50p Coin List: List of Rare 50p Coins

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Written By Natasha Jones
I'm Natasha Jones, an avid collector of coins, stamps, and paper money. My passion drives me to seek unique finds, from antique shops to international exchanges. I enjoy connecting with fellow collectors through forums and meet-ups, sharing discoveries and insights. Collecting, for me, is about preserving history and building a community around this shared interest.

If you want to get your hands on some rare 50p coins, you’ve come to the right place.

I will show you some of the rarest 50p coins in this article! Here is the list of rare 50p coins:

List of Rare 50p Coins:

Kew Gardens (2009)


This 50p coin was released in 2009 and celebrated the Royal Botanic Gardens in London. Kew Gardens is a Royal Park, and it has been since 1931.

It’s home to many rare plants and trees, including the world’s most extensive collection of living plants (nearly 70,000) and the most diverse botanical and mycological collections.

With only 210,000 pieces minted, this coin is the rarest of all the 50p coins released!

Olympic Wrestling (2011)

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With only 1,129,500 units minted, this coin was one of the lowest print runs in the series. The Olympic Wrestling 50p is part of the more extensive Olympic Games set issued in 2011.

The coin features an image of two wrestlers locked in a battle, with one falling backward as he loses his grip on his opponent’s leg.

The background shows an arena with spectators watching from above and on either side of the action.

Olympic Football (2012)


The Olympic Football (2012) coin is one of the most valuable 50p coins.

With only 1,125,500 units minted, this coin is one of the most sought-after by collectors!

The design on the reverse side was by Niel Wolfson, depicting a graphic explanation of the offside rule.

Olympic Judo (2012)


The Olympic Judo 50p coin features a judoka contest on the reverse side designed by David Cornell.

With a mintage of 1,161,500 units, this coin usually goes around $27.50 if circulated.

Olympic Triathlon (2012)


This coin has a mintage of 1,163,500, and it depicts the categories that make up the Triathlon race (swimming, cycling, and running) on the reverse side, designed by Sarah Harvey. Surely, it is a one-of-a-kind coin!

Peter Rabbit (2018)


Peter Rabbit is a popular children’s book by Beatrix Potter that first appeared in The Tale of Peter Rabbit in 1902.

In 2018, the Royal Mint released a 50p coin to commemorate the story, featuring a design by Emma Noble inspired by some of Beatrix Potter’s original paintings.

The design depicts Peter Rabbit munching on radishes.

Flopsy Bunny (2018)


With a mintage of 1,400,000 units, the Flopsy Bunny 50p coin was issued to celebrate one of the most loved children’s tales, “The Tale of Flopsy Bunny,” written by Beatrix Potter. This was also the first UK coin to feature Flopsy Bunny.

Olympic Tennis (2011)


The coin has a net and tennis ball design to depict the sport, accompanied by the London Olympics logo on the reverse side, designed by Tracy Baines.

Unfortunately, this coin only has 1,454,000 units minted in circulation.

Olympic Goalball (2011)


This coin was minted to celebrate the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympic events hosted in London, with a mintage of 1,651,500.

The design on the reverse side depicts a goalball athlete throwing a ball, and there are lines to indicate the speed and a bell on the ball to indicate that the game relied on sound.

Before you go…

We hope you learned and enjoyed this list of rare 50p coins and have learned something new today. These coins are surely one of a kind and are worthy of collecting! So, check out some of the coins to add to your collection! As always, we would love to hear from you about what coins are in your collection! Happy coin collecting!

Check out my next article: “Collecting Australian 1c and 2c Coins.”

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