Break your piggy banks, rummage through your pockets and check down the back of the sofa now! There might be some coins worth a small fortune hiding in any corners of your house. It has come to light that many common coins which have been in circulation for years could be worth more than just their face value! Lately, there was a buzz about the new £5 plastic notes selling for overrated prices online. . . and it opened the way to rare and special editions of coins who are even more expensive! Thinking of what these coins are? Let’s see!
50p Coin- Kew Gardens
There’s a 50p piece with Kew Gardens which is a limited and special edition. This coin’s back shows the Kew Garden and it has been selling for more than £50 on online forums. Famous collectors have stated that this rare coin piece was produced in 2011 and it was to mark the 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanical Gardens. There are just 210,000 such coins compared to 22.7 million 50p coins which features the Royal Arms and 7.5 million 50p pieces which shows a Girl Guiding Design. You might want to check all your 50p coins!
20p Coin- Dateless
A mistake can be a good thing at times, and the dateless 20p coin proves it. In 2008, there was a lack of 20p pieces and the Royal Mint produced a few. However, there was a production error! While trying to swap the date from the reverse to the front of the coin, the new and old designs were dissimilar. . . the new coins didn’t have dates on either side! Before they realised their mistake, there were already over 200,000 such coins which now sells for up to £100!
50p Coin – London Olympic
For the London Olympic games, there was a series of 50p coins which were produced and they consisted of one of unique designs at the back. There were few designs which were most used and a full set of all the 29 designed-coins would be sold for around £35. But the rarer pieces with designs like football, wrestling, tennis and rugby now individually cost around £5! But, there’s one special piece which was recently listed for £3,000 on eBay! It is a coin which shows water over a swimmer’s face and there are just around 600 such coins. Try hard to find such a piece in your piggy bank. . . and grab some extra funds!
2p Coin- The 1983 New Pence
In 1971, the British currency went decimal and all the 2p coins had ‘New Pence’ written on the back for a decade. But in 1982, the Royal Mint changed it to ‘Two Pence’. And, just a year later, they still produced some coins with ‘New Pence’ on the reverse, by mistake. These quickly went into the collectible coins list! If you manage to find one such coin by chance or accident. . . keep it well as it’s worth £650 for now!
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