eBay is a coin collector’s paradise, with more and more rare coins added to the site everyday.
One of the latest additions to the online auction site is a “rare” £2 coin, celebrating the abolition of the slave trade in 1807.
The coin was listed this evening on eBay, with the starting bid of £1,000 and the option to “make an offer”.
Giving little away in the listing’s title, the seller wrote: “rare 2 pound coin 1807”.
The seller, based in Redhill, goes by the eBay username of “bainbridge42.2012” and boasts 100 per cent positive feedback.
The item’s description gives more about the coin away, stating that there is a defect with the coin, but not detailing the exact defect.
It read: “Misprinted 1807 slave trade coin”.
While no bids have currently been placed, there are almost seven whole days left on the listing.
This particular £2 coin was minted in 2007 to commemorate the abolition of the slave trade in 1807.
Designed by David Gentleman, the coin features a simple yet powerful design depicting a broken link in the “chains of oppression”, which doubles as the zero in the anniversary date, 1807.
The broken chain link also features the inscription “An Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade” and the date “2007’”
Making the coin even more poignant, the edge engraving reads: “Am I not man and a brother”.
Despite the high selling price, the coin might not actually be as rare as thought, with 8,445,000 of the coins initially minted.
The standard 1807 £2 coin is listed as “common” on scarcity index Change Checker, but a possible minting error or “misprint” could mean the coin is more valuable.
Unusually, this is the seller’s second listing of the coin, with a listing for the same coin ending today with a “buy it now” price of £2,000.
Another £2 coin selling for far more than its intended £2 value was a William Shakespeare coin listed last month.
Listed on eBay, the coin was advertised with the headline: “2016 William Shakespeare £2 Error Strike Plain/Reeded”.
The coin is said to be rarer because of several errors in how it was struck.
For instance, it is missing a large part of the reeding pattern that gives £2 coins their rough edge.
The description reads: “A very collectable rare error coin, the coin has multiple strike errors including a larger than normal centre which spreads towards the date & lettering on both sides, large rims & signs of edge reeding on reverse surface.”