Old 50p coin rarer and harder to find than Kew Gardens coin could be worth a lot

A rare coin which is harder to find than the famous Kew Gardens 50p could be worth a lot of money.

The EC 50p coin was released between 1992 and 1993 by the Royal Mint to mark the completion of the Single Market.

It was also launched to celebrate the UK’s presidency of the European Council.

With its design it features a birds-eye view of a conference table with 12 chairs around it for each of the ministers.

Only 109,000 of these rare 50p coins were minted, which is far less than the Kew Gardens coin that has 210,000.

And with this coin, it’s a lot harder to find than most making it very rare.



The EC 50p coin was released between 1992 and 1993

The EC 50p was stamped on an older design of the 50p coin that was taken out of circulation in 1997.

Experts say it isn’t impossible to find one lurking in your wallet or even at the bottom of your piggy bank.

Coin collectors at Change Checker say the EC 50p could be worth up to £60 if you find one and sell it online.

Although there’s less of them around, they’re still worth far less than its Kew Gardens counterpart.



50p coins
The 50p coin is thought to be rarer than the Kew Gardens coin

The Kew Gardens 50p coin is considered as one of the most popular coins out there.

Previously, we saw one sell for around £161 on eBay which is 300 times its face value.

Around 210,000 were minted and released into circulation making the design very rare back in 2009.

And a copy of the coin was sold onto collectors after racking up a total of 34 bids over the weekend online.



A stack of fifty pence coins on a white background.
You could have one of them lying around in your change

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It first entered circulation in 2009 through post offices and banks across the UK.

The 50p is thought to be rare as there are only a few thousands, compared to a standard minting of around 5 million.

According to the Royal Mint, around one in every 300 households in the UK could own a Kew Gardens 50p.

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