Ultra rare Blue Peter 50p coin designed to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games in London sells for more than 400 times its face value… how much is yours worth?
- A rare 50p coin has sold for £207.27 – more than 400 times its face value
- The Blue Peter coin was designed to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games
- READ MORE: How your 50 pence piece could be worth THOUSANDS
An ultra rare Blue Peter 50p coin, designed to celebrate the 2012 Olympic Games, has sold for more than 400 times its face value.
The commemorative coin was issued in 2009, ahead of the London Olympics in 2012 and it was only the 17th design to appear on the UK’s 50p.
It was designed by nine year-old Florence Jackson, who won a Blue Peter competition, out of over 17,000 entries – she was the first child to ever work with the Royal Mint to design a UK coin.
The drawing that made it onto the coin depicts a the high-jump, celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic sport of Athletics.
The rare piece of history recently sold for a whopping £207.27, after racking up eight bids on eBay, The Sun reports.
The drawing that made it onto the coin depicts a the high-jump, celebrating the Olympic and Paralympic sport of Athletics
The commemorative coin was issued in 2009, ahead of the London Olympics in 2012 and it was only the 17th design to appear on the UK’s 50p
What to do if you have a rare coin
Make sure the coin is legitimate and not counterfeit.
The Royal Mind states around one in every four old £1 coins were thought to be fake.
The Royal Mint can confirm whether a coin is real or not and will supply you with a letter to confirm this.
If the coin is real, you can either sell it through a coin dealer, at auction or on eBay.
This is more than 400 times it’s original selling price, as coin collectors are dying to get their hands on the ultra rare find.
Roughly 2.2 million of the coins were released into circulation in 2011, and now they go for a whopping price on retailers like eBay.
The commemorative coins initially sold for £1.09 as collectors items – now the prices have shot up into the hundreds.
Another lucky person who had the 50p, sold it for £256.86, over 500 times it’s original price.
Right now, all you have to do is search for the coin on eBay and you will see listings that go up to £399 – with fans paying more if it’s in it’s original packaging.
One that’s currently up for sale in it’s original packaging, has four bids with the highest being £215 at the time of writing.
Florence’s fifty pence piece was part of a series of 29 officially licensed London 2012 50p coins, designed by the nation and it also features the London 2012 logo.
With a distinct design, it will be easy for Brits to find in their pocket change.
Other rare 50p designs include the Kew Gardens design, which if you are lucky enough to have one, could fetch up to £10,000 on eBay.
It has a mintage of just 210,000 and is the most requested swap.
Also on the list is another coin from the same collection as Florence’s – a Judo 2012 Olympics coin, with scores a scarcity index of 90.
It’s followed by the Flopsy Bunny 50p, which is listed on eBay for just under £1,000.
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