The 50p Collector's Series - The London 2012 Sports Collection
Incredibly popular with collectors, The London 2012 Sports Collection is the Goldilocks of 50p collections. Not too small as to be easily completed, nor too large to take on, 'The Olympics Collection' (as it is more commonly known) is a great way to start collecting. This set of 50p coins is also unique as it is the only 50p collection that was designed entirely by competition winners. In the run up to the London 2012 Olympics, it was decided that 29 Olympic and Paralympic sports would be celebrated. Each of these sports would have their own 50p piece. In 2009, The Royal Mint held a competition where anyone could enter a design for their favourite sport. The prize was £1000 and, of course, the honour of having your design carried around in the pockets of thousands of people across the UK. The toughest of the designs to find is the football 50p but even now you have the chance to find it in your change. So, keep your eyes peeled!
How Does It Work?
For this collection, we have compiled two tables. They both cover all 29 designs that were comissioned to celebrate the London 2012 Olympics. We have arranged them in order of rarity using their mintage number. The first table shows the mintages of circulated coins. These are the coins you might find in your change. The second table shows the mintages of BU coins. The BU coins are very collectable in themselves as they were presented on colourful authentication cards. They are understandably tougher to find as they will need to be swapped or bought but can be very satisfying to collect. Notably, all of these coins were actually released in 2011 in preparation for the games and so bear the date 2011 instead of 2012.
Beginning with the rarest, this series will explore each coin in The Olympics Collection. We will discuss the coins themselves, the history behind their design and their mintage information. Just click on the coin you would like to learn more about in the table below.
The Olympic 50 Pence Collection
Here are all editions to the Olympic 50 Pence Collection. Follow the links to find out more about the particular entry.
Collectable 50 Pence
|2011||Modern Pentathlon 50p||1,689,500|
|2011||Table Tennis 50p||1,737,500|
|2011||Wheelchair Rugby 50p||1,765,500|
|Date||Brilliant Uncirculated Coins||Mintage|
|2011||Goalball 50p BU on Card||114,334|
|2011||Canoeing 50p BU on Card||116,114|
|2011||Handball 50p BU on Card||117,566|
|2011||Taekwondo 50p BU on Card||120,210|
|2011||Wheelchair Rugby 50p BU on Card||121,175|
|2011||Weightlifting 50p BU on Card||121,778|
|2011||Table Tennis 50p BU on Card||123,195|
|2011||Modern Pentathlon 50p BU on Card||123,357|
|2011||Volleyball 50p BU on Card||124,115|
|2011||Badminton 50p BU on Card||124,237|
|2011||Shooting 50p BU on Card||125,398|
|2011||Boccia 50p BU on Card||126,662|
|2011||Wrestling 50p BU on Card||127,279|
|2011||Judo 50p BU on Card||128,442|
|2011||Hockey 50p BU on Card||130,813|
|2011||Fencing 50p BU on Card||130,815|
|2011||Basketball 50p BU on Card||137,157|
|2011||Sailing 50p BU on Card||138,535|
|2011||Archery 50p BU on Card||140,195|
|2011||Rowing 50p BU on Card||140,977|
|2011||Boxing 50p BU on Card||142,151|
|2011||Tennis 50p BU on Card||144,535|
|2011||Equestrian 50p BU on Card||145,122|
|2011||Gymnastics 50p BU on Card||145,895|
|2011||Triathlon 50p BU on Card||146,354|
|2011||Cycling 50p BU on Card||156,872|
|2011||Aquatics 50p BU on Card||157,990|
|2011||Athletics 50p BU on Card||168,498|
|2011||Football 50p BU on Card||188,262|
Other Limited Edition Varieties
As well as the colourful BU collectors packs (seen in the picture on the left), there are silver proof and gold Piedfort versions of these coins. We have explored the mintages and quirks of these coins here.
Always More To Collect...
If you've completed the Olympics set or feel ready to start a more comprehensive collection, why not explore our list of the 50p coins currently in circulation?
Or you could try one of our other small collections like The Beatrix Potter Collection or The Dinosauria Collection. These collections are made up of fewer coins and so, although still a competitive market, these can be easier to complete for beginners. See our Collections Page for more options.
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