Ebay is a fantastic resource for rare coin collectors looking to buy and sell the rarest designs.
Some coins, particularly 50p and £2 coin types, can fetch a large sum of money on the platform.
This is sometimes down to their scarcity, other times thanks to a rare error on the reverse face of the coin.
One rare 50p coin featuring a Johnson’s Dictionary design is selling for the buy it now price of £1,967.
Ebay users can also offer a different price under the “make offer” option on the listing.
It is listed by user hotelkeeperneil who has a 100 per cent positive feedback rating.
The coin is being followed by 40 watchers, meaning it is certainly the source of some intrigue.
The listing description reads: “Rare plural of a penny 50p Coin 2005 commemorating Johnson’s Dictionary 1755.”
So how rare exactly is this coin? The Royal Mint website gives us some clue.
The Royal Mint page dedicated to the 2005 Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary 50p says that the coin has a mintage of 17,649,000.
The description also provides a little more information about this particular design.
It reads: “Entries from the dictionary for the words FIFTY and PENCE, with the figure ’50’ above, and the inscription JOHNSON’S DICTIONARY 1755 below.
“Greeted with joy and great relief in the English intellectual world, Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary was published in 1755. 250 years later, the dedicated scholar was honoured with a commemorative fifty pence coin.
“Aptly enough, the detailed reverse by Tom Phillips shows Johnson’s explanation for fifty pence, while the obverse features the portrait of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley, FRBS.”
The Change Checker website suggests this coin is not as rare as the eBay prince might suggest.
The coin collecting website gives this particular 50p a scarcity rating of “1”, which means it is common.
One 50p coin that is known to be particularly rare on eBay is the Kew Gardens 50p coin.
One particular rare 50p coin bearing a Kew Gardens design is currently listed for £1,000 on the website. This is 2,000 times its face value, suggesting the coin is very valuable indeed.
The listing is entitled: “Kew Gardens Extremley Rare 1759-2009 Proof 50p Brilliant coin”.
So how rare is the Kew Gardens 50 coin design? It is said to be one of the rarest, according to the Change Checker website. The coin has a mintage of just 210,000.
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