The Check Your Change Collectability scale

Collectability is a difficult thing to measure! People collect different things, different types of coins, different denominations, different themes etc. The Check Your Change Collectability/Rarity scale attempts to assign a number from 1 to 10 to denote collectability, based on price, rarity, perceived rarity (which is a bit different) and general demand. As the market develops and more information comes to light, it is perfectly possible that the Collectability rank of a coin could be adjusted in either direction.

The Scale:

1 – A coin that is usually readily available at or very near to face value.
2 – A coin with increased interest, but still usually inexpensive to buy.
3 – Slightly harder to find, but not particularly expensive to source.
4 – A little harder to find and often with lower than average mintage number.
5 – A coin that people currently pay many times face value for!
6 – A sought after coin, more expensive, often hard to find.
7 – Currently quite sought after.
8 – Currently very sought after.
9 – For serious collectors only, generally very rare or with high demand.
10 – Extremely rare or very high demand.

Factors

The Basics:

The value of any commodity is set by the relationship of the supply (or perceived supply) and the demand for it. It’s the same for coins. When the supply is greater than the demand values are low. When the demand far outstrips the supply (or the perceived supply), values are high.

Mintages:

The mintage is just a number. It doesn’t really matter if there were 100,000 or 10 million produced. If there are considerably less people than the total mintage that want that actual coin, then it theoretically should mean that values for all remain low. However, it’s not as simple as that, the perceived rarity and hype surrounding a coin plays a big part.

With the exception of the odd error coin (e.g. the mule 2p, or withdrawn Aquatics 50p) the coins of the UK are made in massive numbers! Often many millions, hundreds of millions or larger amounts. There are generally plenty to go round, plenty to spend and plenty for people that want to collect them. There does however seem to be a new psychological 1 million mintage boundary and it seems to lead to coins with a mintage of less than 1 million being more in demand than coins with mintages of multiple millions. It never used to bother collectors of decimal coins before, it simply wasn’t a factor until a couple of years ago, but although a mintage of hundreds of thousands is still plenty to go round (the numbers of serious decimal collectors isn’t that high), it does seem to be a phenomenon that is here to stay for the time being, as coins with mintage of 1 million or less consistently seem to change hands for more than face value, and this is reflected in the Collectability scale (and in the prices in the “Collectors’ Coins – Decimal Issues of the United Kingdom” book). It could also be true that the number of decimal coin collectors has genuinely increased over the last couple of years. Perhaps there really are 1 million people all looking for the same coin! The affect this will have on values and Collectability, well, we’ll see in time.

To demonstrate how meaningless the mintage number can sometimes be though, take for example the 1999 £2 coin with the standard Technology reverse – this coin has a massive mintage of over 38 million! Despite this, they are very difficult to find (in better than average condition), due to the fact that none of them were ever sold as uncirculated coins in sets and all of the 38 million were used and abused. Not many people thought of keeping one when they were still shiny in 1999.

Media:

There are companies that specialise in selling new coins. The Royal Mint itself is basically also just a company (at least it’s collector sales department is) albeit with the unique position that they have a state monopoly on the manufacture of UK coins and are viewed by many as holy. For the sellers of new coins, it’s in their best interest to hype up new coins and coins in general. They do this with press releases and other razzmatazz, which is mostly seen through as the marketing sales tactics that it inveritably is, but occasionally the main stream media will pick up on a ‘rare coin’ story, sometimes a genuine rare coin, but often something considerably more blurry and bam, prices of the particular coin go through the roof! The most significant example of this was in early 2009 concerning the dateless 20p mule. It was a genuine error coin, something quite interesting, but it was blown out of all proportion by massive media exposure. The Royal Mint released a statement and were always truthful and upfront, but I think the public only read the bits they wanted to read, and the reports of prices realised (many of which were not genuine sales) in the mainstream media caused a frenzy. During ‘peak frenzy’ the Collectability scale of the dateless 20p would have certainly been a 10, because there was a huge demand for that particular coin from people that had previously barely glanced at the coins they use every day. Once it started to die down and people noticed that there were hundreds of the error coins selling online every week, the coin became less desirable, the bubble burst and prices being paid decreased to a much more realistic level. Currently the coin is rated on the Collectability scale as a 4. The only way for it to rise from that level, as far as I can tell, would be if the demand drastically increased all of a sudden. That could be caused by renewed media exposure, but would it be a frenzy like last time? I doubt it, simply because many people probably learnt their lesson first time round.

There has been other media exposure for other coins since then, but one story that stood out recently was concerning HMS Belfast staff giving out the 2015 Royal Navy £2 in change to tourists. A big thing was made that only 100 were given out and that the portrait of the Queen would be changing soon, so none of the coins (that feature the older portrait) would be released for circulation. This was technically true, but is also a bit naughty as the story didn’t really make it clear that there were already thousands of coins, identical in every way, sold in packs or as part of annual sets of coins! For all we know, the staff at HMS Belfast may have run out of £2 coins for change on that day and may have decided to break open 100 Royal Mint coin packs containing the coin, as they simply weren’t selling well and they didn’t want to have to pay to send them back! There were some people advertising the coin in question as HMS Belfast coins, but this time round the public didn’t really fall for it, possibly because they’ve experienced the same kind of thing before and are more immune to it.

Bear in mind that for some genuine rarities that have never had any media exposure and/or have very few collectors, the coin’s Collectability scale can also be much lower than it really should be! There are some decimal coins that have low Collectability despite being really hard to find! For example, high grade (Uncirculated, or as-new) 2007 Slave trade £2 coins without the DG initials, Large head 1992 20 pence coins in uncirculated condition, some of the lesser known 10p and 1p varieties are also, it would seem, quite rare. There are it seems, very few collectors for whom such details are important.

New Issues:

When coins are new, there is a slightly increased demand for them because people like to be the first to get one (to be able to admire them and tuck them away in their collections!). For this reason the Collectability of the coins dated in the current year is always a little higher than similar coins from previous years. As soon as all the people that want one, have one, there is less demand and the Collectability decreases a little.

Comments

  1. Margaret
    2nd February 2016

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    I have a 2006 soldier carrying 50p coin

    • CYC-Admin
      4th February 2016

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      That’s one of the Victoria Cross commemorative coins, shown here http://www.checkyourchange.co.uk/50p-coins-in-circulation/2006-fifty-pence/

      • mary wilkins
        12th July 2016

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        I just got one of these 50p

        • Tammi
          19th April 2017

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          I have a 1994 pound coin is it rare? I don’t really get what it says on here with a lion on it

          • CYC-Admin
            19th April 2017

            No, it’s a very common one.

    • Christopher Russell
      23rd June 2016

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      I have a 2006 misstruck pound coin.seen by the royal mint and a letter to say it is genuine,is it rare

      • CYC-Admin
        23rd June 2016

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        It depends exactly what the problem is.

        • darren lightfoot
          1st September 2016

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          I have what i think is a mis minted 2014 Lord Kitchener £2 coin.
          From what i’ve read the dots around the Queens head are missing from a portion of the silver centre and the writing on side is upside down (should be readable with the queens head facing up)
          Is this of any value?

          • CYC-Admin
            2nd September 2016

            The writing is either up one way or the other (it’s random). The thing you describe with the dots becoming lost in the join of the 2 metals is also quite common across all of the recent £2 coins.

    • Megworthy
      13th January 2017

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      I have the exact coin in perfect condition and very shiny which I love. How much are they worth

    • Amanda Cartwright
      15th March 2017

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      I have 3 1971 New Pence 2p, I doubt they are worth anything but they all have the same numbers on (could they of come from a batch)? DG REG FD 1971

    • Shane
      6th May 2017

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      I Have a 1807 “An act for the abolition of the slave trade” £2 coin with the writing upside down when looking from the queens head

    • Judith Lear
      25th June 2017

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      me too, lovely but no value above face value surprisingly. It seems this kind of design was always collectable to the old generation esp who fought in the war, but now these people aren’t really around so much these days so the interest in this sort of design has almost gone. It is however as a collector of decimals, one of my favourites as it is so moving, and you may get above face value on Ebay, but why part with it for so little? Good luck. Judith

  2. Mike
    5th April 2016

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    I’ve got a 50p piece with Britannia on the back from 1998 any ideas if it is worth anything

    • CYC-Admin
      6th May 2016

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      Sorry for delayed answer. The answer is no, not really worth more than 50p in normal used condition.

  3. Anthony Webster
    6th May 2016

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    Got a Abolishment of slavery £2 coin, Need to look at it better but am I right in thinking that they are collectable to some?

    • CYC-Admin
      8th May 2016

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      Only if it’s one with the DG initial and in really super condition. And even then, most people don’t know how rare they are. In normal used condition it’s common and worth just face value.

    • CYC-Admin
      23rd May 2016

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      Only really in perfect (or very near so) condition.

  4. Jo
    11th May 2016

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    I’ve found three of the 1999 ‘standing on the shoulders of giants’ coins after my last shopping trip. Not in new condition sadly.

    • CYC-Admin
      23rd May 2016

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      Try finding one in perfect condition! They’re like hen’s teeth ‘as new’.

  5. Crystal
    14th May 2016

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    i have a numbered (#44119) (nickel/brass) 50th Anniversary of End of Second World War. The queen on one side, and dove of peace (“In Peace Goodwill”) uncirculated, coin. Face value is 2 pounds. Minted in London in 1995. Can you tell me what it is worth now?

    • CYC-Admin
      23rd May 2016

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      It would have been minted in Llantrissant, Wales. They weren’t ever officially numbered, so it is part of a coin and stamp set perhaps? Normally they are worth around £5 I think.

  6. Jan
    17th May 2016

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    I have a £2 2007 slave coin with DG. 3 VC1 and 2 VC2 all dated 2006.

    • CYC-Admin
      23rd May 2016

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      The slave coin is underrated, but only in perfect condition. If used they are quite common.

  7. T
    20th May 2016

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    I have got a scout fifty pence from 2007 what is it worth ?

  8. Kyro
    24th May 2016

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    I have a 1989 20p is it worth anything ?

  9. Wendy Findeisen
    30th May 2016

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    I have a Battle of Britain coin with no denomination….could it be worth something?

  10. Z
    30th May 2016

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    I have a old 5p coin from 1979 got
    DG.REG.F.D! Is it worth anything?

  11. Michelle
    30th May 2016

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    Hello I have a 1998 2pound coin but the queens head is on the reverse side I’ve checked it against 2pounds same year and it’s back to front I have read up on it and it says they changed the 2 pound coin in 1998 so I think it’s a minting error

    • CYC-Admin
      2nd June 2016

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      Not really sure what you mean.

    • David Radford
      7th February 2017

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      Hi Michelle I’m a coin collector like yourself and have recently found a 2003 £2 pound coin in my change where the silver middle section with queens head is, is showing where the date is, in the brass outer part, and the silver technology design is facing out where the Queen Elizabeth II writing legend is situated on the coin, so is the wrong way around does this sound like the coin you’ve found ? I don’t know if its an error as in a miss strike and I don’t know if its worth anything I just put it in my folder for the novelty factor. Did you find out if yours had any value or not ?
      Regards Dave

      • CYC-Admin
        8th February 2017

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        Sounds very much like someone has pushed out the middle and put it back in the wrong way round.

  12. Yas
    30th May 2016

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    I have a Kew Gardens 50p coin, any idea on its value?

  13. Peter emmerson
    31st May 2016

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    I have a benjamin brittin 50p and florence nightingale £2 coin are these worth anything?

    • CYC-Admin
      2nd June 2016

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      Not, in used condition they aren’t worth more than face value (despite the usual waste of time chancers on a certain internet auction site).

  14. WobblyFox
    31st May 2016

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    I have a 50 p coin saying 29 JAN 1856 VC FIFTY PENCE 2006, is that worth anything? I’ve seen the same coin going for 3.2k, 650£, 100£ and even fliping £1.80 on ebay… I don’t know which price to believe is real.

    • CYC-Admin
      2nd June 2016

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      From change, in normal used condition it’s worth 50p. The Royal Mint did also make other versions in special boxes for profit, but asking prices are one thing on ebay, what things genuinely sell for is another.

  15. will
    2nd June 2016

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    i have a one penny 1998 black out

  16. matty plummer
    3rd June 2016

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    I have a 2014 flax £1 coin. Please could u tell me whether it is worth anything?

  17. Georgia
    5th June 2016

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    I have a battle of britan 50p with 1940 on the bottom is it worth anything?

  18. Shane
    7th June 2016

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    I have a magna carta £2 1215 – 2015 is it worth anything?

    • CYC-Admin
      8th June 2016

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      To the right person yes, as I don’t think they have appeared widely in circulation yet.

    • CYC-Admin
      10th June 2016

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      And, interestingly the circulation coins have the 5th portrait of the Queen. The coins in sets were 4th portrait.

      • David S
        10th May 2017

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        Hi, did the proof coins still have the edge writing? I have a magna carta 2015 coin, with the ‘frosted’ finish common to proof coins, but it has no edge writing, is it a fake?

        • CYC-Admin
          10th May 2017

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          Sounds like a fake as they are known to appear ‘proof-like’ and have no edge writing. Also I think the edges are a bit coarser than they should be.

  19. Glen davis
    12th June 2016

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    I have an 1844 victorian penny I have took it to one coin dealer he was very interested and said there was a signature on it,he offered me £50 but I said no, can you give me some advice of what I should do with it.
    Glen

  20. Peter
    14th June 2016

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    Hi, i have 2 50p coins with a rabbit… Is it worth anything? If it is, Will it be worth more money in the future? I Also have a 1983 50p coin which is bigger than the ones in circulation now, would that be worth anything?
    Thanks

    • CYC-Admin
      16th June 2016

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      The rabbit coins are turning up a lot lately and are only worth more than 50p to people that really want one and can’t find one themselves. All 50p coins were larger from 1969 to 1997 and the 1983 coin is a very common one, so only worth face value unless in as-new condition.

  21. Christina
    14th June 2016

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    I have a Magna Carta £2 coin is it worth anything?

    • CYC-Admin
      16th June 2016

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      Those appearing in circulation now are currently worth more than face value as people want one as quick as possible. As they start to appear more often the values are likely to go down to face value. The writing on the edge can be up either way (it’s random).

  22. Christina
    15th June 2016

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    And the writing on the side is upside down

  23. margaret
    15th June 2016

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    I just found a 2014 pound coin with shield of the royal arms with northern Ireland and Scotland on it, would this be of any value

  24. Beckett100
    16th June 2016

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    I have a 2015 £2 standard coin, however the centre hologram on the reverse appears much more raised than other standard coins and the edge is heavily milled with no writing.
    Could this be a fake or an anomaly?

    • CYC-Admin
      16th June 2016

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      The absence of writing on edges where there should be writing is usually a good indicator of a Chinese made forgery.

  25. Ben
    17th June 2016

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    I have a 2010 10p with no milling on the edges. Worth anything?

  26. Damo
    20th June 2016

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    Hi I have an Olympic 2011 50p with the jousting on the back just woundering is it worth anything or am I out of look this time haha thanks

    • CYC-Admin
      20th June 2016

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      Not quite sure which one you mean as I don’t think jousting is an Olympic sport! If it’s 1 on the collectability scale then it’s likely to just be a face value coin.

  27. Kirsty
    22nd June 2016

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    I have a Charles Darwin £2 coin and 1st World War your country needs you £2 coin. Are they worth anything more than face value?

  28. Kaybe
    22nd June 2016

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    Hi,
    I have a 1996 football design £2. Are these rare and if so is it worth more than face value?
    Thanks.

  29. Michaela ankers
    24th June 2016

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    I have a selection of 50p coins and £2 coins are any of them worth more than face value?…trinity house £2? The same £2 coin as you have as a profile picture? And the first world war
    19.14-1918 £2 coin?.
    Wwf 2011 50p?…
    olympics horse riding 50p?…
    Christianity in mann 50p?…..
    Soldior carrying another soldior 50p…
    Benjamin britten 50p…
    VC 50p 2006? Thankyou for taking the time out to help us all x

    • CYC-Admin
      24th June 2016

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      The new Britannia £2 is new enough for you to get more than face value from someone who doesn’t have it yet and isn’t patient enough to wait. The rest are fv, but I’m not sure in the Isle of Man one as those aren’t my thing.

  30. david w
    28th June 2016

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    hi are the 2007 2004 2005 1 pound coins with bridges on worth keeping?

    • CYC-Admin
      28th June 2016

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      All of the round £1 coins will be disappearing soon so there may be a little more interest in them, but I think once everyone that wants one has one, certainly coins in used condition won’t really attract much of a premium. Unless the media and the usual pump and dump sellers of modern coins stir things a bit!

  31. N
    28th June 2016

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    I hav the £2 coin 1975 Robert burns with quotation, is it worth anything? It still looks in good condition,

    • CYC-Admin
      28th June 2016

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      Yes, they can sell for a little more than face value, at least they were last time I looked, even though they are not particularly scarce.

  32. Darren
    3rd July 2016

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    I have a £5 note with a young looking Elizabeth 2nd and The Duke of Wellington on reverse. Is it worth anything or should I just hang on to it..

    • CYC-Admin
      5th July 2016

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      Depends on condition. If it’s quite used/creased etc then it’s only ever likely to be worth £5.

  33. mark
    3rd July 2016

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    I have a 2016 10p coin, (nothing special you might think) However, this one looks like it hasn’t been struck properly; the lower part of the reverse is quite feint and the front is slightly off-centre.
    Would it be considered ‘collectable’?

    • CYC-Admin
      5th July 2016

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      It really depends how severe the error is. Minor errors are fairly common with modern coins and are not usually worth than a couple of quid (or however much someone is willing to pay for it).

  34. chelsea paige
    6th July 2016

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    hi, I have a 2006 50p with a solider carrying another soldier, is it worth anything, thank you

  35. tracy
    8th July 2016

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    Hi, i have a 2014 part section of shield 50 pence with one full lion, and one lion with just the front feet is it worth anything, thanks

    • CYC-Admin
      11th July 2016

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      Errors are difficult to value as there aren’t that many people that seriously collect them, it always depends on the severity of the error and to be honest in recent years they seem to be becoming more common.

  36. steve critcher
    11th July 2016

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    just had one of these £2 magna carta coins, has the right date and the words on the edge… odd to get one in my change.. its very shiny

    • CYC-Admin
      11th July 2016

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      The Magna Carta coins (with 5th portrait of the Queen) are starting to appear in circulation now.

  37. Eilidh
    14th July 2016

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    I’ve got a Magna Carta coin, but the date is 1215 – 2016? Error, or fake? Thanks!

    • CYC-Admin
      14th July 2016

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      I’ve certainly heard about Chinese fakes with the wrong date like that.

  38. andy
    14th July 2016

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    hi,with the £1 becoming obslolete, would it worth collecting them , and having every yr to date b4 the new ones come into circulation?

    • CYC-Admin
      15th July 2016

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      There may be some increased interest in them when the current ones get withdrawn, but for most (or all) there are generally enough in the sets and packs to go round – at least there should be, but you never know what can happen when media hype gets involved!

  39. Nigel
    19th July 2016

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    I have a 2014 10p piece with 2 lions in the middle with a square box around them.On the back is the Queens head with Elizabeth 11D.G.
    REG.F.D.2014 around the edge.
    Worth anything of value ??

  40. gareth
    24th July 2016

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    Hiya iv got a 2015 £2 magna Carta with upside down writing in extremely good condition is it worth anything thanks

    • CYC-Admin
      26th July 2016

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      If you mean the writing on the edge, that’s normal. It’s random, they either end up one way or the other.

  41. sean donnelly
    3rd August 2016

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    I’ve a £2 Charles Dickens coin. Mis-minted. Around the edge it reads, “SOMETHING WIII TURN UP.”. WIII as opposed to WILL.
    On front, the circle of dots on the outer silver edge are all but missing.

    • CYC-Admin
      9th August 2016

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      Both problems are quite common on modern £2 coins. Interesting, but hard to find someone willing to pay more than face value.

  42. Fred Lynch.
    11th August 2016

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    The 2015 fifty pence piece,I have two different placements for the date. Is this a normal event or is one of them a rarity?.

    • CYC-Admin
      11th August 2016

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      In the Royal Mint folder? The spaces are probably for the normal shield back coin and the Battle of Britain coin (with 5th portrait). There were others that year but they may not circulate.

    • CYC-Admin
      22nd August 2016

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      Is it the Battle of Britain coin? If so, that’s normal. One has the 4th portrait of the Queen, the other has the 5th and the date position is different.

  43. Lisa
    11th August 2016

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    Hi. Could you please tell me if my 1pound coin 2007 Gibraltar with Skull NM 1848. With no writing around the Rim of coin Is worth anything Please..It is a Circulated coin..Thank you.

  44. Beverley bunch
    11th August 2016

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    I have two one pound coins I think they are Olympic ones one is Ireland and the other is England or common wealth games and a two pound coin of brunel but the dots around the queens head goes from silver to gold it’s not the man’s head one but the one that says brunel

    • CYC-Admin
      22nd August 2016

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      If you mean the 2012 coins with the little flags then both NI and England do tend to be worth more than face value. Any coins with problems concerning the dots being lost in the gap or overlapping etc are fairly common and there isn’t usually much interest for them.

  45. Lisa
    14th August 2016

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    I have 2 £2 coins, one is Trinity House 2014 but looks new, as in shiny, and the other is the 1999 Rugby World Cup, are they worth anything?

  46. Sarah
    15th August 2016

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    I have a Belfast 1 pound coin is this coin worth keeping hold of thanks for readin

    • CYC-Admin
      22nd August 2016

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      The 2010 Belfast £1 is very common in normal used condition. Personally I think I’d spend it!

  47. steve johnson
    21st August 2016

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    Is the Peter rabbit 2016 50p coin worth much(in complete mint condition

    • CYC-Admin
      22nd August 2016

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      No, as it’s common to find in circulation and also exists in BU coin packs.

  48. Steven
    21st August 2016

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    So the 2015 magna carta £2 is worth face value?

    What about the 2003 DNA double helix £2?

  49. JAMES LANE
    22nd August 2016

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    HI, I HAVE A £2 LONDON TO RIO COIN IN EXCELLENT CONDITION WITH THE WORDS WRITTEN ON THE SIDE WHICH ARE IN FACT UPSIDE DOWN, IS THIS COMMON? I HAVE TRAWLED EVERYWHERE AND NOT FOUND ANOTHER COIN FOR SALE??

    • CYC-Admin
      23rd August 2016

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      They’re either up one way or the other, it’s completely random how they turn out.

  50. TheCosplsyerMoka
    23rd August 2016

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    How much it worth for the 1820 Florence nightingale 1910 and it’s a 2010 coin owo

    Is it rare and how much it worth?

  51. tracy parkman
    24th August 2016

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    I have £2 coin dated 2007 with 1807 with the 0 formed as a chain link without the DG after it is it worth anything please?

    • CYC-Admin
      26th August 2016

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      In normal used condition, no, just £2. They are quite scarce in perfect as-new condition.

  52. Lee
    25th August 2016

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    Hi i have a 2015 the battle of Britain 50p coin mint condition is it worth anymore than face value

  53. Miss Ashleigh
    29th August 2016

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    Hello I have a twenty pence from 2003 but the zero next to the three is not stamped correctly there is just an out side edge no inside to the zero could it be rare???

    • CYC-Admin
      31st August 2016

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      Probably the 0 in the die was blocked with grease or something. It seems to happen a lot these days. An interesting curio but probably not worth very much, perhaps a couple of pounds at a guess.

  54. Aaron M
    4th September 2016

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    I have a Battle of Britain 1940 coin from 2015 (the 50p ones)… Are these worth anything now? And will the value/worth increase or decrease with time?? Thanks… Aaron

    • CYC-Admin
      4th September 2016

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      They are common now (the coins from circulation with the 5th portrait) and I think they’ll remain so. It’s a high mintage coin.

  55. CC
    7th September 2016

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    Hello, I have a 2014 10p coin with a little of the ‘1’ and most of the ‘4’ missing. The text is largely distorted/wider than it should be. Then on the obverse at the bottom of the coin there is a large section of clear metal which is appears to have distorted the date text on the other side.

    It doesn’t appear to be a fake (but could be) as I have a regular 2014 10p coin to compare it with.

    Could it be rare?

  56. mark wakerly
    8th September 2016

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    Hi I hsve a 1999 £5 coin with anno domini on the back with a picture of the british isles, is this worth anything.

    I also have 3 £1 notes, the green ones before the pound coin come out, they are in mint condition – are they worth anything

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      9th September 2016

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      Probably slightly more than face value for the £5 coin, but they are sometimes not all that easy to sell. If not in perfect condition it’s often easier to take it to your bank and pay it in as £5. The notes are probably worth a couple of quid each.

  57. Mathew
    9th September 2016

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    I have a 2011 WWF 50p coin and was wondering if its worth anything?

  58. r
    13th September 2016

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    I have a team GB 50p (2016) this worth much?

  59. Mazizan
    22nd September 2016

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    Hi
    I try to find some explanation about 2015 2pound britannia coins. I have one with up-side down words printed on the milling edge. Ive notice that the phares should vertically position with britannia image on top but this coin facing other way round. Hope to hear your feedback.

    • CYC-Admin
      23rd September 2016

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      That’s normal. For all coins with writing on the edge, it’s either up one way or the other. Completely random.

      • Mazizan
        23rd September 2016

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        Thank you for your thought.

  60. Maria
    9th October 2016

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    Can you tell me were there any bronze coloured 10p minted dated 2005 please
    Thank you

  61. Maria
    9th October 2016

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    It was in with my copper change as I thought it was a 2p but on closer inspection it actually has Ten Pence on the back … I’ve tried cleaning it but the dark colour doesn’t come off…. Just wondered!!!
    Thank you
    Maria

  62. Imogen
    9th October 2016

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    Hello, I’ve got a 2003 Suffragette 50 pence piece, and was wondering if it was worth anything? I’ve read lots of conflicting things! Many thanks

    • CYC-Admin
      9th October 2016

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      It should be worth 50p, but word is now out that it’s something special and the going rate seems to be around £2 for one out of circulation!

  63. mary
    9th October 2016

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    I’ve got £2.00 coin with thistle on back dated 1986 no date on reverse with queens head… is it rare..??

  64. Charlie
    11th October 2016

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    Hi I have a Excellent condition 2016 Peter Rabbit coin, 6 whiskers on the right, 5 on the left. I have been told it’s worth about £5, is this true? Thanks

    • CYC-Admin
      12th October 2016

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      No, that’s the normal whiskers. The die break whisker coin has an extra partially formed whisker on the right.

  65. Steven
    12th October 2016

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    I have THE BATTLE of BRITAIN 1940, 2015 Elizabeth ll D.G.REG. 50 pence coin, common or rare?

  66. Krists
    13th October 2016

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    Hi.I have lots of 2p coints from 1971 – 1981.Just want to find out if they worth anything.Tnx

  67. shaun
    19th October 2016

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    Hi I have a £2 magna carta but there are no dots around the queen and she seems to be wearing a different crown from other magna carta coins is it worth keeping?

    • CYC-Admin
      20th October 2016

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      There are 2 different obverses for that coin. One with the Queens 4th portrait (by Ian Rank-Broadley) and the 5th portrait by Jody Clark. That might explain the differences. Originally the 4th portrait coins were sold new only and didn’t get circulated.

  68. martin
    20th October 2016

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    I have a nhs 50th anniversary 50 pence from 1998, just wonderd if it was worth anything thanks.

  69. Helen Turrell
    21st October 2016

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    Is there any reason why WWF 50p’s are listed on ebay for such a huge difference in price?

    • CYC-Admin
      21st October 2016

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      Yes, people are trying it on after some recent (inaccurate) media coverage. They should be worth 50p but some people that want one and can’t find one are paying a couple of quid for used ones. To anyone that actually pays more … a fool and his money are soon parted.

  70. Russell
    25th October 2016

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    Hi i have 15 magna carta 2 pound coins are they worth anything in bulk

    • CYC-Admin
      25th October 2016

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      The problem these days is that the quality of new circulated coins is usually quite lacking. If they (or some of them) were free from marks, little scratches and other imperfections then I’d say you’d probably be able to sell them for more than face value, but I’ve never actually seen any really high standard Magna Carta £2 coins, apart from the other type in the year sets.

  71. Nicola
    26th October 2016

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    I’ve got a 10p coin and the front of the coin the writing is missing is that worth anything?

    • CYC-Admin
      26th October 2016

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      There are a number of things that could have caused that, most common is probably that the letters were blocked with grease of crud when it was made. It’s probably worth more than 10p, but not a huge amount.

  72. Mick
    31st October 2016

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    I have a britannia 2015 £2 coin with incorrect alignment. Sent you a mirror image but haven’t heard back. Is it worth keeping?

    • CYC-Admin
      2nd November 2016

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      Don’t remember seeing that. They are certainly worth keeping, it’s a very interesting error.

  73. Mike
    6th November 2016

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    Hi. You described the £2 britannia with incorrect alignment as possibly scarce (if in fact there are not many about), taking all things into consideration, where would you place it on your collectibility scale 1 to 10. Many thanks.

    • CYC-Admin
      6th November 2016

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      Going on what I know has been paid for 2 different examples I’d say it was probably a 5. There are probably lots of them out there but the number is likely to be a very small proportion of the total made.

  74. Justin
    10th November 2016

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    I know the Peter Rabbit 50p coins (no colour inlay) are pretty easy to get hold of now, but what about the Mrs Tiggy-Winkle one’s. Ive not seen or heard of anyone whos had one of these. Are they rare and if so where would they fit on the collectable table?

    • CYC-Admin
      10th November 2016

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      The Tiggy-Winkle coins are just starting to appear in circulation (as are Jemina Puddle-Duck) so they should both be quite common soon.

  75. Vanessa Robinson
    11th November 2016

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    Hello, I’m a bit confused. I have a 2006 Egyptian arch pound coin & it has a missprinted ‘E’ in the word ‘one’.
    Some are on sale for a couple of hundred pounds (not saying they will sell at that) & others are going for £15.
    Would you be able to advise me please on if this is worth anything?
    Thank you.

    • CYC-Admin
      11th November 2016

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      What’s wrong with the E on it exactly? The standard of modern circulating coins isn’t that great and there are lots of minor errors that come to light. The media-fuelled obsession with errors (just because some more spectacular errors do sell for higher sums) means that everyone thinks minor errors are very sought after and valuable, hence people trying it on with eBay silliness. And I think that has actually caused ill informed people to very often pay more than they should for such minor mass-production mishaps.

  76. Steve johnson
    18th November 2016

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    Are the WWF 50p or girl guide 50p worth anything in mint condition…many thanks

    • CYC-Admin
      18th November 2016

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      In mint condition all of the coins are worth more than face value.

  77. Steven
    18th November 2016

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    Hi I have a 2 pound coin 1986 commonwealth Scotland coin 1 metal I think is it worth more than 2 cheers

    • CYC-Admin
      26th November 2016

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      Yes, but not a lot more than £2 usually unless in perfect condition.

  78. SHARON
    23rd November 2016

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    i have FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE TWO POUND WITH THE WRITING ROUND THE OUTER RIM WITH THE LETTERS BACK TO FRON AND UPSIDE DOWN

    • CYC-Admin
      26th November 2016

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      That’s normal. The orientation and position of the edge writing on all coins is completely random. If the letters are actually inverted then it is likely to be a forgery.

  79. Mervyn
    25th November 2016

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    Hi I have a 1945-2005 st Paul’s cathedral £2 coin…. is this worth anything as I’ve heard mixed reports?

    • CYC-Admin
      26th November 2016

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      All I’ve heard is that it’s worth £2 (in normal used condition).

  80. ryan
    25th November 2016

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    i have got a £2 from 2015 and it has on the back on it the frist world war 1914- 1918 its butiful and it says on the side the sure shield of britain how much i it worth

    • CYC-Admin
      26th November 2016

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      It should be worth £2, but people that don’t have one may be willing to pay more.

  81. Sarah
    26th November 2016

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    Hi, I have got 3 lovely shiny navy world war 1 £2 coins 2015. Are these worth keeping hold of? Thanks very much

    • CYC-Admin
      26th November 2016

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      It all depends if you want to keep hold of them or not. I don’t think they are likely to suddenly shoot up in value.

  82. Steve johnson
    26th November 2016

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    I’ve picked up a new Olympic swimming 2016 50p coin…is it rare or have they come back into circulation… Thanks

    • CYC-Admin
      27th November 2016

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      It dos show a swimmer, but it’s actually a general ‘Team GB’ coin. They are appearing in circulation.

    • CYC-Admin
      27th November 2016

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      It does show a swimmer, but it’s actually a general ‘Team GB’ coin. They are appearing in circulation.

  83. Patrick
    2nd December 2016

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    I have got a blue wallet with
    1\2p 1p 2p 5p and 10p
    On the front of the wallet it says
    BRITAIN’S
    FIRST
    DECIMAL
    COINS
    Is it worth anything

    • CYC-Admin
      2nd December 2016

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      If the coins are still shiny and not sticky and brown/green from the decay of the PVC they tend to be worth £1 or so. A lot of them struggle to be worth more than face value as the PVC really isn’t good for the coins over the long term.

  84. jim
    2nd December 2016

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    Hi, can you tell me what is the best way to keep my coins? I have them wrapped in plastic bags (the circulated older ones), the newer ones are delivered in plastic bubbles or containers. Should I remove them from their delivery packaging or keep them in their packaging?
    I’m a little rattled by your comment to Patrick on 02/12/16. I thought I was doing well keeping them in what I’d consider vaccumed, but now you’ve said that and I’ve looked, I have noticed some discolouration!

    • CYC-Admin
      2nd December 2016

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      Modern packaging is usually free of PVC, it was only in the 60s-80s that coins were often housed in PVC. The toning is probably down to another factor. It’s odd how some coins tone in their original packaging and some don’t.

  85. Mrs Shunt
    9th December 2016

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    Hi, I have an unused 1689-1989 Tercentenary of the Bill of Rights £2 coin, would this have any value above face value please? Can I start planning for that 2 week all-inclusive to Barbados? 🙂

    • CYC-Admin
      9th December 2016

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      A little more than face value, but not a huge amount. I sold a dull one the other day on the facebook group for £2. Whether £2 or £4 or whatever, I’m afraid it’s not worth a life changing amount.

  86. Lisa Hooper
    9th December 2016

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    Hi I have a hms Belfast 2.00 coin there are no dots at all around the queens head and the wording is upside down from the queens head is this worth anythin

    • CYC-Admin
      11th December 2016

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      The dots often get lost in the join between the metals and the wording on the edge is random so can be up one way or the other.

  87. Eigirdas
    11th December 2016

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    I got 10p large size 1969

  88. RAY
    12th December 2016

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    I belong to an ordinary social club and so many are collecting coins now its amazing as before it was only me

  89. Jonathan
    13th December 2016

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    I have a mis-cut 2p coin and I’m wondering if it’s worth anything other than face value.

    My mother was working in a shop at the time the UK went decimal and this particular 2p coin was in with a bag of other new decimal 2p coins. She noticed that it had a small half-moon cut out the edge of the coin, presumably where the stamping cutter has caught it when it was minted.

    Would this have any value other than 2p?

    • CYC-Admin
      13th December 2016

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      Sounds like it’s a clipped flan. Dated 1971? They are scarce but the mintage for 1971 was huge and therefore they are probably more likely to exist dated 1971. It’s certainly worth more than 2p, but is unlikely to be worth a massive amount.

  90. J. Warner
    14th December 2016

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    Time after time there are questions about ‘upside-down’ writing on the edges of coins, always a random result during minting. Do people ever read a few answers before asking their questions?

    You’d save a lot of time if you made a note at the start of your Questions page if you simply noted that ‘edge-writing can be either way up… it’s random’.

    • CYC-Admin
      14th December 2016

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      People don’t ever seem to read previous things or do a simple google search. Back in 2003 I detailed the facts behind the NEW PENCE 2p rumour after getting lots of phone calls. It’s been online now (here http://www.predecimal.com/newpence) for 13 years (and no doubt on countless other google results on the same subject) and I actually got an email from someone hoping to sell me a 1981 NEW PENCE 2p today!

      So I pretty much gave up. People ask the same questions and I often give the same answers. I have actually been considering an FAQ page somewhere, but I think if the same FAQs were not shown on every possible page, multiple times and in every possible place just before and after where people are able to contact me or post a message they’d still do it! It’s something I’ve just learnt to accept, but I do hope that some people do see previous answers and then don’t need to ask.

      There’s no such thing as a silly question though. Anyone that shows a genuine interest or genuine enthusiasm (even if I’ve been asked it 1000 times before over the space of 15+ years) gets an answer to the best of my ability. The ones I dislike are ‘how much is this coin I found today worth?’ – for that you have to buy the book/eBook or soon the app.

  91. Lynette
    19th December 2016

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    I have a 1998 £2 with the edge inscription Standing on the shoulders of giants is upside down, is that worth anything?

    • CYC-Admin
      19th December 2016

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      That’s the most asked question at the moment! No, it’s normal as the edge lettering is random in its orientation.

  92. Dan rogers
    24th December 2016

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    Hi I have two 2 pound one is 1945-1995 gold with a dove on it and I have one like your pic 2015

  93. Colleen Bennett
    7th January 2017

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    Hi I have 2 20p Bailiwick of Jersey 2009 and 2012 worth anything?

    • CYC-Admin
      8th January 2017

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      Probably not. I don’t cover Channel Islands coinage or have any involvement with them.

  94. Rita
    9th January 2017

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    I have 2p new pence 2001 it is worth something?

  95. Alan Westwood
    10th January 2017

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    I have a two pound join with The Mary Rose design BUT it has the date 2015 and it has a milled edge. Is this a fake

  96. tracey hunter
    13th January 2017

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    I have a 1975 2 pence is it worth more than 2p?

  97. Brian
    30th January 2017

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    What is the rarest coin and/or the coin worth the most, still I’m circulation at the minute? And which is the most collectable?

    • CYC-Admin
      30th January 2017

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      Most collectable is impossible to answer as it’s subjective. The rarest (but that doesn’t always mean the most valuable) is probably the 2009 10p with the lion reverse (only a couple of those found so far). There are also unique error coins which are rarer still, but tend to be lower value.

  98. Stewart
    1st February 2017

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    People seem to like the £2 coins and the Kew Gardens 50p (due to there only being 210,000 minted). People should have a look at the 50p Olympic collection. All of the Olympic 50p’s are dated 2011. With that being said Blue Peter ran a competition and the winner had their design struck as part of the collection (gymnastics) and the presentation pack coin is dated 2009. Of the 100,000 minted only 19,751 sold. Simple maths makes that over 10x rarer than the very sought after Kew gardens 50p.

    • CYC-Admin
      1st February 2017

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      That’s right Stewart. And that information has caused that one to jump in price recently. It’s not all about the mintage numbers though (in my opinion), it’s about demand mainly, and a number of other factors that cause demand including media exposure, which plays a massive role these days. The slightly negative factors for the Blue Peter 2009 coin include the fact that it looks exactly the same as the 2011 version (apart from the date) and that it was only ever sold in sealed packs, which means it’s unlikely to be found in circulation – and people like to hunt for the currently expensive ones that they can find in circulation.

      • Stewart
        1st February 2017

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        Very true about being found in circulation

      • Richard
        12th April 2017

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        I was just reading this and thought ‘what became of the 80,249 Blue Peter presentation coin packs that didn’t sell?’ It’s a great shame that not even a fifth of all those that were minted got sold. But good for the collectors if you can find one.

        • CYC-Admin
          12th April 2017

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          I suspect they were probably made in batches on demand, so they would have projected sales high but probably not have made many more than they actually sold. Or they were simply melted down, who knows!

  99. Jase
    6th February 2017

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    I have a charles dickens £2 coin that should read “something will turn up”
    On the word WILL the I looks the exact same as the LL’s to read WIII.
    Does that make it rare?

    • CYC-Admin
      6th February 2017

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      I think I’ve seen/heard of that one before. It probably is rare in that not many are like that, but it shouldn’t really make it more valuable, errors with the edge lettering on the £2 and £1 coins are fairly common.

  100. David Radford
    7th February 2017

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    I have a 3 questions is this the right place to post it ?
    With ref to Michelle 30th May 2016 she has a coin that’s wrong way around ? I too have a £2 pound coin dated 2003 the inner silver steel insert is facing the wrong way around, the queens head is on the reverse where the date is, and the Technology design is on the obverse where the lettering Queen Elizabeth II legend is situated. I found it in my change, the coin doesn’t sit flat and I can turn it, suggesting it is slightly curved there are some marks on the queens face but not excess damage. Is this a miss strike of some kind ? is it possible for this to happen during the minting process I do have photographs of the coin.

    I do have more questions to ask so might as well ask whilst I’m here.
    I have a standard 2015 20p coin it looks like the surface has a slightly golden appearance, did the mint make any gold on silver 20p coins ? on the reverse the indentations by the lions legs and tails looks like a light golden coating, I don’t think its tarnish. I do have a photo.
    Lastly I have a 2015 Technology coin on the reverse there is beading showing in the middle which surrounds the silver insert which looks squashed and impressed into the brass middle edge forming a raised rim, & on the obverse the insert and the outer brass faces show no beading at all is this a minting error ? as I have 2015 technology coins with no beading in the middle whatsoever on both sides. which one is correct and is one an error miss strike I have photographs of this too.
    Are any of these coins of any value and are these issues a rarity
    Thank you for reading.

    • CYC-Admin
      8th February 2017

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      I replied to the other comment re the £2 (sounds like someone has pushed the middle out – which can be done).
      The golden 20p – they do sometimes look very golden, I suspect this it something to do with the higher copper content of the alloy.
      As for the beading issues around the inner part of the £2, that is quite common. It certainly does occur that sections disappear into the join. I’d have to see pictures of the coin that is missing the beads completely.

  101. Angela
    26th February 2017

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    I have a Florence Nightingale £2 coin and there is beading missing on both sides of the coin, is this rare?

  102. Luke Woolrich
    27th February 2017

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    I have a 2004 50p coin which appears to have running legs and a stop watch behind them any ideas if its worth anything. Also just a random question I have a 1p coin but instead of it saying “one penny” on the top of the coin it says new penny and the date of the coin is 1976. I highly doubt the 1p is worth anything I’m just curious because of the age of the coin.

  103. Carol montgomery
    1st March 2017

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    Hi , I have a one pound coin 2006 which has the bridge on the back missing. Don’t know if its a miss mint or a forgery. Any idea ?

  104. Alex Haigh
    4th March 2017

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    Hi, so my parents help me collect coins as I am at school most of the time. So my parents were in town and went to M&S and in their change was a Florence Nightingale £2, which I discarded as I already had one. But there was also a 1995 Peace £2 in their change as well. My dad got all excited when he looked on eBay for one and there was a supposedly real gold version of this for £720, which I doubt but anyway. So to test can I have the specs for this coin (e.g its mass) so I can double check. Also, as it is in good condition and an old £2 would it be worth a little more than face value online? Thanks for helping.

    • CYC-Admin
      5th March 2017

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      The gold ones are a lot yellower than the very normal brass ones that were mass produced. Also, as gold is much softer it would probably show more signs of damage. There was actually a bi-metallic modern proof gold £2 found in change once, that I am aware of. The chances of finding anything gold in circulation is very small indeed. And you’re right, the normal brass UN 1995 £2 is worth more than face value.

  105. Adam Fairclough
    4th March 2017

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    Hi I have a 2014 £2 coin with Lord Kitchener on and on the reverse Under the Queen’s neck it says ‘IRB’ ! Is there anything about it?

    • CYC-Admin
      5th March 2017

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      It stands for Ian Rank-Broadley, the designer of that bust of the Queen.

  106. Paris Holford
    11th March 2017

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    I have a 2 pound coins with Abraham Lincoln on. The date is 2006. Just wanted some general information on it

  107. Paul Rutter
    16th March 2017

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    I have a 1989 £2 Bill Of Rights Coin. What are the chances of making a profit on this?

  108. Derek Waters
    1st April 2017

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    I noticed a new 1 pound coin on ebay, 12 sided 2016.
    It had the letter ‘T’ in Elizabeth mostly missing leaving a ghost of where it should have been, then today Saturday I saw another with exactly the same ‘T’ today and I bought it for a fiver, could I get it authenticated by the Royal Mint, as if this comes out very rare, then some people will start cutting the letter out.

    Regards Derek

    • CYC-Admin
      2nd April 2017

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      I doubt it. It’s most likely down to shoddy workmanship at the Royal Mint and probably a die clogged with grease/crud. With so many millions (even hundreds of millions) made, it’s inevitable that some may have the usual mass-production quality issues.

  109. john makin
    9th April 2017

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    Hi, I have a peter rabbit 50p coin with the queens head on both sides. One normal side and the other side you can see the queens head underneath the picture of peter rabbit…is this rare and or valuable?

    • CYC-Admin
      10th April 2017

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      I’ve seen similar ones, also on the Puddle-Duck coin. It’s a phenomenon known as ghosting where elements of the other side show through. The same kind of thing can also be caused by something called die clash. Either way though, it’s really just a fairly minor mass production issue. Someone may pay a bit more. I see you’ve posted in the Facebook group.

  110. tony litchfield
    14th April 2017

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    I have a £1 coin dated 1998with what appears to be a castle and the words ”Montis Insigna Calpe” – i presume this is a forgery but is it worth anything?

    • CYC-Admin
      14th April 2017

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      No, it sounds like a territory coin (Gibraltar, IOM etc). I can’t remember which, but it will say on it!

  111. Valerie
    14th April 2017

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    I have an old £2 coin with a thistle on it slightly different shape to other thistles (fan at top same width as the thistle, not smaller. Dated 1986 with Commonwealth Games Scotland 1986 +x///
    Lighter in colour and much thicker than others. I always thought fake but now feel its an original.
    I also have loads of £2 coins with the necklace on them thinking they were worth something. Is that now false?

    • CYC-Admin
      14th April 2017

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      Yes, the thing with the necklace was always just an urban myth which came about because the 1997 (necklace) coins and the 1998 (no necklace, i.e. 4th portrait) were introduced at the same time in mid 1998 and as no one had seen the 1997 coins before then, all of a sudden people thought they were special. A bit like the 2016 new shape £1 coins which have been introduced in March 2017 that some papers went silly about and reported that they are rare. Never believe anything you read in the papers!

      As for your 1986 £2 coin, that sounds like a perfectly normal earlier single metal £2 coin.

  112. Ashleigh
    22nd April 2017

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    I have a new £1 coin and the crown goes slightly over the line. Is it worth anything?

    • CYC-Admin
      22nd April 2017

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      I wouldn’t have thought so. I’ve seen them like that too, it’s just a bit off centre, not really a spectacular error.

  113. Thomas
    28th April 2017

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    Says 2011 WWF 50 p selling for £200 plus (all the wildlife 50p ) .Is this true ?

    • CYC-Admin
      28th April 2017

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      Never believe anything in any UK paper (or the spin off internet stories). I have no idea where they get their info, but certainly lately it’s all been completely untrue!

  114. June Higgins
    10th May 2017

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    I have a 1p coin date 1971 with a portcullis and chains on the back and ‘new penny’ round the edge. The front has the letters DG REG FD1971 ELIZABETH II and the edges are smooth. How much is it worth, if anything please?

  115. TobyJ
    17th May 2017

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    Hi. I just got a £2 coin with the Queen’s head on both sides (as change from the shop)
    The inscription around the ridged edge reads ‘wireless bridges the Atlantic Marconi 2001’
    Is this a genuine/fake or novelty coin? (There’s a very,very, VERY thin line going all around the ridged edge extremely close to one of the sides , which looks like it could suggest two extremely well-made fitted parts?) Has anyone else had one?? Thanks in advanced for any replies. (TobyJ-17/05/2017)

    • CYC-Admin
      17th May 2017

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      Couldn’t say without seeing it, but if there is something that looks like a join then it probably is something someone has fabricated to win coin tosses or as a magicians coin.

  116. Dean Leppert
    23rd May 2017

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    Hi I’ve got a new pound coin where there queen side goes into the gold rim and the thistle side is misplaced. Also there is no hologram on the coin. What is it worth?

    • CYC-Admin
      23rd May 2017

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      Without seeing it I would suspect it’s just a sloppy one. Vast numbers made, and a lot of them are less than perfect.

  117. Nick De Ste Croix
    23rd May 2017

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    I have a 1971 1 pence coin which has the queens head on one side, but the reverse hasn’t been pressed and is completely flat and blank. Any info is much appreciated.
    Thank you.

    • CYC-Admin
      24th May 2017

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      Usually they have been machined. An accurate weight (compared to a normal one) is a good way to check.

      • Nick De Ste Croix
        25th May 2017

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        What weight would it normally be please?
        Thank you.

        • CYC-Admin
          26th May 2017

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          3.56g

          • Nick De Ste Croix
            28th May 2017

            Thank you. I’ll get it weighed.

  118. Myrna
    5th June 2017

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    I have a 1998 NHS 50 coin, which I was only keeping because I work for the NHS. It’s nice to know it might be worth more than 50p.

  119. ken murray
    6th June 2017

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    is the 1983 one pound coin worth anything in uncirculated condition?

    • CYC-Admin
      6th June 2017

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      Yes, a few quid. They are pretty common but it’s a nice design and the quality is so much better than the new £1 coins.

  120. Jim mcmahon
    6th June 2017

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    I have a one pence coin, that says new pence on one side . An one pound on the other side the same colour as a pound coin with the four coats of Britain

    • CYC-Admin
      6th June 2017

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      All of the early 1p coins had ‘NEW PENCE’ on them until it changed (full details are on the 1p coin page!). I don’t know what £1 coin you are referring to.

  121. Helen Nicholl
    6th June 2017

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    Hi I just got a 50p from the 2012 Olympics. It’s a childs design from blue peter.

  122. John
    7th June 2017

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    Does anyone know if they minted any 2015 20p coins with the shield design and the Type 4 head?

  123. Amanda
    13th June 2017

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    Hi I was wondering about this £1 coin, I cannot seem to find anything like it anywhere, anybody know anything about it please? It’s a 1998 shield of arms the same shield of arms that is on the 2008 £1 coin. On the Queens Head side it says Queen Elizabeth the second and the 1998 is upside down so when reading it, it looks the right way up to us and not the other way as it should be! Any info would be appreciated. Thank you

    • CYC-Admin
      13th June 2017

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      It’s a fake and whoever made it used a Channel Islands type heads side.

  124. Sue
    22nd June 2017

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    I have a 50p coin. The public libraries one showing 1850 to 2000. Is this worth keeping.

  125. Ian McParrish
    4th July 2017

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    Hi, I sent you an email twice and both times it has come back with the reply ‘Driver For Tea’ or ‘Diver For Tea’. Very odd.

    • CYC-Admin
      4th July 2017

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      That’s new to me! When did you get those replies, are you sure you used the right email address?

  126. Conor
    8th July 2017

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    I have a 2002 commonwealth games (England) £2 coin. I noticed that the writing around the edge was upside down and there is what looks like small misprints on the “G” and “S” in games (which may be due to wear but it doesn’t look like it was). Is this common to see?

  127. Donnah
    14th July 2017

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    I have a 2 pound coin. I understand is a misstruck coin. The dots don’t go all the way around the Queens Head . It’s a st pauls ww2 coin. Is it worth anything?

    • CYC-Admin
      14th July 2017

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      No, I wouldn’t have thought so. Very often the dots get lost in the join between the two metals. It’s not perfect but isn’t really anything that significant.

  128. Carol Morris
    24th July 2017

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    I have a egyptian arch pound coin 2006. The E of ONE POUND has been mis-struck so it looks like the top and middle arms of the E are one. It looks OK otherwise with good definition of the arch and the Queens head , it has perfect milling and scrolling around the edge with a nice central dot so it doesn’t look like a fake. Is it worth anything?

  129. Tammy shannon
    27th July 2017

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    Hi I have a one penny from 2001 with the crowned portcullis with chains upside down is it a mintage error and is it worth saving ?.

  130. Carol Frost
    10th August 2017

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    I have two £2 coins both used, with the writing upside down on the edges, one for the tercentenary and one for the magna carta. The magna carta is better condition than the tercentenary one. Wondered if they are worth anything. Thanks.

    • CYC-Admin
      20th August 2017

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      Writing can be up either way, it’s random. I wish I had £2 for every time that is asked.

  131. Susan
    16th August 2017

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    Hi

    I have a 50 pence Battle of Hasting, do you think this will hold some value in time

  132. Rob
    17th August 2017

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    Hi I I’ve been collect coins just over 8 months and have collected a hell of a lot ie 6 kews, 1 blue peter, 3 trial 1 pound, 5 92 EEC, 3 undated 20ps, all coin hunt albums x a few with completers etc etc 2 name a few. I have a few I’m unsure of ie I have a 15 brittania 95 degree effigy inverted 2 pound I was wondering on value and a 20p run from 82 to current and apart from undated there was a very low montage old style 20 but not sure on year. Also with the pound going out of circulation wots ur thoughts on getting rid or keeping hold. I have 6 coin hunt folders full and 20 city sets with a large selection of proof sets and lots of pied fort silvers on there own.

    • CYC-Admin
      20th August 2017

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      Keep hold of what you want to keep hold of. I really don’t see the old £1 being anything special in the long term. I wrote about them in a post which is linked to from the home page.

  133. aaron
    1st September 2017

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    Charles Darwin 2 pound coin dots don’t go all away round and letters upside down wort anything

    • CYC-Admin
      2nd September 2017

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      The dots around the centre silver piece often get lost in the join and the writing is 50% up one way and 50% up the other way (it’s random, and I get asked it a lot despite it being answered at the top of the main £2 page).

  134. Cassie
    14th September 2017

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    I have a 1998 £2 coin that on the edge says standing on the shoulders of g avts not “standing on the shoulders of giants” I know that misprints can be rare and wondered if there was any value to this one?

    • CYC-Admin
      14th September 2017

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      That kind of thing with problematic/missing I’s and other horizontal letter parts seems quite common. So many coins are made that minor things like that aren’t usually worth a premium.

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