If you’ve got some pocket change, make sure you have a good look at your 50ps before spending them as they could be worth a small fortune.

The most valuable 50p coin to date is the ‘error coin’ from the 2012 Olympic Games, which recently sold for a whopping £590 on auction site eBay. This particular coin was originally designed in 2011 to celebrate the aquatics competition.

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However, it was redesigned to show more of the swimmers face, but a small number of coins featured the old design and entered circulation. It’s not known how many are out there, hence the massive value of the coin for collectors.

If you think you might have any valuable coins, experts at Changechecker.org have a tracker which lets users know which circulating 50p coins are the rarest and most collectable, so it’s definitely worth checking out. You might be lucky!

The current top spot is the Kew Gardens 50p piece, which has an estimated circulation total of just 210,000. It’s also in the most demand, and has been sold for up to £210 on auction sites.

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A coin that was released last year depicting Sir Isaac Newton was released into circulation last year, with £120 being the highest bid for that one so far.

More 2012 Olympic Games coins are also in high demand with a football 50p selling for up to £18.95, and a triathlon design selling for up to £16.

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If you have a wrestling or judo design, they’ll fetch up to £11 and £13.50 respectively, so you’d still make a decent profit if you happen to find one in your change.

If you’ve got an adorable Jemima Puddle Duck 50p, that has recently sold for £26, with many collectors wanting to get their hands on the special Beatrix Potter design.

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For those interested in selling a 50p coin, you should get it verified by The Royal Mint as there’s a lot of counterfeit ones out there. Apparently, around one in every four old £1 coins were thought to be fake, so it’s worth getting checked out.

Good luck!

From our sister site GoodtoKnow.