29th April 2024

A rare Olympic Coin Swims to Auction. A swimming-themed 50p coin is going under the hammer at a Wiltshire auction house next month with a whopping price tag.

The UK’s Royal Mint issued the Aquatics 50p coin in 2011. The coins comprised part of a collection released before the 2012 London Olympics. There were twenty-nine designs representing different sports.

The design on this rare coin shows a goggle-wearing swimmer moving through the water. In the standard design, the swimmer’s face is clear and visible beneath. But on a very small number of coins, lines obscure the swimmer’s face. And the coins became known as ‘Lines Over The Face’ Aquatic 50ps.

Olympic Coin Swims to Auction - the 50p piece with lines across the swimmer
Olympic Coin Swims to Auction – the 50p piece with lines across the swimmer

Not many minted

‘It’s thought that only a few hundred of this rare variation exist. Thus they sell for thousands of pounds to buyers looking to add a rare modern coin to their collection.’

‘Since they’re so valuable, there’s been production of cheap fake coins in an attempt to cash in. (no pun intended) These can be hard to spot,’ said coin expert Kimberly Day.

However, one one of the world’s top coin grading and assessment services, Numismatic Guarantee Company, has authenticated this particular coin. You can find this coin on their register of genuine ‘design flaw’ coins.

It’s estimated the coin will make between £1,000 and £1,500 when it goes under the hammer on 8 May 2024. Earlier in the year, RWB Auctions sold another rare UK coin with a design flaw. A £2 coin with a portrait of Lord Kitchener from the famous World War One recruiting poster sold for £1,120, including fees. That set a record.

The Aquatics 5op is up for sale at a two-day Coins, Medals & Militaria Sales at RWB Auctions in Royal Wootton Bassett on Wednesday May 8 and Thursday May 9. A private seller has put the coin up for auction. For more information please visit https://www.rwbauctions.com/

Olympic Coin Swims to Auction - the Queen's head
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