THE rare Diversity Built Britain 50p coin is one avid collectors are keen to get their hands on.The coin was only issued last year, so it’s a relatively new to the scene of desirable 50ps, but it already has a unique history of its own.
1The 50p coin features the words ‘Diversity Built Britain’ on the obverseCredit: CHANGE CHECKER
It’s the first in a series issued to celebrate diversity in Britain.
The coin was designed by Dominque Evans and features the words “Diversity Built Britain” as well as imagery of connected triangles that are supposed to symbolise the connections between communities across the country.
The Diversity Built Britain coin was released during Black History month in 2020, following a campaign by Banknotes of Colour.
It’s because prior to this, no one from the BAME community had been featured on any coins in circulation.
So while the coin still doesn’t feature any figure in particular, it is a great nod to the community, and more in the series are due to follow too, so there’s even opportunity for collectors to complete a whole set too.
But if you happen to find a copy of the rare coin in your own change for now, here we explain how much it could be worth, as well as how many are actually around.
How rare is the Diversity Built Britain 50p?
There are approximately 10,300,000 of the Diversity Built Britain coins in circulation.
Compared to other coin fan favourites, it’s not that rare though.
In fact, it comes in at 59th place in Change Checker’s latest scarcity index.
Change Checker says that the mintage figure is quite high for a commemorative coin, so it’s good news for collectors as they stand a good chance of finding one in their change.
But as they aren’t as rare or in demand you might not be able to sell them on for much profit, so sellers might miss out instead.
The coin beats other new entries to the coin circuit too though, in that same scarcity index.
It’s a few spots ahead of entries from the Paddington bear collection, as well as being rarer than the 2016 Team GB 50p and the UK Withdrawal from European Union 50p, to name a few.
How much is the Diversity Built Britain 50p worth?
Captioned “very rare”, one copy of the Diversity Built Britain 50p has sold for £350 on eBay, but this was to a lone bidder back in October.
Though another copy that The Sun found had sold for a more realistic £12.50 on eBay, with 14 bids placed in contrast, proving to be a more popular value for the coin.
At the same time, Change Checker values a standard, but certified BU copy of the coin at £4.50.
Usually commemorative coins can fetch a fair amount on auction sites like eBay, so it’s not uncommon for sellers to make a good profit from something as low value as a 50p at face value.
But because the coin is relatively new, there aren’t all too many listings on eBay currently.
The Royal Mint reveals that one silver proof piedfort version of the coin, of which only 2,500 were minted, is worth as much as £102.50 too.
It’s not the only limited edition design kicking around either, as similarly a gold proof piedfort version that’s even rarer with only 200 minted, is worth £2,130 according to The Royal Mint too.
These are very unlikely to pop up in your change though, as they are uncirculated coins designed purposefully to be collector’s items – but they are ones to look out for if you have to money to spare and want to complete your collection.
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