50p coin paying tribute to Girl Guides sells on eBay for £400 because it has ‘printing error’
- The 50p coin was minted in 2010 to celebrate 100 years of the Girl Guides
- It is not known what exactly the alleged printing error the seller mentioned was
- The coin sold for £400 because of an error but the coin is usually worth £4
A 50p coin has sold on eBay for £400 because the Girl Guides tribute had an alleged ‘printing error’.
The coin was released in 2010 to celebrate 100 years of the Girl Guides and features the famous three-leaf ‘trefoil’ logo – a symbol of the guides’ three-fold promise.
The seller wrote: ‘A rare 50 pence Coin – Girls Guidance 2010 – Royal Mint Error coin.’
It is not known what the error actually is, and coins expert Change Checker told The Mirror no official error had been recorded.
A normal version of the girl guiding 50p is worth £4 because there are more than 7.4million in circulation.
The rarest 50p featured Kew Gardens. Some 210,000 were minted in 2009.
The coin (pictured) was released in 2010 to celebrate 100 years of the Girl Guides and features the famous three-leaf ‘trefoil’ logo – a symbol of the guides’ three-fold promise
Another girl guiding 50p sold on eBay for more than 164,900 per cent its value in 2018. The coin, which supposedly also had an error, was bought for £825.
The seller wrote: ‘An Extremely Rare 50p 2010 coin. UNIQUE Mis-shapen bottem left star and centre dipressed star is a PERFECT star shape in centre small clover – this is not PERFECT on all coins, it is also a sign of authenticity.
‘One of the rarest and most valuable 50p coins in circulation.’
The value of a rare 50p coin is measured on the scarcity index at changechecker.org, which tracks which circulating coins are the most collectable.
According to The Sun, one rare 50p coin, the Battle of Hastings design, sold for £5,000 on Ebay.
Generally, the rarer the coin, the more valuable it is, according to the experts at changechecker.org.
The value of rare 50p coin is measured on the scarcity index at changechecker.org, which tracks which circulating coins are the most collectable
As new coins are released and popularity rises and falls across different designs, change checker tracks the relative performance of the coins.
The 2012 Olympic tennis 50p is the sixth rarest currently in circulation – and is worth up to £5.50 online or 10 times its face value, The Sun previously reported.
The 2012 Olympics football 50p is second on the list. It can be found on Ebay for around £3.50 but is worth more when sold on eBay as part of a collection.
With a score of 14, Jeremy Fisher is currently the third rarest Beatrix Potter coin behind Jemima Puddle-Duck and Tom Kitten. It is selling for between £6.50 to £9.
The Sir Isaac Newton 50p coin, introduced into circulation in September, is valuable to collectors due to the small number of them.
The highest price paid for the Sir Isaac Newton coin is £120 – although it has been listed for thousands of pounds.
What to do if you have a rare coin
Make sure the coin is legitimate and not counterfeit.
The Royal Mint 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.
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