eBay: ‘Rare’ 50p coin selling for £450 – why is it so expensive? Expert unveils warning


If you’re on the hunt for 50p coins, eBay could be a good place to make a beeline to. From genuine rare coins to more common currency, there’s plenty of designs to choose from on the auction website and marketplace. At the moment, a 2004 50 pence piece is up for sale, but it won’t come cheap. That’s because the seller, “jotom118”, has listed the Roger Bannister running legs and stopwatch coin for a whopping £450.

The coin is yet to attract any bids, but should someone purchase it, they also need to pay £1.26 for economy delivery.

Aside from some pictures, and the current owner insisting it’s rare, there are few details about what makes this particular item stand out from the rest.

And, while the seller has described the coin as part of the Olympics variety, this may not actually be the case.

Luckily, the website Check Your Change provide some information on this 50 pence piece.

The coin was issued in 2004, and was created to mark the 50th anniversary of Roger Bannister’s sub four-minute mile.

The item was designed by James Butler, and depicts a runner’s legs, as well as a stopwatch.

It has a mintage of 9,032,500.

And, according to Check Your Change’s scarcity index, this coin is not the scarcest 50p coins out there.

In fact, it ranks at one on the scale, which means it’s usually readily available, or close to face value.

The publication Spend It? Save It? What should you do? have valued this coin at £3.

In order to help coin collectors avoid paying over the odds when buying coins online, the team behind Coin News Magazine have issued a warning.

In the guide, which was written by Phil Mussell and the production team at Coin News, they explain that it’s possible for sellers to list the time for the price tag of their choice.

This means that the owner could put the coin up for sale for hundreds of pounds – despite it being worth something closer to face value.

These expensive listings can make lower amounts seem like a bargain – even though they’re still more pricey than the coin’s actual worth.

In recent weeks, one eBay user made a very bizarre claim about the 50p coin they were selling for an astounding £4,889.

As well as claiming it’s rare, the seller “cyberpunkwasteland” also dubbed this item as “lucky”.

Which are the rarest £1, £2, 50p, 20p, 10p and 2p coins?

Rarest £2 coins

The rarest £2 coin is the 2002 Commonwealth Games NI coin with 485,500 in circulation. This is followed by the 2002 Commonwealth Games Wales which has 588,500 in circulation.

Next up is the 2015 Navy, and there are 650,000 in circulation.

Rarest £1 coins

The most rare £1 coins are all part of a series celebrating the British capitals.

The rarest of these is the 2011 Edinburgh coin, with 935,000 in circulation. Of the 2011 Cardiff coins there are 1,615,000 in circulation, while the 2010 London coin has 2,635,000 in circulation.

Rarest 50p coin

The rarest 50p coin is the Kew Gardens coin, which is also the rarest coin in circulation. It there were only 210,000 minted.

The football Olympic 50p coin has 1,125,500 in circulation, and the wrestling coin has 1,129,500 in circulation.

It is not so easy to evaluate the rarest 20p coins, 10p coins and even 2p coins as exact circulation figures are not known.

However, various versions of the coins are known to sell for large sums.

These include the dateless 20ps, which are actually part of a run from 2008. There may be between 50,000 and 200,000 of these coins in circulation.

The 1983 ‘New Pence’ 2p coin can also sell for a huge sum, up to £650.


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