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Rarest 50p last year “hiding in plain sight” - how to spot it

Mirror logo Mirror 14/11/2018 James Andrews
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Last year was a busy one for the Royal Mint.

Along with almost 750 million new pound coins produced, commemorative 50ps came out celebrating 4 different Beatrix Potter characters and physicist extrodinare (and one-time Warden of the Royal Mint) Isaac Newton.

But the rarest coin struck in 2017 was none of these. It was a humble coat of arms 50p instead.

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Yes, crowded out by the celebrations of arts and science, the Mint managed to strike just 1.8million Royal Shield of Arms 50ps – less than a tenth the number of Peter Rabbit coins produced.

a close up of a watch: The design might be familiar, but the date makes it special © ECH The design might be familiar, but the date makes it special

2017 mintage figures show that it was, in fact, rarer even than the super-popular Isaac Newton coin.

a close up of a box © Credits: PA They're currently only selling for a few pounds online, but given the far less rate Tom Kitten coins are selling for, it could soar in value in years to come.

And the better news is that no one's looking for them, meaning they'll only get rarer as they get spent, sent back and dropped into piggy banks rather than put up for collectors.

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Checkyourchange ranks them first in terms of collectable 50ps released in 2017, adding there is “increased interest" in the design.

But be careful, because while the 2017 version is rare, many others aren't.

The design - by Matt Dent - was first issued in 2008, as part of his Royal Shield series.

Gallery: Cents that were sold for millions, and other rare coins (Love Money)

The idea was to find the full set of coins from 1p to 50p to replicate the design seen on the matching £1 coin.

Since then they've been produced every year since - just generally in far higher numbers than last year.

That means if you find one in your change – be sure to check the date, and if it's 2017 keep hold of it.

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