THE rarest 10p coins have been revealed by experts - and some are selling for 175 times their face value.Coin website Change Checker has updated its s
THE rarest 10p coins have been revealed by experts – and some are selling for 175 times their face value.
Coin website Change Checker has updated its scarcity index, which reveals what UK coins are most sought-after.
In terms of 10ps, the rarest is still the A to Z 10p collection, which was a release of 26 coins – one for each letter of the alphabet – to celebrate the best of British.
Themes on the coins include Brit favs such as James Bond, a cup of tea, cricket and fish and chips.
But the collection is still sought-after by coin hunters, with collectors desperate to complete the alphabet.
Is your small change worth a fortune?
IF you think that you might have a rare coin then you might be able to make a real mint.
The most valuable coins are usually those with a low mintage or an error.
These are often deemed the most valuable by collectors.
You should check how much the coin is selling for on eBay.
Search the full name of the coin, select the “sold” listing and then toggle the search to “highest value”.
It will give you an idea of the amount of money that the coin is going for.
You can either choose to sell the coin on eBay or through a specialist such as ChangeChecker.org.
If you choose the auction website then remember to set a minimum price that is higher or at the very least equal to the face value of the coin.
Even if your coin “sells” on eBay for a high price there’s no guarantee that the buyer will cough up.
It its terms and conditions, the auction website states that bidders enter a “legally binding contract to purchase an item”, but there’s no way to enforce this rule in reality.
The most eBay can do is add a note to their account for the unpaid item or remove their ability to bid and buy.
We’ve rounded up the top six rarest 10ps from the A to Z collection and checked eBay to see how much they could fetch you.
It’s worth keeping an eye out as these have all been circulated, so you should find one in your spare change.
The below prices are based on uncirculated coins – so ones you could find in your purse – that have sold by auction on eBay.
Circulated versions will likely fetch you more as they’re in mint condition.
However, it’s worth remembering that a coin is really only worth what someone is willing to pay for it.
Y for Yeoman Warder 10p – £2.01
This coin features a yeoman warder on the tails side to celebrate the ceremonial guardians of the Tower of London who protect the British Crown Jewels.
Although it is top of the Change Checker scarcity list, there are other coins we’ve mentioned that sold for more on eBay.
The highest recent selling price we spotted on eBay for a circulated Y for Yeoman 10p was £2.01 – but that’s still 20 times its original face value.
There are around 283,000 of these coins in circulation.
Z for Zebra Crossing 10p – £3.41
Royal Mint released this coin to celebrate James Callaghan’s iconic black and white pedestrian crossing.
They have also become iconic in British culture thanks to the Beatles’ Abbey Road album, which shows all the members walking over a crossing.
On eBay, the best price for a recent sale of a circulated Z for Zebra Crossing 10p is £3.41.
Like the Y for Yeoman Warder coin, there are 283,000 of these in circulation.
R for Robin 10p – £17.50
It might be third on the list in terms of scacity, but the R for Robin 10p was spotted selling for a higher price that the other coins we’ve mentioned.
R for Robin features a wintery, snowflake background with a robin sitting inside the letter R.
We spotted one that fetched an impressive £17.50 on eBay after attracting 14 bids.
The listing doesn’t say if it is circulated or not, but the image shows the coin has heavy signs of wear and tear, which is usually a tell-tale sign.
There are more of these in circulation compared to Y for Yeoman Warder and Z for Zebra Crossing, with 284,000 in existence.
W for World Wide Web 10p – £13.27
Celebrating all things to do with the internet, this W for World Wide Web 10p features a cool spiderweb design.
It also could fetch you a small sum, with one recently selling for £13.27 on eBay.
Again, the seller didn’t say if it was circulated or not but there are scratches on the coin which suggests it has been.
There have been 283,000 of these coins minted in the past four years.
Q for Queue 10p – £4.09
They say us Brits love to queue, and this 10p coin plays homage to that.
The design shows ten people queuing in the middle of the letter Q.
When we searched recent eBay listings, one had sold for £4.09 after attracting four bids.
The coin shows signs of wear and tear, so it appears to be circulated although the listing doesn’t say for sure.
According to Change Checker, the circulating mintage for this coin is 303,000.
T for Tea 10p – £3.20
You’ll struggle to find a Brit who doesn’t love a cup of tea, and this coin celebrates the popular hot beverage.
On the front of the coin, you’ll see a steaming teapot next to the letter T.
An eBay listing with a circulated version recently fetched £3.20.
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