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Investing in Decimal Coins? 25 coins worth over £2500 today.

As we begin 2021, the fiftieth year of decimal coins, we have selected 25 coins released in the last 15 years that would have cost £184.12 when issued. Today, these coins would make up a very impressive collection worth £2,729.

Collecting coins is a hobby, NOT an investment. Here at Coin Hunter we suggest you buy the coins you like for your collection - and forget thoughts of it being an investment or an inheritance nest egg for the kids, as many of the coins issued today by The Royal Mint lose value over time.

That said, there are always a few coin releases that we all now wish we had bought as many as possible on release. (or in the case of circulation coins, checked our change and kept the coins shown here).

An items value is determined by rarity and desirability. We now know that the Blue Peter 50p - Winner's Edition is rare, under 20,000 coins produced. At just £1.99 to buy, this coin has returned over 12000% profit at today's value.

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Mintage figures shown on this page are courtesy of The Royal Mint and Gold Award recipient: Change Range.

At the races, we can get lucky and pick a winner. Perhaps luck is not a key factor if we could select coins as a stock broker selects shares to buy. Whilst rarity may be unknown on release, we can assess desirability - if you like a coin and it captures your imagination, perhaps it does the same for others.

Rarity is also not a complete unknown in many cases: The Decimal Day 50p featuring the 2nd portrait by Arnold Machin is not entering circuation and will not be released as a standard individual coin pack or card.

£28
Slave Trade
Slave Trade
2007 BU £7.45 was the price of the individual coin pack. Mintage figure includes sets that cointain this coin.
Mintage: 100,566
The original design used in packs and sets was slightly different to the coin that was released into circulation. The Brilliant Uncirculated coin includes the designers iniitials DG (David Gentleman) and a smooth finish on the silver coloured part of the coin.
£45
Undated Shield
Undated Shield
2008 circulation £0.20
Mintage: unknown
In November 2008 a number of 20p coins (less than 250,000) were struck with a new tails and old heads die. An undated mule coin was the result of this error, as neither die included the 2008 date. Mule: A coin resulting from the use of mismatched dies.
£55
Royal Shield
Royal Shield
2009 BU only available in sets (on release)
Mintage: 108,816
In 2009, the definitive Royal Shield 50p was not struck for circulation. As a result, only the Brilliant Uncirculated version produced for coin sets is available to "date run" coin collectors.
£150
Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens
2009 circulation £0.50
Mintage: 210,000
£265
Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens
2009 BU £6.99 was the price of the individual coin pack. Mintage figure includes sets that cointain this coin.
Mintage: 211,016
£250
Image credit: Change Range
Olympic Sports - Athletics
Olympic Sports - Athletics
2009 BU £1.99
Mintage: 19,722
Florence Jackson's coin design was the winning entry in a Blue Peter competition. This Brilliant Uncirculated 2009 dated version of the coin was issued in a Blue Peter card 2 years before the 2011 dated full set of 29 Olympic sports circulation coins.
£45
Royal Shield
Royal Shield
2010 BU only available in sets (on release)
Mintage: 69,167
In 2010, the definitive Royal Shield 50p was not struck for circulation.
£50
Royal Shield
Royal Shield
2011 BU only available in sets (on release)
Mintage: 57,467
In 2011, the definitive Royal Shield 50p was not struck for circulation.
£995
Olympic Sports - Aquatics
Olympic Sports - Aquatics
2011 BU £2.99
Mintage: unknown
The first issue coin design (with water lines over the swimmers face) was only produced for a short period of time at the beginning of a run of 157,990 Olympic Sports Aquatics 50p Packs.
£13
Olympic Sports - Football
Olympic Sports - Football
2011 circulation £0.50
Mintage: 1,125,500
The lowest circulating mintage of the 29 Olympic sports 50p coins in the 2011 dated set.
£7.50
Olympic Sports - Wrestling
Olympic Sports - Wrestling
2011 circulation £0.50
Mintage: 1,129,500
The second lowest circulating mintage of the 29 Olympic sports 50p coins in the 2011 dated set.
£9.00
Olympic Sports - Judo
Olympic Sports - Judo
2011 circulation £0.50
Mintage: 1,161,500
The third lowest circulating mintage of the 29 Olympic sports 50p coins in the 2011 dated set.
£11
Olympic Sports - Triathlon
Olympic Sports - Triathlon
2011 circulation £0.50
Mintage: 1,163,500
The fourth lowest circulating mintage of the 29 Olympic sports 50p coins in the 2011 dated set.
Image credit: Change Range
First World War Centenary
First World War Centenary
2014 circulation £2.00
Mintage: unknown
Mule: A coin resulting from the use of mismatched dies. The use of the Technology £2 heads die on this design means that the mule created does not show a denomination of TWO POUNDS. Valuation is not currently available as this error is a new find with no / limited sales data.
£20
Battle of Britain
Battle of Britain
2015 BU £8.00 was the price of the individual coin pack. Mintage figure includes sets that cointain this coin.
Mintage: 56,301
BU versions were struck showing the 4th Portrait of the Queen on the heads side - but did not show the demomination 50p or 50 PENCE anywhere on the coin. Later in the year, the circulating version was struck using the new 5th Portrait and 50 PENCE on the heads side.
£75
Royal Shield
Royal Shield
2016 BU only available in sets (on release)
Mintage: 37,689
In 2016, the definitive Royal Shield 50p was not struck for circulation.
£40
Image credit: Change Range
Shakespeare Tragedies
Shakespeare Tragedies
2016 circulation £2.00
Mintage: unknown
Edge inscription shows FOR KING AND COUNTRY from the First World War Centenary Army £2 coin. (Should show: WHAT A PIECE OF WORK IS A MAN)
£33
Royal Shield
Royal Shield
2018 BU only available in sets (on release)
Mintage: unknown
In 2018, the definitive Royal Shield 50p was not struck for circulation.
£33
Sir Isaac Newton
Sir Isaac Newton
2018 BU £12.00 estimate based on SYO coin cost and tickets to The Royal Mint Experience.
Mintage: 20,826
This 50p design first seen in 2017 (circulation and BU) was only available as a Strike Your Own (SYO) 2018 dated coin from The Royal Mint Experience.
£5.00
Peter Rabbit
Peter Rabbit
2018 circulation £0.50
Mintage: 1,400,000
£4.50
Flopsy Bunny
Flopsy Bunny
2018 circulation £0.50
Mintage: 1,400,000
£37
Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens
2019 BU £4.50 only available in sets (on release) for £22.50 / £45 - £4.50 per coin in £22.50 set
Mintage: unknown
£13
Royal Shield
Royal Shield
2020 BU only available in sets (on release)
Mintage: unknown
We have not yet seen a 2020 definitive Royal Shield 50p in circulation.
£32
Team GB
Team GB
2020 BU £8.00 only available in sets (on release) for £40 / £55 - £8 per coin in £40 set
Mintage: unknown
The 2020 dated coin was included in sets before the 2020 Olympic Games were postponed. The intended individual release of this design as packaged BU (and perhaps into circulation) did not happen, leading to additional demand for sets containing this coin.
£13
Decimal Day
Decimal Day
2021 BU £8.00 only available in sets (on release) for £40 / £55 - £8 per coin in £40 set
Mintage: unknown
The obverse (heads side) features a portrait of the Queen that was used on coins 50 years ago. The 2nd portrait by Arnold Machin will only be available as part of sets and perhaps as a Strike Your Own (SYO) dependant on The Royal Mint Experience opening schedule.

Thank you for taking the time to read this article, I hope you found it interesting and useful.

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