eBay: Peter Rabbit rare 50p coin – are 2016 coins worth investing?

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Peter Rabbit 50p coins are selling on auction site eBay for large sums, almost £600.

These were the first ever coins created in the hugely popular Beatrix Potter range.

But is the coin really worth these large sums.

eBay user “john-0192” recently sold such a coin for £564.54, amid a flurry of 13 bids, charging £7.80 for express delivery.

Another seller, “cjmstores1990” from Hull sold the same coin for £561 after 24 bids were made on it.

Is the Peter Rabbit 2016 UK 50p Silver Proof Coin rare?

This coin was initially sold by Royal Mint for £55.

Only 15,000 of the special limited edition coins were created, meaning these coins are – in fact – rare.

Proving so popular, Royal Mint were forced to limit the sale of the coins to only five per household.

The mint said of the coin, which was the first ever coin in the Peter Rabbit collection: “The adventurous hero of the Beatrix Potter’s first book was so popular that ‘The Tale of Peter Rabbit’ would be the first in a series of 23 little tales.

“The inquisitive, blue-coated bunny has become the emblem of Beatrix Potter’s work, and is captured on this 50p coin – the first official United Kingdom coin to feature this family favourite.

“Now, continuing the series celebrating the wonderful world of Miss Potter, the second coin has been struck as a sterling silver Proof edition.

“Royal Mint coin designer Emma Noble’s design incorporates colour printing, reflecting the watercolour style of the original illustrations.

“The coin is presented in a contemporary Perspex presentation case, with an accompanying booklet and gift box to be enjoyed and passed down through the generations, just like the books that inspired it.”

A “very rare” Olympic weightlifting coin is selling for £1250 on eBay.

But is this piece actually worth a large sum?

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.



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