Four rare coins that could be in your pocket right now
Over the past few weeks we have shared stories of amazing discoveries with you, everything from finding rare coins in toy boxes to digging up hordes of roman treasure in a field. But you also may be carrying something rare without even knowing it. Here are 4 coins that may be in your pocket right now that could brighten your day:
1. The Kew Gardens 50 pence piece. Struck in 2012, the Kew Gardens 50p is one of the lowest minted of its kind in history. Totaling a minuscule 200,000 (compared to the average 2 million!) the Kew Gardens 50p was only discovered to be rare in 2015, when collectors cottoned on to its remarkably low mintage. Now high grade examples of this piece can reach highs of up to £50 per coin – 100 times their face value.
2. The ‘undated’ 20 pence piece. In 2009, 200,000 ‘undated’ 20 pence pieces accidentally entered circulation due to an error. The date had changed sides of the coin, and coins were accidentally produced using two dies of which neither bore a date. These coins are famous and popular and can command prices upwards of £100 in good condition.
3. The ‘silver’ two pence piece is not silver at all. In actual fact, a small number of two pence pieces were struck in the copper-nickel alloy of the 50p, 20p, 10p and 5p. This happened by mistake at the Royal Mint. Only a handful is known. One sold at auction in 2016 for over £1350.
4. The early decimal coins (half penny, penny and two pence) of Great Britain featured the word ‘New’ before their denomination – e.g. Two New Pence. All 2p pieces struck before 1982 feature this title. However, in 1983, a few were minted with the title ‘New Pence’ rather than ‘Two Pence’. It is not certain how many of these were struck, but they are known to reach highs of over £500 at auction.
Source: London Mint Office