The 2016 Team GB 50p, often referred to as the Olympic Swimming 50p or just Swimming 50p.
2016 Team GB 50p Coin
The 2016 Team GB 50p coin was released into circulation by the Royal Mint in support of Great Britain team in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
This coin is separate from the highly collectable 2011 Olympic Games 50p coins which kick-started the whole 50p collecting frenzy like never before. That set too also featured a Swimming pool design.
It features an Olympic swimmer in a dynamic butterfly swimming stroke pose. Above the swimmers capped head are the 5 Olympic Rings above which is the inscription TEAM GB. On top of these is a representation of the GB Lion Mascot.
On the left side of the coin is the shapes of the Union Jack flag for Great Britain.
The coin was designed by Peter Blake and the company he works for, Uniform. This mark by the tiny letter “U” on the far right-hand side of the splashing water from the swimming pool.
How Much is the Team GB 50p Worth in 2023?
The 2016 Team Gb Swimming 50p is worth between £1.50 to £5.00 depending on its condition. Uncirculated examples are worth more, up to £5.00 each.
Estimated Prices are as follows:
- Average circulated condition 50p
- Very good to excellent circulated condition £1.50 to £2.00
- Uncirculated condition £4.00 to £5.00
Here you can find a full list of the rarest and most valuable 50p coins in circulation.
How Many Team GB 50p Coins Were Made?
There were 6,400,000 Team GB coins made for circulation in 2016.
Is the Team GB 50p Coin Rare?
Although rare to a degree any 50p coin with a mintage over 5 million is easier to find in all conditions. The rarest 50p coins tend to have mintage figures of 2 million or below.
The Team GB 50p is sometimes referred to as the Swimming 50p, so it’s worth noting there is actually another Olympic swimming 50p which is actually one of the rarest 50p coins in circulation, even though not often seen in change these days as so many of the 2011 Olympic 50ps are held in collections.
Is it Worth Selling a Team GB 50p?
If you have a 2016 Team GB 50p coin in excellent condition you could get 3 to 4 times its face value by selling on a site like eBay. Although you can charge postage costs on top, you will incur eBay and Paypal fees.
Team GB 50p Designers
It is always interesting to hear from the designers own mouth what inspired them to create the design. For the Team GB coin, the Royal Mint released the video below.
It turns out the coin design was inspired by an East London school child poem “The Champions Story” which won Mayor of London’s Olympic Poetry competition to read out at the London 20212 closing ceremony, which can be read here if you are interested.
The Team GB coin was to commemorate the Great Britain team in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games – 5 to 21 August 2016.
After the success of hosting the London 2012 Olympic Games (50ps), there was much excitement and expectation to perform well again 4 years later.
By the end of the games Great Britain ranked 2nd in the medals table with the following medal counts:
- 27 Gold Medals
- 23 Silver Medals
- 17 Bronze Medals
For a total of 67 medals.
Of those, 6 medals were for swimming, 1 gold and 5 silver.