Kew Gardens 50p
Released in 2009 to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens, the Kew Gardens 50p is one of the rarest coins currently in circulation and one of the most collectable. With a mintage of just 210,000 coins released, the celebratory coins are highly sought-after and tend to sell for over their face value. The coin's design was created by Christopher Le Brun RA and depicts Kew Gardens' spectacular pagoda encircled by decorative trailing vines. It includes the dates 1759 and 2009 around the edges of the design to illustrate the 250th-anniversary milestone.
If you would like to add these stunning Kew Gardens coins to your collection, you will need to decide the coin condition and quality you are in search of. You'll find a wide range to choose from, all commanding different prices. For top quality collectibles, go for uncirculated proof coins. These are the highest standard of coin the Royal Mint produces. They are struck at least twice to create a well-defined finish and are carefully hand-aligned between each die. The next level down is the Brilliant Uncirculated or BU coin. Produced to a finer standard than circulated and Bullion coins, they are a great mid-point choice for collectors.
Uncirculated coins have not been used out in the world as legal tender. That means they should have escaped the scuffs, nicks and bashes that can cause imperfections in a coin. Circulated coins may still be in good condition, but you should check carefully and expect a less than perfect finish.
Certificates of authentication are essential for most serious collectors, while presentation cases can add an attractive edge that is ideal for collectors who like to display their coins or anybody looking for a coin as a gift. You will also find some lovely sets that include the Kew Gardens commemorative stamps launched in the same year.