250th anniversary of the foundation of the Royal Botanic Gardens 50p



Issued 2009
Diameter 27.30mm
Weight 8g
Composition 75% copper, 25% nickel (referred to as cupro-nickel)
Obverse Ian Rank-Broadley
Reverse Christopher Le Brun
Edge Plain
Inscription 1759 2009 the word Kew at the base.
Mintage 210,000
B.U pack C
6.99 L
2009 I
Sold 11,281 K

Design details:

The Kew Gardens 50p hit the headlines in February 2014 when it was revealed as the most scarce 50p in circulation. At the peak of the hype surrounding its value, some coins were exchanging hands for hundreds of pounds! The Royal Botanic Gardens in Kew are a UNESCO World Heritage Site which boast 4.5 acres of gardens under glass as well as a soaring treetop walkway. One of the garden buildings is a Chinese Pagoda built in 1761 which features on the design of this scarce commemorative 50p, i remember getting these regular in my change and spending them because i had one. I spoke to Christopher March 2018 about his design and process the full interview can be found on the 'check your change' facebook group.