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New Beatrix Potter 50p designs unveiled: how rare are these coins?

The Royal Mint has unveiled four new additions to the hugely popular Peter Rabbit 50p coin collection, first launched in 2016 to commemorate 150 years since the birth of Beatrix Potter. Designs include the much-loved characters Peter Rabbit, Flopsy Bunny, Mrs Tittlemouse and The Tailor of Gloucester. Find out how they compare with other rare 50p coins, how much they’re currently selling for and how you can get your hands on one.

How to get a 2018 Beatrix Potter 50p coin

The series of silver proof coins are available from The Royal Mint[1]. Each design is in a full-colour hand-painted style, and costs GBP60 each. Currently, only the Peter Rabbit coin has been released, but you can order to reserve the whole four-coin series now, which will be sent out when the coins are available.

Flopsy Bunny will be released in March, while The Tailor of Gloucester will follow in April and Mrs Tittlemouse in May. When the full-colour versions of Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddleduck, Squirrel Nutkin and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle were released in 2016, they sold out within days from the Royal Mint website. A 2018 uncirculated Peter Rabbit 50p coin can also be purchased for GBP10, though this is uncoloured.

A limited amount of coins in this design will also be released into wider circulation later this year – so you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled to find one in your loose change.

What are the rarest 50p coins in circulation?

Currently, the scarcest – and therefore most valuable – 50p coin is the 2009 Kew Gardens design, which currently fetches an average of GBP82 on Ebay. The 2016 Jemima Puddle-Duck coin – also part of the Peter Rabbit collection – fetches an average of GBP11 on Ebay, and is the rarest of the Beatrix Potter coins. Its value has risen by approximately GBP6 since June 2017, according to Change Checker.

Last month saw the release of the 2018 Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin[2], which is only available at The Royal Mint Experience, and is not being released into wider circulation – so it’s possible this design could take the top spot in future for the rarest 50p coin. See the graph below for the 2017 mintage figures showing the rarest 50p coins.

How do limited edition 50p coins compare with other rare coins?

The 2002 Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland design is the rarest GBP2, with a mintage of 485,000. On average, this can sell on Ebay for GBP30, and has held a steady price for the past six months, Change Checker found.

The rarest GBP1 coin is the 2011 Edinburgh edition, with a mintage of 935,000. It can often be found selling between GBP10 and GBP15, according to current Ebay listings. A printing error in 2008 also produced a number of undated 20p coins, which fetch an average of GBP53 – the price of this coin has risen GBP6 since June 2017, according to Change Checker

But keep in mind that a coin is only worth whatever someone is willing to pay for it. While some coins sell for a very high price, it doesn’t necessarily mean the coin itself is worth that much money – or that you would find a buyer willing to pay the same amount.

How to check if a coin is genuine

In an investigation for Which? Money magazine, Which? uncovered the scammers taking advantage of people wanting to invest in rare coins.

Watch the video below to find out which types of coins could be worth investing in, and how to spot a scam.

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References

  1. ^ The Royal Mint (www.royalmint.com)
  2. ^ 2018 Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin (www.which.co.uk)

Sky and BT secure Premier League rights for 2019-22 seasons

Sky Sports and BT Sport have shelled out GBP4.464m between them for broadcast rights to the next three seasons of Premier League games. As in previous seasons, Sky has secured the lion’s share of the games[1], spending GBP1.193 per season for rights to 128 games per season including all of the first picks, 32 Saturday 17:30 games, 8 Saturday 19:45 games and a total of 64 Sunday games plus 24 games on Monday or Friday evenings. Barney Francis, Managing Director of Sky Sports said: “Sky Sports customers will continue to enjoy unrivalled Premier League coverage through to 2022 with 128 live matches a season from next year – more than ever before – including the key head to heads in the best slots and, of course, analysis from the biggest names in football.

“This comes on the back of recent renewals for EFL, ECB and exclusivity for F1, all of which will be available to our customers until 2024.” Read next: How much is Sky Sports and how to get it: Best prices and deals compared[2] So far BT has secured just 32 games, spending with one package, all of them 12:30 Saturday kick-offs with a maximum of six matches per club.

But as BT’s CEO of consumer brands Marc Allera pointed on Twitter, there are still two Packages, totalling 40 games to bid for. The results of the final phase of the auction won’t be revealed until two weeks from now, meaning there’s still time for BT Sport to up its game. Read next: How much is BT Sport and how can I get it?

Best deals and prices compared[3] In a statement, Allera, added: “The Premier League is undoubtedly the most competitive and exciting domestic league in the world, so we’re delighted that our customers will be able to continue enjoying Saturday games on BT Sport. “The Premier League is a big part of our live sport line-up, which includes the UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League, the Emirates FA Cup, MotoGP, boxing, Aviva Premiership rugby and European Rugby Champions Cup.”

For many fans, the news will be sweetened by the deal struck by Sky and BT last December, which will, from next year, see Sky customers able to directly add BT Sport channels to their subscription and BT TV customers able to access Sky Sports streams through their set-top boxes via the Now TV app. Currently, Sky has the broadcast rights to 126 games per season while BT has 32. At the last Premier League rights auction, Sky and BT spent a total of GBP5.14 billion between them.

References

  1. ^ secured the lion’s share of the games (www.premierleague.com)
  2. ^ How much is Sky Sports and how to get it: Best prices and deals compared (uk.pcmag.com)
  3. ^ How much is BT Sport and how can I get it?

    Best deals and prices compared (uk.pcmag.com)

The Best Canon SLR Lenses of 2018

First Name in Cameras

Canon SLRs are some of the most recognizable in the world. You see them on the sidelines of NFL games, around the necks of seemingly every tourist, and in retail displays far and wide. And while seasoned pros who know their cameras[1] inside and out are well aware of what lenses[2] are needed to get the job done, photographers who bought a Rebel bundled with an 18-55mm[3] have good reason to seek out a better lens.

The zoom that’s included with an entry-level camera is usually the weakest link in the chain as far as image quality goes. It’s designed to be inexpensive enough to manufacture to be included at a modest premium. The narrow f/3.5-5.6 variable aperture isn’t the best choice for shooting in dim light, and there’s visible distortion throughout the zoom range.

These aren’t issues that are unique to Canon–most starter lenses leave a lot of room for improvement. Your new SLR deserves a better lens. Thankfully, with a Canon camera you have dozens of options as far as lenses go.

You can go for name-brand Canon lenses–some of those are the best in the business–or you can opt for a third-party option, some of which are just as good as Canon glass, often for less money. We’ve highlighted 10 our favorites here. First-time SLR owners looking for a similar, but better, zoom lens can think about a Sigma 18-35mm or 17-70mm zoom, both of which are designed to cover the APS-C image sensor found in Rebel models.

And creative pros should give unique lenses like the 85mm f/1.2 and 100-400mm a look. Remember, if you have a full-frame model like the 6D, you can’t use an APS-C lens with an EF-S designation. But owners of Rebel models can use both EF-S and EF lenses, as well as their third-party equivalents.

Our favorite APS-C only zooms are actually a pair from Sigma, the 18-35mm f/1.8 and the 17-70mm f/2.8-4. But if you’re eyeing an eventual upgrade to a full-frame system, consider skipping over EF-S lenses entirely. If you’re in the market for a new SLR body you can peruse the Best SLRs[4] we’ve tested.

And all of the cameras and lenses we’ve reviewed can be found in our Digital Cameras Product Guide[5].

Featured Canon SLR Lens Reviews:

References

  1. ^ cameras (www.pcmag.com)
  2. ^ lenses (www.pcmag.com)
  3. ^ 18-55mm (www.pcmag.com)
  4. ^ Best SLRs (www.pcmag.com)
  5. ^ Digital Cameras Product Guide (www.pcmag.com)

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