Rare coins are a booming growth industry, and eBay is one of the best websites to find a rare and unusual coin.
One seller is hoping to cash in after finding a William Shakespeare design £2 coin which is rarely seen.
Seller ‘originalgirl’ has listed her coin for an eye-watering £500, and is hoping the scarcity of the coin will net the high price.
Describing the coin, the seller said: “Perfectly presented rare William Shakespeare 2016 £2.00 coin.”
The William Shakespeare coins were released by Royal Mint in 2016 to commemorate the playwright 400 years after his death.
Describing the design process, Royal Mint said: “400 years since his death, William Shakespeare remains one of the greatest British writers of all time.
“His influential works take their rightful place at the heart of our school curriculum and each new generation is gifted his legacy; ready to be inspired and entertained.
“In 2016 The Royal Mint released three £2 coins marking the 400th anniversary of his death, designed by long-time Royal Mint collaborator John Bergdahl.
“The coins celebrate Shakespeare’s most famous works and this design skilfully weaves love around tragedy, with the skull and rose design capturing that sense of doomed romance.”
The Shakespeare coin is not the only £2 coin attracting large cash sums on eBay.
A very rare £2 coin has been put up for sale on eBay, and sold straight away for £175. The sought after coin was in high demand on the sight, with lots of collectors making a bid on the piece- but why?
The coin was the very first version of the £2 coin ever made, and it was the first bi-metallic coin ever created by the British mint.
The two pound was first issued in 1997, however, this trial coin was made in 1994 to test out the seminal design, which changed coin making history.
Largely unknown, the piece is highly sought after by coin fanatics and collectors – so it is no surprise this piece sold for a large sum and was bid upon by seven eBay users.
The coin is incredibly rare, and only 4,500 of the coins were ever created.
The design featured a ship with three masts on it, which could be the Golden Hind.