Ebay is a brilliant platform for the buying and selling of rare coin pieces.
Some of these coins, particular certain 50p coins, sell for a sky high sum.
One coin, a rare 50p coin bearing a Victoria Cross design, is listed for almost 800 times its face value.
It is listed for an astounding Buy It Now price of £395, although bidders are able to offer a lower bid.
The listing is titled “50p Piece Rare Victoria Cross 2006 Coin”.
It is listed by eBay user diane697, who has a 100 per cent positive feedback rating on the site.
The description reads: “A rare collectible 50p piece, British Institute of the Victoria Cross ‘The Medal’, 150th anniversary, circulated, in great condition.”
So is this coin generally considered rare? Not really, according to the Coin Checker website.
The coin website gives the coin’s mintage as 12,087,000 and gives its scarcity index as “common”.
As for the coin’s origins, the Royal Mint website provides some further information.
The description reads: “Depictions of the obverse and reverse of a Victoria Cross with the date 29 JAN 1856 in the centre of the reverse of the Cross, the letters VC to the right and the value FIFTY PENCE below.
“The Victoria Cross is the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy.
“All who have received it have shown extraordinary bravery, many at the cost of their own lives.
“The original idea for the Victoria Cross was proposed by the Duke of Newcastle in 1854 and the Royal Warrant for the creation of the medal was signed by Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace on 29 January 1856.
“To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the institution of the Victoria Cross The Royal Mint struck two fifty pence coins.”
This isn’t the only rare coin which has been listed on eBay recently.
The Beatrix Potter coin is part of a set which was sold alongside with it in the ad.
EBay user “jobs2445” from Nottingham advertised the coin as “Rare silver proof Peter Rabbit 50p coin.”
The Royal Mint began the Beatrix Potter collection in 2016, creating 10 coins this year, and 14 in 2017. A further 14 coins have been created this year.