Significant Updates Since the last Book

By on 5th July 2017

Bought the book this year and need a little update on the current scene?

The ‘Check Your Change’ printed book was published in March 2017. Here it is on Amazon.

Things can move pretty fast in the realm of decimal coin collecting! New coins are announced, are issued and then appear in circulation, mintage figures are revealed and there are always fluctuations to the prices that people pay, dictated by supply and demand, but also (usually inaccurate) media stories.

To use in conjunction with the current printed book, here is a summary of the significant changes and indications of value movements since March 2017. Let me know if you have other suggested updates. All of the updates on this page, including accurate values (and a lot more) will of course be included in the next printed book.

One Penny:

The sale of a 180 degree inverted effigy 2008 penny for £3,000 is noted! The sale was genuine and is confirmed, but that does seem a very high price indeed, even though it is the only one ever seen so far.

Ten Pence:

Another 2009 mule 10p with the previous (crowned lion) reverse has been brought to my attention. That means 2 or 3 are known (page 23). Interestingly the coin was in a 2008 baby year set. All the other coins were correctly dated 2008 – obviously someone selected the 2009 dated obverse die for the 10p in error.

Fifty Pence:

Values have increased for the 2008 Britannia reverse coin (page 35) which has a fairly high mintage of 3,500,000 but is difficult enough to find in change to lead people to pay a little more for them.

Values have increased for the 2009, 2010 and 2010 standard shield reverse 50p coins (page 35). These 3 coins were issued in sets only and it seems that increased demand and the fact they cannot (usually) be found in circulation has driven the values up.

Values have increased slightly for the 2009 Blue Peter High Jumper coin (Commemorative Type 14 on page 41).

The 2015 standard shield reverse 50p (page 35) mintage figure was finally revealed – 39,500,000 were struck.

Values have increased significantly for the 2016 standard shield reverse coin (page 35), after it was revealed that this coin was made available in sets only and that none were circulated.

Values have increased for the 2016 Beatrix Potter (Commemorative Type 51 on page 54) silver proof and piedfort silver proof boxed coins.

Values have increased for the 2016 Peter Rabbit (Commemorative Type 52 on page 54) black boxed silver proof coins, which was originally available from Beatrix Potter shops only. All values for the silver proof versions of the Peter Rabbit coin remain buoyant.

Values have increased significantly (potentially a temporary hype bubble that will burst) for the Jemima Puddle-Duck (Commemorative Type 53 on page 55) standard version and increased slightly for the silver proof version.

Two new Beatrix Potter themed coins are currently available to purchase from the Royal Mint (a new Peter Rabbit coin and one for Jeremy Fisher).

The 2017 Sir Isaac Newton coin (Commemorative Type 57 on page 56) has now been seen in general circulation, mainly in Wales and the South West. Over the telephone the Royal Mint stated a mintage figure of 1,810,000 for this coin. This figure is not confirmed though and will be revised as necessary.

The 2017 standard shield reverse 50p has appeared in circulation.

The Pound Coin:

Values for the 1998 and 1999 £1 coins have increased (page 62). Both these coins were originally made available in sets only and there is currently more demand from people that are trying to complete sets of round £1 coins before they disappear from use.

The 2013 Welsh Floral symbols coin (page 66) has been seen a few times with a die rotation of approximately 90 to 120 degrees.

Values have increased for the 2015 shield reverse £1 coin and have significantly increased for the 2016 shield reverse coin (due to large demand to complete £1 coin sets and to both of these coins being available in sets only).

Some normal round £1 coins that wouldn’t normally be worth more than face value (especially those with the lowest mintages, e.g. the 1988 shield and the 2008 Royal Arms coins) may currently sell for more than face value, due to people trying to complete sets of them before they are withdrawn later this year.

The new 12-sided £1 coins dated 2015 (the trial type), 2016 and 2017 have quite a large number of varieties and known errors! These are detailed in full on this post: The Six New £1 Coin Varieties.

Two Pound Coin:

Values of the 1989 Claim of Right standard coin (Commemorative Type 3 on page 73) have increased for coins in uncirculated condition.

Values of the 1994 dated Holden Hind trial £2 (page 77) have increased.

Values of the 1995 Dove, 1995 UN and 1996 Football standard coin (Commemorative Types 5 to 7 on page 74) have increased for coins in uncirculated condition.

The 1995 United Nations coin (Commemorative Type 6 on page 74) doesn’t exist as a base metal proof coin, despite it having a value stated in the text! This is due to the fact that the 1995 annual base metal proof sets only included the 1995 Dove of Peace £2 coin.

The 2015 Royal Navy coin (Commemorative Type 33b on page 89) is known to have suffered a die break at the top of the ship’s mast. The break can been seen in various stages and at it’s most extreme (probably before the broken die was finally noticed and rejected) it looks very much like a cat or a flag at the top of the mast.

The 2016 £2 coin mintage figures were officially released and are:

Standard Britannia Coin: 2,925,000
WWI Pals Battalion: 9,550,000
Fire of London: 5,135,000
Shakespeare Comedy (Jester’s hat): 4,355,000
Shakespeare History (Crown and dagger): 4,615,000
Shakespeare Tragedy (Skull and rose): 5,695,000

Five Pound (Crowns):

Values have increased slightly for most post 2008 standard crowns.

A 2017 £5 to mark the Sapphire Jubilee of the Queen has been announced and is currently being offered for sale in various guises.


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The Check Your Change admin is Mr C H Perkins, publisher of numismatic publications in printed and eBook format. Author of "Collectors' Coins - Decimal Issues of the UK" and other books on British coins and related subjects.


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