Rare coins can be worth far more than the value they have printed on them, as this new eBay listing goes to show.
While some may assume the 50p piece is worth just that, a seller has decided to put the coin up for sale – in the hopes of reaching a whole lot more.
This particular Battle of Britain coin was minted back in 2015, and just three years later, it is up for grabs at a whopping £2,500.
The coin was created as a celebration of the brave soldiers who took part in the Battle of Britain back in 1940.
The historic fight is now commemorated on September 15 – the anniversary of the day the Nazi Air Force, the Luftwaffe, launched a huge attack on Britain.
Marking the 75th anniversary of the notable date back in 2015, this special 50 pence piece was released.
The coin shows three British pilots running towards fighter planes, while Nazi bombers are depicted flying overhead.
Amid the design, “The Battle of Britain” is printed, with the significant date, 1940, also featuring.
On the reverse of the coin is a symbol of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as the 2015 marking.
Brothers Gary and Lee Breeze were responsible for the design of the coin, with the former opening up about the process during an interview with The Royal Mint.
Explaining how the special coin came into fruition, he recalled he had wanted to step away from the idea of focusing on the Battle of Britain, Spitfires and 109s.
Gary revealed his brother Lee was aware of past coins, they felt the machines “had been done before”.
Instead, Lee came up with the idea to concentrate on the soldiers.
The pair went on to sketch the concept, with Gary adding: “The airmen running enthusiastically to their fate is poignant and struck the right chord with everyone I think.”
The recent eBay listing was titled: “Very Rare 1940 Battle Of Britain 50 pence piece with queen’s new portrait.”
While the coin is up for auction at an incredible £2,500, there are currently no bids.
However, while the seller – ahurlock1 – insists the coin is “very rare”, coin collecting website Change Checker, says there are 5,900,000 in circulation.
The site ranks the coin as a number two on the scarcity index for 50p coins.
So, while the mint is a special edition, it is a far cry from the scarcest 50 pence piece dubbed Kew Gardens – of which there are just 210,000, and comes in at 100 on the same list.
Which are the rarest £1, £2, 50p, 20p, 10p and 2p coins?
Rarest £2 coins
The rarest £2 coin is the 2002 Commonwealth Games NI coin with 485,500 in circulation. This is followed by the 2002 Commonwealth Games Wales which has 588,500 in circulation.
Next up is the 2015 Navy, and there are 650,000 in circulation.
Rarest £1 coins
The most rare £1 coins are all part of a series celebrating the British capitals.
The rarest of these is the 2011 Edinburgh coin, with 935,000 in circulation. Of the 2011 Cardiff coins there are 1,615,000 in circulation, while the 2010 London coin has 2,635,000 in circulation.
Rarest 50p coin
The rarest 50p coin is the Kew Gardens coin, which is also the rarest coin in circulation. It there were only 210,000 minted.
The football Olympic 50p coin has 1,125,500 in circulation, and the wrestling coin has 1,129,500 in circulation.
It is not so easy to evaluate the rarest 20p coins, 10p coins and even 2p coins as exact circulation figures are not known.
However, various versions of the coins are known to sell for large sums.
These include the dateless 20ps, which are actually part of a run from 2008. There may be between 50,000 and 200,000 of these coins in circulation.
The 1983 ‘New Pence’ 2p coin can also sell for a huge sum, up to £650.