From bargains to unusual finds, the eBay marketplace can be a top choice for anyone who’s looking to make a purchase online. Coin collectors often head to the site too, with many choosing to put items up for sale. Recently, one eBay user decided they wanted to part ways with a 2017 50p coin. But, insisting it is “ultra, very rare”, it seems they were only willing to say goodbye to the said piece in exchange for an astounding £499.99.
While it doesn’t take a maths whizz to work out that this is almost 1000 times the value of what’s depicting on the coin itself, the seller seemed to think it was a reasonable suggestion.
That’s because they have claimed that it is an “ultra very rare” 50p coin.
Posted by seller “2004krupa”, the title of the listing reads: “Ultra Very Rare 50p Coin, The Tall Of Peter Rabit 2017 Reg Circular!”(sic)
As well as the guide price of £499.99, there is also a postage fee if £1.01.
This means that should the coin sell for its guide price, the buyer could see a total spend of £501.
So, is this coin really that rare?
With only one photo uploaded to the listing, and little in the description, it’s hard to know what makes this coin stand out from the rest of the same designs released last year.
According to the website Change Checker, this 2017 design was released in honour of Beatrix Potter, and makes a nod at one of the author’s first books: The Tale of Peter Rabbit.
Designed by Emma Noble, the reverse features a depiction of the character, as well as the name of the tale around the edge.
So is it rare? Well, with a mintage of 19,300,000, it doesn’t seem to be the scarcest coin out there in the UK.
In fact, Change Checker has ranked the coin as common, with a scarcity index of just one.
The coin is said to have a huge minting error, which the eBay user insisted made it stand out.
The unique aspect of the coin could be found on the heads side, with the date of its mintage being illegible.
“The date cannot be seen as this is missing from the production of this coin,” the seller wrote.
“I can only guess that it’s suppose to read 2013/2015.”(sic)
However, it is down to an expert in coins to determine what this 10 pence coin is worth.