The Bailiwick of Jersey is a British crown dependency that lies just off the coast of France. The island exhibits a rich mixture of both French and English culture and is a popular getaway destination for many Brits. Despite being in a currency union with the UK, there are still slight differences in their coins. In this guide, we’ll break down the Jersey Pound and walk you through the most common Bailiwick of Jersey coins.
What is the Jersey Pound?
The Bailiwick of Jersey is in a currency union with the rest of the United Kingdom and therefore uses the pound sterling. The difference comes in the fact that the State of Jersey issues their own banknotes and coins which has come to be known as the Jersey Pound.
The Jersey Pound is considered the official legal tender of Jersey but notes from the Bank of England, the Guernsey Pound and Scottish banknotes are all legal tender in circulation too. Despite this, the Jersey Pound is not legal tender anywhere within the United Kingdom and so returning visitors from Jersey must exchange any spare Jersey currency.
The differences between the banknotes for the Jersey Pound and those issued by the Bank of England are quite clear. This is not the case for the Bailiwick of Jersey coins however which look very similar to those found within the UK. This means that you may come across a Jersey coin in your change occasionally as they frequently go unnoticed by those handling them. We wouldn’t recommend using them again just in case it is refused, although frankly we don’t know of any shopkeepers who religiously check the change they’re handed.
The Bailiwick of Jersey Coins
Now you know a little bit about the history of the Jersey Pound, we’ll break down each of the coins you can expect to find in your change and how much they’re worth if sold within the UK.
Bailiwick of Jersey 1p Coin
Estimated Value = £1
The Bailiwick of Jersey 1p coin has been in circulation since 1998. The reverse features Le Hocq Tower which sits on the south coast at Saint Clements Bay and is one of the most iconic landmarks in Jersey. The tower was built in the 1780s to protect the island from French invasions and still stands to this day.
A circulated 1p coin in good condition can fetch anywhere up to £1 on eBay and listings for the coin appear frequently.
Bailiwick of Jersey 2p Coin
Estimated Value = £1
The Bailiwick of Jersey 2p coin closes matches the 2p coins from the Bank of England but features one of the island’s most iconic landmarks. The reverse design shows the Hermitage of St. Helier, a rocky tidal island that is connected to the capital of Jersey by a breakwater. The design focuses particularly on the small chapel that can be found on the Hermitage which attracts many visitors every day despite its damp appearance.
As with the 1p coin, these coins regularly fetch up to £1 on eBay thanks to their relatively low mintage.
Bailiwick of Jersey 5p Coin
Estimated Value = £0.50
The reverse design of the Bailiwick of Jersey 5p coin features another of the island’s iconic defence towers. Seymour Tower was built on the rocky tidal island of L’Avarison in 1782 following the Battle of Jersey. The tower is completely surrounded by water twice a day as the tide comes in and as of 2006, it can be rented out as self-catering accommodation for those looking to experience Jersey in a unique way.
Despite the lower resell value compared to the 1p and 2p coins, there is still demand out there for the Jersey 5p coin and they are frequently sold on eBay.
Bailiwick of Jersey 10p Coin
Estimated Value = Up to £1
The Bailiwick of Jersey 10p coin features an interesting landmark that can be found in St. Martin on its reverse design. The Faldouet Dolmen is a passage grave, originally built around 6000 years ago. The grave consists of multiple stone chambers and human remains have been found there during excavations. The Faldouet Dolmen is free to access to the general public although visitors are of course asked to be respectful.
Out of all the lower value coins, the Jersey 10p has the biggest fluctuation in sell price with recent eBay listings ranging from 15p to just over a pound. If you’re planning on selling this coin, it’s best to wait for listings to die down to attract the most interest.
Bailiwick of Jersey 20p Coin
Estimated Value = £1.50
Featuring what is perhaps the most famous of Jersey’s landmarks is the Bailiwick of Jersey 20p coin. The Lighthouse of La Corbiere can be found proudly displayed on the coins reverse design. La Corbiere’s striking blue waters and rocky coast draws in thousands of tourists from around the world each year. Nearly all promotional images of the town feature the iconic white lighthouse in some way and it’s dramatic positioning on the coast makes it clear to see why.
The Jersey 20p coin is relatively sought after by collectors thanks to its low mintage compared to similar UK coins. Listings crop up on eBay every day and the coins are regularly sold for around £1.50.
Bailiwick of Jersey 50p Coin
Estimated Value = £1.25
Just like the Bank of England, the Jersey State regularly releases commemorative 50p coins that feature designs relevant to the island’s history. For the purpose of this article we’ll focus on the ‘original’ design which displays the ruins of Grosnez Castle in St Ouen. The castle was built in the 14th century and held against the French during invasions before eventually becoming ruins in the 16th century.
This original design of the Jersey 50p coin sells for around £1.25 on eBay but prices soon begin to increase if you’re lucky enough to find one of the commemorative versions of the coin.
Bailiwick of Jersey £1 Coin
Estimated Value = £1.70
The Bailiwick of Jersey £1 coin is another coin that has several commemorative issues from the State of Jersey. Recent coins have featured different boats in varying sail positions but the coin you’ll most frequently find has the Schooner in a sail right position. The schooner is an iconic boat that was commonly used for trading in and out of Jersey’s harbours.
The several versions of the Jersey £1 coin make it difficult to estimate the resell price on eBay but for this particular version, it appears the value is around £1.70. Other more rare versions of the coin can sell for up to £5.
Bailiwick of Jersey £2 Coin
Estimated Value = £5
The reverse design of the Bailiwick of Jersey £2 coin represents Jersey’s history in the best possible way. The design features the crest of each of the 12 parishes of Jersey, connected by a central star design. Despite being a small island with a relatively low population, each parish has its own unique sense of community and pride. The £2 coin represents the mutual respect for each of the individual parishes and bonds them together on the most valuable coin in legal tender.
The Jersey £2 coin is one of the most sought after coins to come out of the island. The coin regularly fetches around £5 on eBay although some previous listings have fetched as much as £10.
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The Bailiwick of Jersey may only be a small island but their coins come with a lot of value to UK collectors. If you ever plan a trip there, or if you’re lucky enough to get a Jersey coin in your regular change, you could be in with a profit.
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