Is The 2014 Commonwealth Games 50p Worth Anything?

The 2014 Commonwealth Games 50p was created to celebrate the Commonwealth Games that were held in Glasgow in 2014, but how much are coin collectors willing to pay for it today?

According to eBay, you can expect to sell the coin for £1.20 based on average completed listing values.

Let’s take a look at what factors influence the value of the coin, as well as where you can buy one.

Mintage of the 2014 Commonwealth Games 50 Pence Coin

The mintage of any coin is the best way to determine how rare or collectable that coin is.

In this case, the total mintage of the Commonwealth Games 50p Coin that entered circulation was 6,500,000 which is a fairly large amount for a 50p coin. Compare this to the rarest 50p in circulation which has a mintage of 210,000 and you’ll quickly realise that a mintage over 6 million is nothing special.

Like many commemorative coins, it was also produced in different versions specifically for coin collectors which can be summarised in the table below.

SpecificationMintage
Presentation Folder14,581
Brilliant Uncirculated PNC7,918
Proof FDC as part of the 2014 UK Proof Set13,865
Silver Proof FDC (0.925 silver)2,810
Silvert Proof FDC in PNC (0.925 silver)451
Silver Proof Piedfort (0.025 Silver)1,479 (992 individual and rest in proof piedfort set)
Gold Proof FDC (0.917 Gold)308 (233 individual and rest in proof gold set)
Gold Proof FDC in PNC (0.917 Gold)38
Collectors Versions and Mintages

Commemoration

The coin was to commemorate the XX Commonwealth Games. The Commonwealth Games have been commemorated also in 1986 to celebrate the XIII Commonwealth Games in Edinburgh.

The Royal Mint also released a two Pound 1986 Commonwealth Games coin. In 2002, there was a two pound coin series issued to celebrate the XVII Commonwealth Games with a series of four coins with each coin representing a flag from one of the participating countries of the UK.

This series was particularly interesting due to the low mintage of the coins. For example, the 2002 Commonwealth Games Ireland £2 mintage was just 485,500 – making it the lowest mintage of any circulating £2!

Unusual Minting Celebration

In a very unique and rare celebration, The Royal Mint invited 2012 Olympics Gold medalist Rebecca Adlington to strike the first coin.

Production of the 2014 coins officially started when Rhys Williams, a European champion hurdler and representative of Team Wales, visited the mint during his run along the Queen’s baton relay. He ran through the mint to the production room and pressed a button to start the minting process.

Design of the Commonwealth Games 50 Pence Coin

This coin was designed to celebrate the Commonwealth Games. It consists of a Cupro-nickel alloy with an 8.00g weight, a diameter of 27.3mm, and it is 1.78mm thick.

2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow 50p Coin Design

The Obverse design is that of a mature crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. The image features Her Majesty facing right and wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland diamond tiara. The tiara had been a wedding gift from Queen Mary, her grandmother, in 1947. She is seen wearing this tiara in the Machin and Gottwald portraits as well.

In this version, her mature head is crowned and facing right. Surrounding her portrait are the words ELIZABETH II * D * G * REG * F * D *  which is abbreviated from Dei Gratia Regina meaning Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen, Defender of the Faith. Small letters just below her head are the signature mark of the artist, Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS, of the Royal Society of Sculptors, IRB.

The edge is plain with no inscription.

The Reverse features the inscription XX Commonwealth Games Glasgow written in three lines in a font that was based on the writing of Glasgow architect, designer, and artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh. There is a cyclist on the left and a sprinter runner on the right with St. Andrew’s cross, from the flag of Scotland, superimposed across the center.

The two athletes featured were inspired by Sir Chris Hoy and Graeme Obree, two of Scotland’s most successful athletes. The date 2014 is to the left of the runner’s leg. The artist’s initials, AL, are to the right of the runner’s other leg.

The Reverse image is designed by Alex Loudon and Dan Flashman. But, only Alex Loudon’s initials appear on the design. The two were from the design firm Tangerine.

Where Can You Buy A 2014 Commonwealth Games 50p?

One of the fastest and easiest ways to shop for coins is online. The average selling price on eBay is £1.20 for this specific profile of the 2014 Commonwealth Games 50p coin if you want to purchase one there.

You can also choose to shop on online coin retailers such as the Westminster Collection, however, it is more likely for these places to stock coins in uncirculated condition.