Are you sitting on a goldmine? Rare coins that could be worth a fortune

Are you sitting on a goldmine? Rare coins that could be worth a fortune

It’s Christmas day, which means – yay! – you have eight new pairs of socks, some generic-brand perfume, and a totally empty bank account.

Times are tough, especially on your debit card. But could you be rolling in it without even realising it?

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Your piggy bank could be loaded with rare, valuable coins – meaning that that 50p you almost spent on chewing gum could worth hundreds of pounds.

You don’t need to be an expert numismatist to get hold of them either. Many of these are still in circulation, so you could have come upon them by accident.

So get sifting, and see if you possess any of these prized coins.


A 50p coin from the 2012 London Olympics – worth £3,000

The one on the left is the real money maker – the one on the right was the redesign (Picture: Post Office)


There were 29 different 50p designs released to celebrate the Olympics coming to London in 2012, with some produced in smaller numbers than others. The rarer or more in-demand designs, such as football, wheelchair rugby or tennis, can fetch you around £3 or £4.

But what you really want to keep an eye out for is the original aquatic coin, which shows water passing over the swimmer’s face. Only 600 of these were released before the design was changed to make the face more clearly visible.

One of the original coins was recently listed for £3,000 on eBay. Oof.


The ‘New Pence’ 2p coin from 1983 – worth £650

If it’s from 1983 and says ‘New Pence’, you’re in the money (Picture: Royal Mint)

After British currency went decimal in 1971, all 2p coins in the UK had ‘New Pence’ on the reverse for about a decade. Then, in 1982, the Royal Mint decided to replace ‘New Pence’ with ‘Two Pence’.

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But in 1983 the Mint accidental produced a small number of 2p coins with the old inscription – ‘New Pence’.

Most are in special collectors’ sets now, but if you manage to find one that’s somehow made its way into circulation then it could be worth up to £650.

A dateless 20p coin from 2008 – worth £100

This 20p coin is worth around £100

When the 20p piece was redesigned in 2008, the Royal Mint decided to switch the date from the back of the coin to the front.

Alas! A printing error at the Mint combined the old and new designs, and somewhere between 50,000 to 200,000 coins were produced without any date on them.

They were put into circulation before anyone noticed the mistake – and now they sell for up to £100 per coin, 500 times its original value – if it’s in mint condition of course.


A 50p coin commemorating the Council of Europe – worth £20

Only 109,000 of the EC coins were put out (Picture: Royal Mint)

In 1992 and 1993 the Royal Mint issued a special commemorative coin to mark the British presidency of the Council of Europe.

No mistakes were made, but they are rare – just 109,000 coins were issued, as opposed to the 12,000,000 that are usually put out, so they became collectible quite quickly.

The coins aren’t in circulation anymore because the size of the 50p piece was reduced in 1997. However, maybe you have an old one lurking in your piggy bank at home? If so, it’s worth around £20.

The Guy Fawkes £2 coin with a conspicuous mistake – worth £16

Pemember, pemember… (Picture: Royal Mint)

Hey, all profit is profit, right? And a coin worth eight times its original value is not to be sneered at.

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The special Guy Fawkes £2 coin was released in 2005 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the gun powder plot to blow up the Houses of Parliament.

The coins were supposed to be inscribed with ‘Remember, Remember’ (from the rhyme about the fifth of November).

However, some went a bit… wrong. They were instead released into circulation with the inscription ‘Pemember, Pemember’.

Find one and get £16 for it on eBay – or just keep it around to laugh at. Either way.

Two £2 coins for the Mary Rose and the King James Bible – worth £6

Woohoo, they’re worth three times their initial value (Picture: Royal Mint)

These two different designs for £2 coins were released in 2011, in limited editions of 20,000 each, to mark the 500th anniversary of the Mary Rose, and the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible.

Yeah… it’s no lottery win, but you’re broke – and the small circulation mean the value is expected to keep on rising.


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