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'Rare' 50p Coin Sells For £200 On Ebay - And There's 210,000 More Out There

'Rare' 50p Coin Sells For £200 On Ebay - And There's 210,000 More Out There

A rare Kew Gardens 50p coin, minted to mark the 250th anniversary of the attraction, has sold for more than 400 times its face value on eBay.

The 50p, which is infamously one of the most sought after coins in in the UK, just sold on the online resale platform for a whopping £200, after more than 27 bids.

The coin was first circulated back in 2009, and is recognisable thanks to its Kew Gardens Pagoda stamp.

The Kew Gardens 2009 coin is extremely rare (Credit: eBay/ Royal Mint)
The Kew Gardens 2009 coin is extremely rare (Credit: eBay/ Royal Mint)
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Only 210,000 of the coin were minted, making it exceptionally rare, as supposed to the standard five million.

Therefore it's no surprise that the coin is topping rare coin indexes, and is currently known as the most valuable 50p around, according to ChangeChecker.

The coin has sold for £200 on eBay (Credit: eBay)
The coin has sold for £200 on eBay (Credit: eBay)

The coin was designed by Christopher Le Brun - a famous British artist.

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As special as the coin is, Royal Mint say that as many as one in every 300 homes in the country could have one, so it really is worth looking out for.

They won't all go for £200 online, of course. Typically, 50ps like this can sell for anywhere between £30 and just shy of £200 depending on their condition.

But you could strike it lucky and sell yours for £200 like this seller.

The coin was originally listed on eBay for just 99p, but three savvy coin collectors obviously spotted its value, as over 27 bids its price crept up.

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And by the end of the five day auction period the seller had made the tidy profit. Who knew a 50p could be so profitable?!

Time to smash open the piggy bank (Credit: Unsplash)
Time to smash open the piggy bank (Credit: Unsplash)

While £200 is super impressive, it didn't make quite as much as a rare Beatrix Potter 50p coin, which recently sold for £430 on eBay.

The 50p piece was illustrated with Mrs Tittlemouse from the much-loved Peter Rabbit books and was launched in the third release of the books' coins in 2018.

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Beatrix Potter coins have long been sought after, in particular the ones illustrating Peter Rabbit himself, which have a mintage of 1.4 million.

Peter Rabbit coins were launched originally in 2016 as part of a series to celebrate 150 years since the birth of the author of the beloved bunny, Beatrix Potter, but there were two collections of coins released in 2017 and 2018 afterwards too. And it is the 2018 collection that has the least amount of Peter Rabbit illustrated coins in circulation, meaning it is rarer.

Now, if you'll excuse us, we're off to hunt for valuable coins on eBay...

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: Life News, Life

Joanna Freedman

Joanna is a journalist at Tyla with a particular interest in highlighting women's issues and telling inspiring first person stories. She's also their resident foodie, and loves covering exciting new beauty launches, too. Contact her at [email protected]

 

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