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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 index in every issue of Coin Collector

It’s all change as we see some new entrants to our 50p and 10p indexes. Following the confirmati­on of the 2019 mintages, we’ve updated our 50p and 10p index to include the Sherlock Holmes, Paddington at the Tower of London, and Paddington at St. Paul’s 50p coins, and we’ve updated the mintages for the A-Z 10p coins.

Whilst the figures were only recently released and we’ll most likely see the effect this has on the Index in the next quarter, there’s been a lot movement across the board in this update.

A-Z 10p Scarcity Index

There’s been another big mix up in our latest A-Z 10p Scarcity Index, with our biggest climber, Q for Queue, jumping the queue and going up a huge thirteen places! The Yeoman Warder 10p has also knocked the Tea 10p off the top spot where it was sitting comfortabl­y for the previous two quarters!

We’ve seen the Robin 10p climb four spaces – no doubt due to that incredibly low 2019 mintage of just 64,000. This takes the combined 2018 and 2019 mintages for this coin to 284,000. In fact, all of the lower mintage A-Z 10ps have shot to the top of the index. The Y, Z, and W 10ps all have a 2019 mintage of just 63,000 and now all sit in the top four!

Regardless of where they feature in the above index, if you have any of the A-Z

10ps in your collection you should consider yourself very lucky. A maximum of only 304,000 of each design entered circulatio­n!

50p Scarcity Index

The top of our Scarcity Index remains consistent with our last update with the

Judo 50p sitting just below the Kew

Gardens 50p. However, there’s been a lot of shuffling in the middle and lower third of the index, with the Pentathlon 50p climbing ten spots and the Taekwondo 50p dropping ten! Last index the Taekwondo 50p climbed eleven so it’s interestin­g to see it fall back down this quarter.

Now that we have the mintages for the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock) 50p and the 2019 Paddington coins, we’ve seen these enter the index relatively low. Whilst both coins are relatively common (8,602,000 Sherlock Holmes 50ps entered circulatio­n and 9,001,000 of each 2019 Paddington coins entered circulatio­n) we’re excited to see how the confirmati­on of their mintages effects their place on our next Scarcity Index update…

£2 Scarcity Index

Once again we’ve seen a reshufflin­g of the Commonweal­th Games coins at the top of the Index, with the Commonweal­th Games Wales £2 climbing back into the top four.

There’s been a fair bit of shuffling around in the rest of the index, with the Florence Nightingal­e £2 climbing eight places this quarter! The Act of Union £2 has also dropped six places in this update. These are definitely the coins to watch over the next few quarters.

There’s no doubt that the Treasury’s announceme­nt of having no plans to issue any £2 coins into circulatio­n for the next ten years has caused a bit of shuffling in this index and we’ll no doubt see this effect trickle into the next few updates.

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