Rarest Kew Gardens 50p could sell for £250 – how to spot one in your spare change

A RARE 50p has sold for hundreds of pounds and you could have one hidden in your change.

The Kew Gardens 50p can sell online for 500 times its actual value – here's how to check if there's one in your wallet.

According to Change Checker's latest scarcity index the 2009 Kew Gardens 50p is the rarest coin, with only 210,000 in existence.

On its reverse side is an image of the Chinese pagoda that stands in the London attraction the coin is named after.

In February, a circulated version of the coin sold for £253 on eBay, with 30 bids placed.

The coin has fetched prices including £190 and £177 before too, so £250 is an impressive final sale price.



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Other Kew Gardens 50ps have sold for more – like this one for £580 – but they are usually uncirculated, meaning you won't stumble across one in your change.

How to spot one and make a mint

It's worth looking through your cash to find unique designs – if you spot one you could make a lot of money from it on eBay.

The Kew Gardens 50p, like other commemorative style coins, will sometimes sell for hundreds of pounds.

It was issued in 2009, so check your coin for the correct date.

The Kew Gardens 50p has a Chinese Pagoda on one side and the Queen's face on the other.

It's not the only rare coin that could sell for hundreds, and minting errors raise interest too.

Rare coins are produced in low numbers so demand from collectors is high.

If you look at other listings on eBay you'll be able to determine how much your own change could go for.

But you should also always keep in mind that on eBay a buyer could pull out, which means the coin won't have sold for the price it says it has.

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Be cautious of fakes too, as they'll often show up online.

You can check your change with experts like Coin Hunter or The Royal Mint if you want to know how much it could be worth.

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