You can find the coins in your change…
Typically, the only Olympic coins you’ll possibly find in common circulation are the 2011 Olympic 50p coins and the Olympic Handover Ceremony 2-pound coins. The higher denomination coins were produced to be souvenirs and not released into circulation. These special coins usually come in a presentation box and certificate of authenticity.
Even though the Olympic 50p coins and the Handover 2-pound coins were released into circulation, this does not mean that they’re easy to find. It’s been estimated that about 75% of total mintage of the entire Olympics 50p coin series has been collected and removed from circulation. The mintages of each coin vary from 1,125,500 for the Football 50p coin to 3,345,500 for the Archery 50p coin. (A complete list of the Olympics 50p coins with their mintages is in a later section.)
Are the Olympic 50p coins valuable or a good investment?
It depends on who you’re talking to and what you have in your hand. If you have a common circulation Archery 50p then, because of its larger mintage and its condition, you might be able to get around £2.00 for it. However, if you have a Brilliant Uncirculated version of the Archery 50p, you could get £5.75. In the same vein, for a Football 50p, you can get £16.47 for a circulation coin and £37.00 for a BU version.
If you’re looking collecting Olympic coins as a good investment, keep in mind it’s difficult to predict what it will fetch in the future. As we’ve said in our Beatrix Potter Guide, you won’t know the price of a modern commemorative coin for decades, not years. If you want a ‘guarantee’ on investment, collect the Silver Brilliant Uncirculated Proof Olympic 50p coins (and if you can somehow get a Gold Proof version, even better). That way you’ll get the bullion value or the value of the precious metal at the market’s current price.