£2 coin with rare print­ing quirk found in loose change

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Lon­don, UK - A rare £2 coin could be worth as much as £1,000 af­ter a print­ing er­ror led to its un­usual ap­pear­ance.

The coin is thought to be among the rarest in the UK af­ter ex­perts con­firmed they had never seen the print­ing quirk be­fore.

Tra­di­tional £2 coins are printed on two kinds of metal and fea­ture two colours, a brassy outer ring and a sil­ver­look­ing in­ner cir­cle.

The me­tals used are in fact nickel brass and cop­per zinc. The in­ner disc is made from 75 per cent cop­per zinc and 25 per cent nickel.

But an er­ror at the Royal Mint has led to one be­ing printed with­out the sil­ver cir­cle, mean­ing it is all one colour.

One shop­per found the un­usual look­ing coin in their change and they are now thought to be auc­tion­ing it along­side with a let­ter from the Royal Mint con­firm­ing the coin is a re­sult of a gen­uine mis­take.

The au­then­ti­ca­tion let­ter says, “Spec­tro­graphic anal­y­sis has con­firmed that the coin is struck from a nickel-brass blank con­sis­tent with what we would nor­mally use on the outer sec­tion of the coin.

“What there­fore looks to have hap­pened is that an un­pierced blank has some­how been struck be­tween two pound dies.”

The £2 coin, named Stand­ing on the Shoul­ders of Giants, is thought to be go­ing un­der the ham­mer shortly by its owner, who wishes to re­main anony­mous.

A spokesper­son for GoCom­pare, which runs web­site Coin­ing It In, told the Sun, “We have only come across four or five sim­i­lar coins, none of which have been £2 coins.”

Other print­ing er­rors have also led to fat pay cheques for

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