From rare collectables to bargain buys, there are plenty of unusual finds available on eBay. With the ability to sell at auction, as well as in an instant sale, the website is a go-to spot for seller and buyers alike. Recently, one eBay user decided to use the platform to sell a supposedly “very rare” Battle of Hastings 1066 50p coin. However, the current owner “ambeh-69”, seems keen for this 50 pence piece to go under the hammer for a huge amount of money. Posting the listing for the world to see, they’ve suggested a starting guide price of £680.
In addition to its final selling price, the buyer would have to pay the £1.40 postage fee for First Class delivery.
This 50p coin was issued by the Royal Mint back in 2016 – so what makes it so rare?
It’s not immediately obvious, and the seller has not included a photograph of the reverse – which is commonly known as the “tails” side of the coin.
While this is could be off-putting for any potential buyer, the Royal Mint do have some information on the 2016 Battle of Hastings 1066 50p.
The design is by John Bergdahl, and has a composition of cupro-nickel.
It has a mintage of 6,700,000, and the design makes a nod at the battle which saw King Harold II being defeated by William the Conqueror – leading to the collapse of the English army.
As well as the title of the fight and its year, the coin features a Bayeux Tapestry-inspired design.
According to the website Change Checker, it ranks at one on the scarcity index.
This means it’s one of the most common 50p coins available.
In contrast, the Kew Gardens coin is one of the scarcest 50 pence pieces out there – ranking at 100 on the index.
So, what should you be aware of when buying rare coins?
When making any expensive purchase online, it’s often a good idea to do your research, and where possible, seek out some advice from an expert.
However, the publication Spend it? Save it? What should you do? also warn buyers to be aware of high price tags when it comes to “rare” coins.
This is because at times, coins can be listed for hundreds more than they’re worth – making lower-priced listings seem like a bargain.
But, these latter products are still selling for more than they’re actually valued at, leaving some buyers at risk of paying over the odds.
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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.