It’s among the most valuable coins circulating in the UK and could be sitting in your change
One of the rarest 50p coins in the UK has sold on eBay for £175 – and there are still 210,000 of them in circulation in the UK.
Kew Gardens 50p features the famous Chinese pagoda from London’s park, intertwined by a green vine.
The most valuable version of the 50p was released in 2009 to mark the 250th anniversary since Kew Gardens opened in 1759.
It is its small mintage that makes the 2009 Kew Gardens coin so valuable to collectors – and it often tops lists of the rarest 50p pieces.
How much are the coins sold?
One of the coins recently sold on eBay for £175, reports Lincolnshire Live.
That’s 350 times more than its face value.
Around 50 bids were placed on the coin before it was eventually sold.
It’s always worth checking your change for some of the rarest coins circulating across the UK.
However, finding a 50p coin from Kew Gardens doesn’t necessarily mean you’re about to make a fortune.
A recirculated version of the iconic coin was minted in 2019, meaning it is significantly less valuable to collectors.
The 2019 version normally costs between £70 and £80.
The 2009 Kew Gardens 50p piece typically costs between £150.89 and £161.50, according to Coin Hunt.
Meanwhile, The Mirror has spotted the 50p price up to £215 on eBay.
How to weed out the counterfeit coins and spot the valuable ones
If you are thinking about buying a rare coin on eBay, you should always be wary of the counterfeit versions.
Change Checker has outlined the warning signs to look out for.
The first is a very frosted design or high relief sometimes found on counterfeit coins.
With the Kew Gardens 50p, you’ll also want to look for a sharp “pointy” roof on the top of the pagoda.
There should also be no lines either side of the word “Kew” at the bottom of the coin.
These lines may indicate a counterfeit coin, but they are also visible on the Proof and Brilliant Uncirculated versions.
On the reverse of the coin, the queen’s neck should point to the “P” in the word “pence”.
Change expert websites and Facebook groups like Coin Hunter can help you figure out if a coin is right or not.
The Fake Pound Coin Database has listed several examples to show you what to look out for.
You can also have coins verified by the Royal Mint.
https://www.nationalworld.com/lifestyle/money/rare-50p-coins-uk-kew-gardens-selling-ebay-valuable-coin-3698619 Rare 50p coins: The 50p coin sells for £175 on eBay