eBay is full of buyers looking to make a pretty penny from their collectables, with many choosing to list their “rare” small change on the online platform.
Attracting keen coin collectors from all over the world, many coins are listed for thousands of pounds, but not that many reach their full asking price.
One coin that did fetch its asking price is a “rare” £2 coin, that was made to commemorate the abolition of the slave trade.
The coin fetched £600 from one winning bid, 300 times its face value.
The now very happy seller goes by the eBay username of siann_16 and is based in London, with actually no feedback rating at all. – possibly their first eBay sell.
The coin was described by the seller as a: “Rare 2 Pound Coin Abolition Of The Slave trade 1807 with minting errors.
“The words not the edge read ‘am I not a man and a brother’ is printed upside down to the queens head (sic).
“The 1807 print is misaligned.
“Two pound coin in good condition.
“Price is negotiable.” The coin had just a 67p fee for postage.
The 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 is surrounded by the inscription “An Act for the Abolition of the Slave Trade” and the date “2007’”
The edge engraving poignantly reads: “Am I not man and a brother”.
However, despite the high selling price, 8,445,000 of these coins were actually minted, making the coin possibly not as rare as the seller, or buyer, thought. But the minting error in the alignment of the 1807 is possibly what fetched the big bucks.
Also fetching much more than their face values, Paddington Bear 50ps have been selling on eBay for huge sums of money – one taking in a whopping £16,000.
Royal Mint’s Paddington Bear coin was intended to go on sale as of June 18.
However, one has sneaked out of the mint and caused a storm among coin collectors.
The listing read: “The only one currently in the UK. Accidental release. Not yet released. Super rare. Mint condition.”
They also revealed where they found the coin, stating: “Found it in my change after a quick shop!”