10 of the rarest coins selling for up to £1,500 online – including £2, 1p and 50p coins


It’s not really a thing to keep coins anymore, especially during a pandemic and as we use our cards and phones more and more.

However, many people probably still keep loose change in their purse, wallet or a jar at home, for this time you just need some handy.

You often read stories about rare British coins selling well above their value. but you don’t always know what makes a piece so rare.

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Rare coins can be anything from special commemorative coins to misprinted coins.

To put your mind at rest, and maybe help you, we’ve put together a list of the ten rarest coins currently selling on eBay, it might be worth taking a look around the house to see if you have any.

We must warn you to be on the lookout for counterfeits, you should always consult an expert dealer when it comes to pricing, buying or selling rare coins.

Diversity 50 pence coin built in Britain

This fifty pence coin bears the ‘Diversity Built Britain’ design and was issued in 2020.

It is currently on sale for a staggering £1,500 on eBay.

William Shakespeare £2 coin

The two-pound piece, featuring a skull relief from Shakespeare’s Hamlet and text around the outside with the famous playwright’s surname, is currently on sale on eBay for £1,120.

2013 Benjamin Britten 50 pence coin

Some of the rarest coins online appear to be fifty pence coins, thanks to the number of variations minted.

This one, is a commemoration of the composer Benjamin Britten and was published in 2013.

It is currently valued at £500 on the eBay listing and is in fantastic condition.

Error piece 100 years of guiding

This piece is not rare because of its collective nature, but rather because it carries an error.

Just like stamps, wrong coins are worth a lot because it is rare for the Royal Mint to print one wrongly.

The error is noted by the distorted star on the lower left on the coin listed, it is believed to be one of the most valuable 50p coins in circulation.

It’s on eBay for £625, which is the best deal.

Scouts Be Prepared Collector’s Coin 50p 2007

This fifty pence coin features the Boy Scouts logo and their motto “Be Prepared”.

Released in 2007 as a collector’s item, this item has 22 people looking at it and is available for £500 or the best deal on eBay.

50p Prosperity British Coin

The rare 50p coin

This coin, printed on January 31, 2021, features text that reads: “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations.”

This is a rare fifty pence coin which can be found on eBay via various listings for £200.

Beatrix Potter’s Birthday 50 pence coin

The Rarest Peter Rabbit 2016 50p
The Rarest Peter Rabbit 2016 50p

Beatrix Potter pieces are sold quite often at auction and in items, being among the most common, yet rare, pieces available.

This was published in 2016 and features illustrations of Beatrix Potter characters, it is currently listed for £240 on eBay.

1997 Shield of Britania 50p coin

At first glance, there is nothing special about this coin, rather it is its age and minting date.

Minted in 1997, this 50P coin shows signs of age but has an almost black color scheme.

It’s listed for £135 on eBay.

British EU Presidency 50 pence coin

This 1992/2993 EU Presidency coin is valuable due to its low mintage.

Low mintage, meaning the Royal Mint did not produce as many of these coins.

It is valued at £70 on eBay.

1927 penny coin

This piece dates back almost 100 years since its first production.

A penny is no longer used in circulation and due to the rarity of this coin it is valued on eBay at £40.

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