Rare 50 pence coin sells for £ 255 at online auction


A rare 50 pence coin was sold for £ 255 on eBay after being minted in error.

The seller says the Benjamin Bunny coin has the queen’s head printed the wrong way round.

The coin was placed on a five-day auction on eBay and attracted two bids – eventually sold for £ 255, reports The mirror.

Benjamin Bunny coins were released in 2017.

In the description of the listing, the seller said: “In the photo you will see the spin error where the queen’s head is located – this is how far the spin is on the coin. .

“When you turn it over, it should be facing up the same way as the Benjamin bunny.”

The seller adds that the 50p is in “good condition”.

Error Coins are extremely rare to find and could be one of the few, if not unique.

The Royal Mint is able to verify coins to verify that they are genuine.

The royal coin has released the mintage figures for 2020, providing the official guide to the rarest coins in circulation.

In 2020, more than 330 million coins were put into circulation, including new 50 pence models commemorating ‘Diversity Built Britain’ and the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. Ten million of each model have been released, making them widely accessible.

The 50 pence coin is Britain’s most collectible coin and makes the perfect canvas for commemorative motifs – with over 50 different versions put into circulation since 1969. The famous Kew Gardens 50p from 2009 remains the coin. the most coveted in circulation, with a circulation of only 210,000 copies. Other rare models include the 2011 Olympic 50p and the collectible Peter Rabbit series.

In january 2020 The Royal Mint issued a new 50 pence to mark the UK’s departure from the European Union, with the inscription “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” as a symbol of continued unity. In October 2020, fifty pence was issued to celebrate “Diversity Built Britain” as part of Black History Month. To accompany the outing The Royal Mint distributed a coin and an educational kit to every primary school in England and Wales.

The Royal Mint UK Currency Director Mark Loveridge said: “As Britain’s premier coin maker, we are delighted to be playing our part in celebrating the nation’s history.

“In 2020 two major new models were released on fifty pence, commemorating British diversity and the UK’s withdrawal from the European Union.

“Coin collecting remains a popular pastime in the UK, and finding a special design in your coin adds to the excitement. If you are lucky enough to find a commemorative 50 pence, you can find more information about its history, design and mintage on our website.

As well as the coins found in your change, The Royal Mint Every year issues a range of commemorative coins to celebrate milestones, birthdays and people who shaped the nation. In 2021, this included collector’s items celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s 95th. e anniversary, Team GB at the Tokyo Olympics and the 50 e birthday of Mr Men and Little Miss.

The 10 rarest 50 pence coins of the Royal Mint in circulation

2009 Kew Garden Mintage 210,000

Olympic wrestling 2011 Draw 1,129,500

2011 Olympic triathlon draw 1,161,500

2011 Olympic Judo Draw 1,161,500

2011 Olympic football draw 1,161,500

2018 Flopsy Bunny Draw 1,400,000

2018 Peter Rabbit Mintage 1,400,000

2011 Olympic tennis draw 1,454,000

2011 Olympic Goalball Draw 1,615,500

2011 Olympic Archery Draw 1,656,500

To celebrate coin collecting, the Royal Mint will be hosting its annual “Collecting Week” starting September 20. The event features a host of expert webinars and behind-the-scenes content, all free and streamable from home.


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