin is 50 pence, "what it is worth to collectors is another matter".

Designed by Christopher Le Brun, the coin bears the dates 1759 and 2009 and says "Kew" at the base of the pagoda.

Shane Bissett, director of commemorative coin at the Royal Mint, said: "Whilst we're urging everyone to check their change to see whether they could have one of these exceptional coins in their pockets, we also want to encourage the nation to look more closely at all of the coins we use every day.

"They really are miniature works of art worth looking out for, admiring and collecting - and keeping hold of them is a great way for us to build our own private art galleries. Now that people know just how rare this particular coin is we expect them to disappear from circulation fast."

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12:32pm Thu 20 Feb 14

tykemison says...

Not sure how 210, 000 50p piece's can be classed as"incredibly rare".
Not sure how 210, 000 50p piece's can be classed as"incredibly rare". tykemison

12:45pm Thu 20 Feb 14

ronrostog says...

20 nicker for a ten bob bit? Ker-ching!
20 nicker for a ten bob bit? Ker-ching! ronrostog

12:46pm Thu 20 Feb 14

fredaj says...

tykemison wrote:
Not sure how 210, 000 50p piece's can be classed as"incredibly rare".
Out of 28.9 billions coins, that is extremely rare.
[quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: Not sure how 210, 000 50p piece's can be classed as"incredibly rare".[/p][/quote]Out of 28.9 billions coins, that is extremely rare. fredaj

12:55pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Fight_Back says...

fredaj wrote:
tykemison wrote: Not sure how 210, 000 50p piece's can be classed as"incredibly rare".
Out of 28.9 billions coins, that is extremely rare.
I wouldn't call a 1 in 300 chance of having one rare though.
[quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: Not sure how 210, 000 50p piece's can be classed as"incredibly rare".[/p][/quote]Out of 28.9 billions coins, that is extremely rare.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't call a 1 in 300 chance of having one rare though. Fight_Back

1:40pm Thu 20 Feb 14

roystony says...

I have 6
I have 6 roystony

2:00pm Thu 20 Feb 14

city-boy says...

I would say it's just incredible rare to have any coins full stop under this current government :)
I would say it's just incredible rare to have any coins full stop under this current government :) city-boy

2:11pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Scorpio50 says...

city-boy wrote:
I would say it's just incredible rare to have any coins full stop under this current government :)
Yes, because Labour sold off our gold stock and now we're in a mess!
[quote][p][bold]city-boy[/bold] wrote: I would say it's just incredible rare to have any coins full stop under this current government :)[/p][/quote]Yes, because Labour sold off our gold stock and now we're in a mess! Scorpio50

2:28pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Dan Gleballs says...

Fight_Back wrote:
fredaj wrote:
tykemison wrote: Not sure how 210, 000 50p piece's can be classed as"incredibly rare".
Out of 28.9 billions coins, that is extremely rare.
I wouldn't call a 1 in 300 chance of having one rare though.
28,900,000,000 / 210,000

1 in 137,619.

Correct me if I am wrong!!
[quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: Not sure how 210, 000 50p piece's can be classed as"incredibly rare".[/p][/quote]Out of 28.9 billions coins, that is extremely rare.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't call a 1 in 300 chance of having one rare though.[/p][/quote]28,900,000,000 / 210,000 1 in 137,619. Correct me if I am wrong!! Dan Gleballs

2:36pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Fight_Back says...

Dan Gleballs wrote:
Fight_Back wrote:
fredaj wrote:
tykemison wrote: Not sure how 210, 000 50p piece's can be classed as"incredibly rare".
Out of 28.9 billions coins, that is extremely rare.
I wouldn't call a 1 in 300 chance of having one rare though.
28,900,000,000 / 210,000 1 in 137,619. Correct me if I am wrong!!
I was basing it on the Argus / Mint figure -

"Around one in 300 people is estimated by the Mint to have the Kew Gardens coin in their possession"
[quote][p][bold]Dan Gleballs[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Fight_Back[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: Not sure how 210, 000 50p piece's can be classed as"incredibly rare".[/p][/quote]Out of 28.9 billions coins, that is extremely rare.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't call a 1 in 300 chance of having one rare though.[/p][/quote]28,900,000,000 / 210,000 1 in 137,619. Correct me if I am wrong!![/p][/quote]I was basing it on the Argus / Mint figure - "Around one in 300 people is estimated by the Mint to have the Kew Gardens coin in their possession" Fight_Back

3:32pm Thu 20 Feb 14

In the sticks says...

Grubbs Burgers opposite St Peters had one in their till at about 12.30pm today.

Whether it's still there or been given as change to someone elseI don't know.

It was in my pocket this morning and I was looking at it thinking 'They've changed the 50p again'

Ho Hum.
Grubbs Burgers opposite St Peters had one in their till at about 12.30pm today. Whether it's still there or been given as change to someone elseI don't know. It was in my pocket this morning and I was looking at it thinking 'They've changed the 50p again' Ho Hum. In the sticks

5:12pm Thu 20 Feb 14

qm says...

fredaj wrote:
tykemison wrote:
Not sure how 210, 000 50p piece's can be classed as"incredibly rare".
Out of 28.9 billions coins, that is extremely rare.
It does quite clearly state in the article that there are around 22.7 million 50 pence pieces in circulation not 28.9 billion, which would refer to all coinage.
Let not the truth stand in the way of an opportunity to say something silly!
[quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: Not sure how 210, 000 50p piece's can be classed as"incredibly rare".[/p][/quote]Out of 28.9 billions coins, that is extremely rare.[/p][/quote]It does quite clearly state in the article that there are around 22.7 million 50 pence pieces in circulation not 28.9 billion, which would refer to all coinage. Let not the truth stand in the way of an opportunity to say something silly! qm

8:37pm Thu 20 Feb 14

Valerie Paynter says...

Oh dear. I had one a week or two back. Thought it might be fake as not seen before. Whoever got it when I spent it is in luck, if they still have it.
Oh dear. I had one a week or two back. Thought it might be fake as not seen before. Whoever got it when I spent it is in luck, if they still have it. Valerie Paynter

11:09pm Thu 20 Feb 14

FatherTed11 says...

roystony wrote:
I have 6
I'll give you £2.50 for the lot
[quote][p][bold]roystony[/bold] wrote: I have 6[/p][/quote]I'll give you £2.50 for the lot FatherTed11

10:22am Fri 21 Feb 14

Dan Gleballs says...

qm wrote:
fredaj wrote:
tykemison wrote:
Not sure how 210, 000 50p piece's can be classed as"incredibly rare".
Out of 28.9 billions coins, that is extremely rare.
It does quite clearly state in the article that there are around 22.7 million 50 pence pieces in circulation not 28.9 billion, which would refer to all coinage.
Let not the truth stand in the way of an opportunity to say something silly!
lol omg, calm down.

I didn't say there were 28.9 billion 50p coins, did I?
[quote][p][bold]qm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]fredaj[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]tykemison[/bold] wrote: Not sure how 210, 000 50p piece's can be classed as"incredibly rare".[/p][/quote]Out of 28.9 billions coins, that is extremely rare.[/p][/quote]It does quite clearly state in the article that there are around 22.7 million 50 pence pieces in circulation not 28.9 billion, which would refer to all coinage. Let not the truth stand in the way of an opportunity to say something silly![/p][/quote]lol omg, calm down. I didn't say there were 28.9 billion 50p coins, did I? Dan Gleballs

8:48pm Fri 21 Feb 14

sussexram40 says...

In the sticks wrote:
Grubbs Burgers opposite St Peters had one in their till at about 12.30pm today.

Whether it's still there or been given as change to someone elseI don't know.

It was in my pocket this morning and I was looking at it thinking 'They've changed the 50p again'

Ho Hum.
Gutting.
[quote][p][bold]In the sticks[/bold] wrote: Grubbs Burgers opposite St Peters had one in their till at about 12.30pm today. Whether it's still there or been given as change to someone elseI don't know. It was in my pocket this morning and I was looking at it thinking 'They've changed the 50p again' Ho Hum.[/p][/quote]Gutting. sussexram40

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