eBay seller serasweetie has listed the Guy Fawkes £2 coin at auction, with a starting bid of an eye-watering £399.
The seller has 100 per cent positive feedback from 570 feedback ratings.
Writing about the coin on the listing, the seller wrote: “Very rare £2 coin with minting error on ‘NOVEMBER’ mint has issued NOVEMBEP (P rather than the R at end).
“Coin has been circulated, but is in very good condition.”
Royal Mint released the design in 2005 to celebrate the 400 year anniversary of the plot to assassinate James I being discovered.
Describing the design, they wrote: “The plot to assassinate James I at the opening of Parliament on 5 November 1605 is a piece of British history that shall ‘never be forgot’.
“400 years later, in 2005, The Royal Mint remembered the Fifth of November with a £2 coin.
“The design features an arrangement of crosiers, maces and swords surrounded by stars, the dates 1605 and 2005, and features the denomination ‘Two Pounds’ below.
“In the words of the artist Peter Forster, its intricate reverse design shows symbols of State that allude to the survival of the British establishment under threat.
“The circular arrangement in which they are shown is suggestive of a Catherine Wheel and the surrounding stars are a further reference to fireworks. The dates are rendered in an early seventeenth-century style font.”
5,140,500 of the coins were minted, giving these coins a scarcity index of 5 – common, according to ChangeChecker.org.
However, as this coin has a minting error, it is likely to be much rarer.
The Guy Fawkes coin is not the only one selling for a high price on eBay, with a Charles Dickens coin listed for £400 just yesterday.
The seller, johsco_55, has a 100 per cent positive feedback rating on the site.
It is listed under the title: “Charles Dickens 2012 £2 Two pound coin Very rare Royal Mint error.”
The description explains that the coin has “minting errors” which makes it more rare.
It reads: “Rare dicken’s £2 coin with minting errors. Writing around edge “something will turn up” is upside-down.”
“The dots on the head side are missing around nearly half the coin, on the left side of the queens head. This is a circulated coin so there are signs of wear.
The post is being followed by 17 watchers and nine people have viewed this listing in the past hour alone.
Facts about British currency
When a new monarch ascends to the throne and their profile is put on to currency, the side they face is swapped.
This means Charles will face left on British currency when he becomes King, as currently the Queen faces right.
The £50 not is the highest-value banknote in general circulation, but there are a small number of “giant” and “titan” notes – £1million and £100million notes respectively.
These are not designed for general use, but were instead created to back the value of everyday notes issued by commercial banks in Scotland Northern Ireland.
According to the BBC: “For every pound an authorised Scottish or Northern Irish bank wants to print in the form of its own notes, it has to deposit the equivalent amount in sterling with the Bank of England.”
Royal Mint create and execute the designs for British coins.
Designs are based on current events, such as the 2012 Olympic Games, honouring history, such as both world wars, or literary/arts inspired, such as Beatrix Potter.
Some of the most enduring cockney slang relates to money.
Archer = £2000, Bag of Sand = £1000, Grand = £1000, Monkey = £500, Carpet = £300 (can also be £30 or £3), Ton = £100, Pony = £25, Macaroni = £25, Apple Core = £20, Score = £20, Speckled Hen = £10, Uncle Ben = £10, Nigel Ben = £10, Paul McKenna = £10, Ayrton (Senna) = £10, Lady (Godiva) = Fiver = £5, Taxi Driver = £5 Nicker = £1, Ten Bob Bit = 50p piece Oxford = 5 shillings, Lord of the Manor = Tanner (sixpence)