The rarest 10p, 50p and £2 coins revealed – could you have one in your spare change?
NOW might be the time to dig out that loose change from the back of the sofa because the rarest 10p, 50p and £2 coins have been revealed.
If you spot them in your change then you could end up making a tidy profit, as the top two coins of each category are worth up to £317 in total.
The UK's rarest 10p, 50p and £2 coins have been revealed in ChangeChecker's latest scarcity index, which tracks the last three months.
The index is based on how many of each design are listed as “collected” by ChangeChecker users and the number of times they've been requested as a swap.
It’s worth noting that some collectors also value the mintage of coins, meaning how many have been made, but this is something ChangeChecker doesn't take into account.
Plus, coins are only worth what someone is willing to pay for them, so you aren’t guaranteed these prices.
Is your small change worth a fortune?
IF you think that you might have a rare coin then you might be able to make a real mint.
The most valuable coins are usually those with a low mintage or an error.
These are often deemed the most valuable by collectors.
You should check how much the coin is selling for on eBay.
Search the full name of the coin, select the "sold" listing and then toggle the search to "highest value".
It will give you an idea of the amount of money that the coin is going for.
You can either choose to sell the coin on eBay or through a specialist such as ChangeChecker.org.
If you choose the auction website then remember to set a minimum price that is higher or at the very least equal to the face value of the coin.
Even if your coin “sells” on eBay for a high price there’s no guarantee that the buyer will cough up.
It its terms and conditions, the auction website states that bidders enter a “legally binding contract to purchase an item”, but there’s no way to enforce this rule in reality.
The most eBay can do is add a note to their account for the unpaid item or remove their ability to bid and buy.
But as the coins have all been circulated, it’s possible that you could find one in your spare change.
These are the coins that you need to look out for right now.
The rarest 10p coins – worth up to £2.25
Ten pence coins hardly ever get a makeover until a few years ago when the Royal Mint released 26 new designs celebrating the best of British, a different design for each letter in the alphabet.
Up to 2.6millon of the coins were minted and even though 100,000 coins were minted for each letter some are worth more than others to collectors.
The most collectable 10p coin from the A to Z collection is currently "T for Tea", which increased one place to take the top spot.
It sports the letter "T" alongside a brewing teapot and we spotted one that fetched £2.25 on eBay.
"N for NHS" previously held the top spot following the coronavirus crisis, with more Brits eager to show their appreciate to our health workers.
The coin, which has dropped four places since the last index, features the letter "N" with a stethoscope wrapped around it.
The second rarest 10p is currently the "Y" coin for Yeoman Warder, which recently sold for £1.85 on eBay.
The coin features a yeoman warder to celebrate the ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London who protect the British Crown Jewels.
The rarest 50p coins – worth up to £230
Unsurprisingly, the Kew Gardens 50p is still in top place of the scarcity index list of the coins currently in circulation, with a mintage (the number of coins issued) of just 210,000.
This rare commemorative coin was created in 2009 to celebrate the 250th anniversary of London’s Kew Gardens, and sells for up to £230 on eBay.
The 50p judo design celebrating the 2012 Olympics has overtaken football to come in second place, with only 1,161,500 having been minted.
The design features one person throwing their opponent to the floor, and it sells for up to £17 on eBay – 34 times its original value.
Other rare 50p coins currently at the top of the tables are the Olympic coins featuring wrestling, football and triathlon.
Meanwhile, the rarity of the table tennis and wheelchair rugby coins have also shot up 11 and five places, respectively, in the past three months.
The top rarest 50p coin that isn't the Kew Gardens design nor an Olympic coin is currently the Peter Rabbit 50p, which was released in 2018.
The rarest £2 coins – worth up to £46
There are 37 different £2 coin designs currently in circulation, and some of the rarest are worth up to 23 times their face value.
The 2002 Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland design remains in top place over the England, Scotland and Wales designs to be the rarest £2 coin.
One circulated version recently sold on eBay for £46 after attracting17 bids from keen coin collectors.
The second most valuable £2 coin is the England version of the same design which fetches up to £20 online if it's been in circulation.
The King James Bible £2 coin has also jumped four places, bringing it in sixth position.
Here are some more rare and valuable coins to keep an eye out for – and one could be worth up to £620.
We've rounded up the 15 rarest and most valuable coins of 2019 and they could be worth up to £186.
We also reveal the most valuable and rarest error coins in circulation that could be worth up to £1,500.
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