Published On: Mon, Jun 17th, 2019

eBay: ’Rare’ battle of hastings 50p coin selling for £1,900 – is it worth it?

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For those looking for rare coins, eBay has become the place to go. A huge number of sellers have listed coins on the auction site at extremely high prices, with sets going for even more. Recently, a Battle of Hastings 50p coin was put up for sale. Branded “rare’ by its current owner, the seller – “admw5” suggested a starting price of £1,900. So how rare is it? The Battle of Hastings 50p coin is one of the most sought after in circulation, but it’s not technically rare.

It was created to remember the day when King Harold II was defeated by William the Conqueror, leading to the collapse of the English army.

The Battle of Hastings was fought on the 14th of October 1066 between the French Army, led by Duke William II, and the English Army led by King Harold.

King Harold was eventually defeated by William who then became known as William the Conqueror; he was crowned the first Norman King of Great Britain.

The coin, which commemorates the 1066 battle, was printed by the Royal Mint in 2016 when it first entered circulation.

Issued in 2016 to mark 950 years since this legendary battle, the reverse design of this 50p by John Bergdahl was inspired by the Bayeux Tapestry.

Is it worth its selling price?

Although not particularly rare – there are around 6.7 million of them about -Battle of Hastings 50p coins are known to sell for huge fees, with some going for as much as £3000.

Phil Mussell and the production team at Coin News Magazine have issued a warning in their guide Spend it? Save it? What should you do?, which was released in association with the Royal Mint.

They advise that it’s up to the seller as to how much they put the item up for sale for.

And, astonishingly high price tags can make more affordable listings seem much more appealing.

But, more often than not, the coins aren’t even worth that, so the buyer still ends up paying more than it is worth.

Another 50p coin is being sold for £3500. An ‘extremely rare’ Paddington Bear 50p piece has been put up for sale on eBay by user “arisef62”, however, it might not be as rare it appears.

They user labelled the coin as “extremely rare 50p coin UK” and revealed it was issued in 2018.

As well as forking out a whopping £3500 to get the coin, potential buyers would need to pay an extra £1.50 to see the coin delivered by first class large letter.

The coin on offer is the Paddington Bear “Paddington at the Station” 50p released in October 2018.

This coin was part of a selection of fifty pence pieces released to commemorate 60-years since the bear’s first adventure.

However , there is little information on the scarcity of the coin, and its low valuation suggests it may not be very rare.

Which are the rarest £1, £2, 50p, 20p, 10p and 2p coins?

Rarest £2 coins

The rarest £2 coin is the 2002 Commonwealth Games NI coin with 485,500 in circulation. This is followed by the 2002 Commonwealth Games Wales which has 588,500 in circulation.

Next up is the 2015 Navy, and there are 650,000 in circulation.

Rarest £1 coins

The most rare £1 coins are all part of a series celebrating the British capitals.

The rarest of these is the 2011 Edinburgh coin, with 935,000 in circulation. Of the 2011 Cardiff coins there are 1,615,000 in circulation, while the 2010 London coin has 2,635,000 in circulation.

Rarest 50p coin

The rarest 50p coin is the Kew Gardens coin, which is also the rarest coin in circulation. It there were only 210,000 minted.

The football Olympic 50p coin has 1,125,500 in circulation, and the wrestling coin has 1,129,500 in circulation.

It is not so easy to evaluate the rarest 20p coins, 10p coins and even 2p coins as exact circulation figures are not known.

However, various versions of the coins are known to sell for large sums.

These include the dateless 20ps, which are actually part of a run from 2008. There may be between 50,000 and 200,000 of these coins in circulation.

The 1983 ‘New Pence’ 2p coin can also sell for a huge sum, up to £650.

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