A quick search on the bidding site, eBay, will bring up lots of results of many different rare coins for sale. Although these are often worth more than face value, the asking price of some of these can seem very pricey for a coin. Recently, the eBay user, “rey01254”, offered up a “rare” Beatrix Potter Tale of Peter Rabbit coin with the asking price of £2,000. The coin is part of the 2017 batch of Beatrix Potter coins, but buyers should be careful before parting with so much cash.
Posting the 50 pence piece on eBay, the seller “rey01254” said the coin was a 2017 Beatrix Potter Tale of Peter Rabbit 50p coin.
They did not give much away, but did insist the coin is “rare” and they gave it the asking price of £2,000.
The huge price tag is given as a “buy it now” price, meaning this is probably how much the seller believes it to be worth, however they are also open to offers.
For those wanting to make the purchase, they will have to fork out £1.50 for postage, which will get the coin delivered to them by Royal Mail first class large letter.
Beatrix Potter coins were first released in 2016 to celebrate 150-years since the birth of the children’s author and different versions of the coin have been released each years since.
The Peter Rabbit coins are of interest to a lot of people, but this does not necessarily mean they are rare or hold a large value.
The coin on offer was issued by the Royal Mint in 2017 with a mintage of 19,300,000 and is ranked as one on the scarcity index, which actually makes it “common”.
Designed by Emma Noble, the coin features a drawing of Peter Rabbit and used to be available on the coin website, Change Checker, for just £10 but is now sold out.
The publication Spent It? Save It? What Should You Do? has also given the coin a low valuation of just £4.
For anyone tempted by the Peter Rabbit coin, it may be worth shopping around to grab a better deal.
Coins are often put up for sale for more than they are necessarily worth on eBay, and a Kew Gardens coin was recently offered up for £120.
This coin has been described as the “scarcest” 50p coin around, which could in fact make the marked up price a bargain.
The team at Spend it? Save it? What should you do? gave the guide value of £100, meaning the £120 asking price is quite accurate.
Another Beatrix Potter coin was offered up for £1,800 although it is probably worth much less.
The coin in question was the 2016 version of the Peter Rabbit coin, however this was also rated one of the scarcity index, making it “common”.