£2 coin with rare printing quirk found in loose change
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.”
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