10p, 50p AND £2 SCARCITY INDEX
The latest Change Checker Scarcity Index showing the most scarce modern coins
Each quarter Change Checker publishes a ‘Scarcity Index’ tracking which circulating 10p, 50p and £2 coins are most scarce and collectable. We’re proud to work with Change Checker and publish the unique index in every issue of Coin Collector, revealing the mintage, collecting and swap data to give an up-to-date picture of the scarcity of modern coins
It’s all change for the 50ps this quarter, as one coin drops a huge fifteen places! With less cash being used because of the current climate, it’s likely this is affecting collecting and it seems this has exposed some new trends on the indexes!
You can use the updated A-Z 10p, 50p and £2 indexes below to discover how sought-after the coins in your collection really are. This information has been compiled using data from the Change Checker Swap Centre and presented in the easy to use indexes below, with arrows to signify how many places up or down a coin has moved since the last Scarcity Index.
A-Z 10p Scarcity Index
We’ve seen another big mix up for the latest A-Z 10p Scarcity Index update, with our biggest climber, M for Mackintosh, jumping up a huge twelve places!
In our last Scarcity Index, we saw the Tea 10p take the top spot for the first time and it’s retained its title this quarter, closely followed by Y for Yeoman Warder. Other big movers include the H for Houses of Parliament and F for Fish and Chips, both moving down sixteen places towards the bottom of the index.
Regardless of where they feature on the above index, if you have any of the A-Z 10ps in your collection you should consider yourself lucky, as they are particularly hard to come by in circulation and each design has a relatively low mintage (just 220,000 of each design released in 2018 and 2.1 million overall in 2019).
50p Scarcity Index
Previously the Football 50p had held second spot behind the most sought-after 50p in circulation, the Kew Gardens, but we saw it drop last quarter, and this Index, it’s a similar story! The Judo, Triathlon and Wrestling 50ps have now all bumped the Football 50p to fifth spot.
This update sees a huge jump for Taekwondo, jumping up eleven places and landing it in our top ten. There are big changes for the Wheelchair Rugby and Athletics 50ps too, dropping fifteen and eleven, respectively.
Since our last Scarcity Index
update, we’ve seen the 2018 Peter Rabbit 50p drop three places but the 2018 Flopsy Bunny 50p has jumped up two spots. As the two rarest Beatrix Potter 50ps in circulation, it’s interesting to see them shuffle once more. These coins are definitely the ones to watch.
£2 Scarcity Index
For the first time in recent updates, the Commonwealth Games coins have been disrupted at the top of the index. The Olympic Handover has bumped the Commonwealth Games Wales £2 out of the top four, moving up a place.
As for the rest of the index, there’s been a substantial amount of reshuffling. The Shakespeare Tragedies has dropped eleven places, whilst the First World War (Navy) is up three!
After the announcement that there are no plans to issue any £2 coins into circulation for the next ten years, it’s likely we’ll see a further shuffle to the £2 Index over the next few quarters.