Rare Kew Gardens commemorative 50p sells for £170 on eBay – check your change
A rare coin has sold on eBay for a whopping £170 – impressive for a 50p piece.
The unusual coin features a unique design of the Kew garden’s Chinese Pagoda surrounded by vines and leaves.
The commemorative design is popular with collectors as only 210,000 of the coins exist hence why one buyer was willing to spend 340 times the face value.
The Kew Gardens 50p is one of the top 10 rarest coins in circulation, according to the Royal Mint, largely due to its low mintage numbers.
But, it crops up every so often on auction sites and has sold for as much as £707 before.
This could be because it ranks in top place for Changecheckers 50p scarcity index.
There were 13 keen bidders in the £170 eBay sale who fought it out for the rare coin.
The sale ended yesterday after 34 bids were places – and the price rocketed from £9.99 to £170. So check your pockets!
If you have the rare Kew Gardens 50p then it could be worth popping it on eBay and funding a holiday or shopping spree for yourself.
But, before selling the coin off you should check with the Royal Mint and get the coin verified so that buyers know they’re not buying a fake coin.
Doing this also means you can hike the price up a little.
If you have other coins that you believe might be rare then you can check on sites like Coin Hunter.
Earlier this month a rare £1 coin with a notable minting error sold for £206 online.
The coin is a copy of the new British pound which entered circulation in 2017, but a design error meant that it was worth a fortune.
It is supposed to have a gold coloured outer-rim (nickel-brass) and a silver coloured middle (nickel-plated alloy).
But the error version is gold all over instead.
Other rare coins that have sold for a small fortune include a Blue Peter special edition coin that sold for 300 times its original monetary value.
And, a rare £2 coin to mark World War 1 was found with a huge error in its design.
The £2 coin is worth a lot of money due to an error on its design as the words "Two Pounds" are missing on the head side.
It is the 2014 First World War Centenary £2 with the normal version of the coin still worth £2.
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