CASH IN WITH RARE COINS

You could have a tidy wind­fall sit­ting in your purse or wal­let right now. Felicity Han­nah and Will Hayward re­port...

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RE­MEM­BER that 20p coin with­out the date on that was sell­ing for hun­dreds of pounds? Or the 2p coin that is still sell­ing for a small for­tune? If you work in a bar, café or shop, the chances are some of these hese coins are pass­ing through your ur fifin­fin­gers ev­ery day and you are miss­ing it.

We’ve put to­gether a list of the most valu­able coins to help you check: COM­MON­WEALTH £2 A spe­cial coin minted to com­mem­o­rate the e North­ern Ire­land 2002 02 Com­mon­wealth Games s is one of the rarest £2 out t there, as fewer than 500,000 0 were minted. They can sell ll on­line for any­thing ng be­tween £15 and £25. “TYPO” GUY FAWKES COIN The Royal Mint re­leased a com­mem­o­ra­tive £2 in 2005 on the 400th an­niver­sary of the Gun­pow­der plot but t some of those had a slightly em­bar­rass­ing typo and read “Pe­mem­ber, pe­memem mem­ber the Fifth of Novem­ber”. e mber”. They sell on­line for be­tween ween £5 and £7, typ­i­cally. CHARLES DICK­ENS £2 These were re­leased in 2012 to com­mem­o­rate the 200th birth­day of the fa­mous author, with the re­verse of the coin fea­tur­ing the ti­tles of his bet­ter known books. . These can now sell on­line ne for around £4, some­times im mes more if in par­tic­u­larly good od o con­di­tion. OLYMPIC SWIM­MER 50p 0p The orig­i­nal Olympic pic aquatic coin with the he wavy lines across the e swim­mer’s face has s be­come very col­lectible, , as only 600 were re­leased be­fore the de­sign was changed. Six x hun­dred is a tiny, tiny ny amount in the world of coin col­lect­ing and so these coins are chang­ing hands for up­wards of o £800. PETER RAB­BIT 50p These charm­ing Beatrix Pot­ter coins were re­leased only to a lim­ited num­ber o of at­trac­tions and Na­tional T Trust prop­er­ties and the Ro Royal Mint has not re­vealed pre pre­cisely how many it has mint minted. KEW GAR­DEN GA A 50p The ThThThThe 505 pence coin stamped with the Kew Gar­dens Pagoda is re rel­a­tively rare, with just 2 210,000 minted, com­pared t to a stan­dard mint­ing of around five mil­lion. That means they can sell for £30-£50 if you can find a c col­lec­tor. At A their peak de­mand they we were sell­ing on­line e for as much mu as £120. THE EURO EUR RO 50p A 1992 50p 50 piece fea­tur­ing ng 12 sta stars and rep­re­sent­nt­ing th the EC Sin­gle Mar­rket can sell for r around aro £50-£55 on on­line. These are th the old-fashio ioned chunky 50 p pences, so you ar are un­likely to o tur turn one up in your ur cha change, but it could d be worth check­ing any longterm pe penny jars for. WWF 50p This com­mem­o­ra­tive coin is sell­ing for more than £10, even if it has been in cir­cu­la­tion a while and is no longer in (lit­eral) mint con­di­tion.

Be care­ful when buy­ing, as some of these stan­dard coins are be­ing ad­ver­tised at mas­sively in­flated prices.

How­ever, a few of the rarer edi­tions are sell­ing for hun­dreds of pounds – so look care­fully when com­par­ing.

The launch of the new £1 coin meant that there are very few valu­able ver­sions out there. But that doesn’t mean there are none. The two key things to look out for are so­called “trial coins” – these were sent out early to shops and busi­nesses so they could check all their vend­ing ma­chines and tills worked prop­erly with the new de­sign.

You can spot them by their dates – if you see a coin with a 2015 or 2016 date you could be on to a win­ner. SIL­VER 2p It was re­cently sug­gested that the UK might sim­ply stop us­ing pen­nies in the fu­ture, as they are ef­fec­tively worth­less.

How­ever, there are a few cop­pers that are far from worth­less.

Poppy col­lec­tors were given a 2p coin that they as­sumed was fake be­cause it was sil­ver. How­ever, it turned out to be an in­cred­i­bly rare and valu­able “mint­ing er­ror”, where a blank 10p was ac­ci­den­tally cast as a 2p. The Royal Bri­tish Le­gion auc­tioned it for more than £1,400 – but the donor prob­a­bly didn’t even no­tice. All 2p coins minted be­fore 1982 say “new pence”, while those stamped af­ter that date should say “two pence”. How­ever, an early er­ror means that a num­ber of 2p coins from 1983 still show “new pence”, mean­ing coins with that year stamped on can sell for sev­eral hun­dreds of pounds. AL­PHA­BET 10ps The orig­i­nal 10p was first is­sued in 1968 as a larger, sil­ver coin. In 1992 the 10p was made smaller, lighter and gen­er­ally more con­ve­nient – these are the ones classed as le­gal ten­der to­day.

In March 2018, the Royal Mint in­tro­duced a col­lec­tion of 26 al­pha­bet 10p coins into cir­cu­la­tion – ini­tially print­ing 2.6 mil­lion of them, with each rep­re­sent­ing a dif­fer­ent Bri­tish tra­di­tion.

This in­cluded the Post Of­fice, ze­bra cross­ings and even cricket – but coin ex­perts at Change Checker believe five of them will be­come the most pop­u­lar, and there­fore the hard­est to get hold of.

Their list of ones to watch out for in­clude: J for James Bond, E for English Break­fast, F for Fish and Chips, T for Teapot, L for Loch Ness Mon­ster. DATELESS 20ps Back in 2008 the Royal Mint printed around 250,000 20p pieces with no date on them.

The coins are le­gal ten­der and so they can be used to buy a Freddo (as­sum­ing you have an­other 5p). How­ever, you’d be bet­ter off sell­ing them as they are still fetch­ing as much as £100 on­line. 5p COINS FROM 1993 The new 5p was one of the first of a new breed of coin in­tro­duced in 1990, sig­nif­i­cantly smaller and lighter than the old coin it re­placed – it was minted in mas­sive numbers.

In the first year more than a bil­lion were struck, and sub­se­quent mintages were in the hun­dreds of mil­lions.

But while that means most are worth, well, 5p, there are two valu­able ones.

If you see 1993 on a 5p coin, keep it. It’s the only year tens of mil­lions weren’t pro­duced, with none re­leased for gen­eral cir­cu­la­tion and fewer than 60,000 made for an­nual sets.

Sadly, you won’t be re­tir­ing on the money you make from find­ing one – with re­cent ex­am­ples sold on eBay go­ing for no more than £13.50 - but that’s still an aw­ful lot more than 5p. RARE 5p ER­ROR COINS FROM 2008 2008 wasn’t a good year for the Royal Mint. It’s the year they fa­mously re­leased 250,000 date-free 20ps.

It’s also the year an un­known num­ber of 5ps were struck where the back is up­side down com­pared with the front.

These are in­cred­i­bly rare, and sell for more than £50 on­line, so it’s al­ways worth check­ing them.

There are many coins worth a for­tune that could be in your piggy bank

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