KEW GARDENS 250. THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS AT KEW. Note: 2009 Kew Gardens coin, is-to-date, the rarest 50p coin, this one is enclosed within a First Day Cover, issued by the Royal Mint in original package, and in pristine condition. KEW GARDENS AT 250
Throughout its 250-year history, the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew have been many things to many people. From its origin as an 18th-century royal playground, Kew grew into a 19th-century hub of colonial exploration and commerce before becoming the scientific institution it is today. The international importance of Kew's work and collections was recognised when it was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2004.