Rare 50p coin sells for £790 and there’s more

A very rare 50p coin has sold on eBay for a staggering £790 after a tense bidding war.

The piece was released in 2019 and features the Gruffalo from the children’s book of the same name. The coin was struck in 22 karat gold and only 600 of the coins were produced.

Royal Mint lists the coin for £1,020 on its website. However, there are currently none in stock.

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Last week, a lucky eBay seller received £790 for his after the listing sparked a 30-way bidding war. The item was listed as “The Gruffalo 2019 UK 50p Gold Proof Coin Very Rare Limited 600 ONLY MADE…MINT”.

From a starting price of just £0.99, bidding quickly spiked. The coin was sold for around 1580 times its face value.

It’s always worth checking your change for some of the rarest coins in circulation in the UK. Earlier this month, one lucky person sold a rare 50p coin for £175.

The commemorative 50p Gruffalo coin that was minted in 2019

The coin was launched in 2009 to mark 250 years since Kew Gardens opened in 1759 and the Royal Mint estimate of around 210,000 was made. It features the famous Chinese Pagoda of the Royal Botanic Garden on the tail side with the Queen’s face as usual on the other.

If you find a Kew Gardens 50p in your change soon, the first thing to do is check the date on it. Indeed, the Royal Mint reissued a batch of coins in 2019 to celebrate 50 years of the 50p – and this version doesn’t tend to sell as much.

But you could still have an exciting payday if you find one, as they can sell for £70-80 on eBay.

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