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UK 50 Pence Commemorative Hunting

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 Posted 08/25/2022  3:01 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Merv4468 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Since starting this thread I have done 16 reports, the first few were weekly and then I changed to monthly due to the amount of coins that the banks would let me have. It seems that more people are getting into "Noodling" as 1 of my banks keeps running out of 50p's.
I had a few weeks when I didn't get any coins due to staying safe & away from possible covid contacts so this thread has about a years worth of collecting.Not a bad selection.

Below is listed the total for my first year.

ALL since 8th. August 2021 (start) : Reports 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,11,12,13,14,15,16.

FROM 6300

1998 European Union (3)
1998 NHS (3)
2000 Public Libraries (28)
2003 Suffragette Movement (2)
2004 Sub Four Minute Mile (13)
2005 Johnson's Dictionary (42)
2006 Victoria Cross - Medal (17)
2006 Victoria Cross - Soldier (22)
2007 Boy Scouts (11)
2010 Girl Guides (15)
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Aquatics (6)
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Archery (2)
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Badminton
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Boccia (3)
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Boxing (3)
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Canoeing
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Cycling
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Fencing
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Football
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Handball (2)
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Sailing
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Table Tennis
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Taekwondo
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Tennis
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Volleyball (2)
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Wrestling (2)
2011 World Wildlife Fund
2013 Benjamin Britten (3)
2013 Christopher Ironside (17)
2014 Commonwealth Games - Glasgow (13)
2015 Battle of Britain (6)
2016 Battle of Hastings (9)
2016 Beatrix Potter - Birth Anniversary (8)
2016 Beatrix Potter - Jemima Puddle-Duck (2) (1 worn & dirty)
2016 Beatrix Potter - Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (13)
2016 Beatrix Potter - Peter Rabbit (7)
2016 Beatrix Potter - Squirrel Nutkin (4)
2016 Team GB Olympics (7)
2017 Beatrix Potter - Benjamin Bunny (56)
2017 Beatrix Potter - Mr. Jeremy Fisher (14)
2017 Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Peter Rabbit (33)
2017 Beatrix Potter - Tom Kitten (9)
2017 Isaac Newton
2018 Beatrix Potter - Flopsy Bunny
2018 Beatrix Potter - Mrs. Tittlemouse (6)
2018 Beatrix Potter - The Tailor of Gloucester (3)
2018 Beatrix Potter - Peter Rabbit (2)
2018 Paddington Bear - Buckingham Palace (12)
2018 Paddington Bear - Station (7)
2018 People Act (17)
2019 Paddington Bear at St. Paul's Cathedral (29)
2019 Paddington Bear at the Tower of London (17)
2019 Sherlock Holmes (6)
2020 Brexit (57)
2020 Diversity Built Britain (504) [440 unc]
2022 Queen's Platinum Jubilee ***HOLE FILLER***

Also
1998 Britannia in almost unused condition
2001 Britannia (very light wear)
2008 Britannia (3.5 million , not easy to get)
2017 Shield (1.8 million , not easy to get) (2)
2012 GUERNSEY
2018 GIBRALTAR 'New Calpe House'
1997 ISLE of MAN "Motorcycle TT" with triskelion "AA"
2016 ISLE of MAN 'Milner's Tower' "AB"
1997 JERSEY
1998 JERSEY (3)
2005 JERSEY
2009 JERSEY (2)

Hungarian 50 Forint (5)
Kenya 1 Shilling 1989
Switzerland 2 Francs (7)

In one bag there were 6 LARGE (old type). These were instead of 10 smaller ones. They weigh about the same as 10 small ones. It cost me 5.00 for the 6 large, the pain was eased a bit when I saw that 3 of the dates were hole fillers for my collection.
1976 (old,large type)
1977 (old,large type)
1973 European Union - Hands (old,large type) (2)
1980 (old,large type)
1982 (old,large type)

Thanks for looking & I hope that it's not getting too boring.
Merv

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08/25/2022 3:05 pm
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 Posted 08/25/2022  3:54 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kena to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks for posting what you are finding, it gives me an idea of what is out there to be found.

Good going on finding the non-UK 50 pence coins and large style UK 50 pence coins.
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 Posted 08/26/2022  04:19 am  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great stuff! I need to go to the bank today so will try to get some more to sort through - my last three 250 bags have been very disappointing for commemoratives!
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 Posted 10/02/2022  8:08 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Merv4468 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Hi all, from September 2022 from 1100.00

2000 Public Libraries
2004 Sub Four Minute Mile (2)
2005 Johnson's Dictionary (7)
2006 Victoria Cross - Medal (3)
2006 Victoria Cross - Soldier (2)
2007 Boy Scouts
2010 Girl Guides (2)
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Archery
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Fencing
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Tennis
2011 Olympic Games London 2012 - Wrestling
2011 World Wildlife Fund
2013 Benjamin Britten
2013 Christopher Ironside (3)
2014 Commonwealth Games - Glasgow (4)
2015 Battle of Britain
2016 Battle of Hastings (9)
2016 Beatrix Potter - Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle (3)
2016 Beatrix Potter - Squirrel Nutkin
2016 Team GB Olympics (3)
2017 Beatrix Potter - Benjamin Bunny (14)
2017 Beatrix Potter - Mr. Jeremy Fisher (2)
2017 Beatrix Potter - The Tale of Peter Rabbit (3)
2017 Beatrix Potter - Tom Kitten (2)
2018 Paddington Bear - Station
2019 Paddington Bear at St. Paul's Cathedral (3)
2019 Sherlock Holmes (2)
2020 Brexit (3)
2020 Diversity Built Britain (11)

also
2020 "SHIELD" hole filler (2)
Gibraltar 2015 "Barbary Ape"
Gibraltar 2018 "New Calpe House"
2008 "Britannia" (3)
1997 "Britannia" vf/xf

It looks like one of my supply banks is somebody else's dump bank as I'm getting a lot blanks, well that's the luck of the draw. I'd hate to be somebody that gets what I dump.
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10/02/2022 8:16 pm
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 Posted 10/03/2022  5:27 pm  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well done, Merv4468! You're the first person I've heard of who's found a 2020 shield 50p in circulation!

I haven't sorted through any 50p's for a while - the last few bags from my local bank were really disappointing, and the Ashford branch where I used to often get sealed bags of new commemoratives has now become 'digital' and doesn't 'do' coins any more...
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 Posted 10/03/2022  5:33 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kena to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, congrats on finding a Royal Shield 50 pence from 2020 in circulation. What condition was it in?
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 Posted 10/05/2022  7:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Merv4468 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Condition is vf/xf i'd say. There are a couple of marks that may have been caused by other coins hitting them but apart from that, there is next to no wear or scratches. Probably not been is circulation very long. If I get an uncirculated one I'll upgrade it but I won't worry too much about it if I don't.
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 Posted 10/07/2022  5:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kena to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is still a good find since I have not seen any other reports of people from the 2020 Royal Shield 50 pence in circulation.
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 Posted 10/18/2022  06:52 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Merv4468 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I hope that I am not boring people with these reports, but here's an early half month report (I just couldn't keep it to myself 'til the end of the month.

On Monday 17th. I got 6 bags (60.00) from one my usual banks & they must have been laying around for a while, they were customer packed re-usable bags (not the sealed ones). The most recent coin was a 2016 & that was Beatrix Potter - Jemima Puddle-Duck (au) it looks as if it had just come out of a mint bag. This haul had 6 different Olympic Games from 2011.
I was running late & by the time I had checked them it was too late to go back and see if they would let me have any more bags.
I was back on the Tuesday morning & got 100 out, the first 9 bags only had 3 commemoratives & mostly stuff up to 2019, but the last 10 bag.....WOW!!!..... a 2009 "KEW GARDENS".
I replaced the coins that I had taken out & exchange the 100 for another 10 bags. I can't wait to get home and check them.
Merv.

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 Posted 10/18/2022  08:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kena to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
You are not boring me, I like the news of your finds. Please share some pics when can, especially the 2009 Kew Gardens, since that is a great find.
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 Posted 10/18/2022  12:18 pm  Show Profile   Check NumisRob's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add NumisRob to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well done on the Kew Gardens, Merv!
That's quite a find! In 13 years I still haven't found one in circulation.
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 Posted 10/18/2022  8:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Merv4468 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was very disappointed with the 100 that I searched through when I got home , only a few common commems. but there was a nice little bonus of a 2007 GIBRALTAR which was a hole filler for me. I wouldn't mind if every week was like this one but I know that it's probably a once in a lifetime event.
I'll try and add a couple of pictures with the end of month report.
Thanks, Merv
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 Posted 10/19/2022  09:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Merv4468 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Here is the pictures of the 2009 Kew Gardens that I got in October.



and here it is with it's twin that I found about 4 or 5 years ago.



It just goes to show that there are still some gems out there & it's really good to know there is somebody out there actually looking at what I am reporting. Thank you.
Merv.
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