YOUR change could be worth a lot more than you suspected – which might be a game changer in costly times like these.
Sometimes it’s even the most unsuspecting coins, stuffed down the side of the sofa, that can make you a mint. We explore if you could be quids-in.
It happens when a coin is worth much more that its face value – that’s how you spot if you’re secretly sitting on a mint.
If a rare coin catches the interest of the right buyer, they could pay almost 40 times the value inscribed on its design.
So a Â£2 would be worth just that at the corner shop, or in a vending machine, could actually be worth more to someone who spots it as a rarity.
It’s usually because it has a unique design, or they know that there’s not many copies kicking about.
There are 55 different Â£2 coin designs currently in circulation and they can can fetch as much as Â£70 if they’re in the right condition.
ChangeChecker’s scarcity index ranks them all to determine which is the rarest – and which ones to look out for.
The latest update came in May this year.
Each coin will get a number between one and 100 to indicate how hard it is to find, as well as how in demand it is are.
The higher the number, the rarer the coin – which also means the more likely you’ll be in-the-money too.
But in general, what you need to know is that the lower the mintage, the rarer the coin – and the rarer the coin the more valuable it is.
That means not many have been produced, which is more appealing to collectors as they’re harder to get a hold of, and they’ll pay more for a copy of their own.
Here’s which coins came up trumps and how much circulated versions – the ones cropping up in your change – have recently sold for on eBay.
1. 2002 Commonwealth Games Northern Ireland – Â£46
In 2002, four different designs of this Â£2 coin were created to commemorate the Commonwealth games, but the Irish version is the rarest with only 485,500 minted.
There’s more money in the complete set though, as one seller proved when they sold all four coins for aÂ whopping Â£100.
2. 2002 Commonwealth Games England – Â£50
Another in the 2002 Commonwealth series, the English version is the eighth rarest coin in circulation.
Some 650,500 were minted at the time, making the coin rare enough for eBay bidders to happilyÂ pay as much as Â£50Â for it.
The edge of this coin also has the inscription “Spirit of Friendship, Manchester 2002”, which adds appeal to collectors too.
3. 2002 Commonwealth Games Scotland – Â£44.99
Out of all of the valuable Commonwealth coins, Scotland’s take is the least rare.
The coin has a mintage of 771,750 – some 286,250 more than were released of the rarest Irish version.
It features pretty much the same design as the other coins in the series but the Scottish flag is on the design instead.
Bidders on eBay have still paid higher than face value for the coin though, with a recent auction on the siteÂ concluding on Â£11.
There are plenty of other rare coins that haven’t made the top ten cut of course –Â rare Blue Peter 50p sold for a whopping Â£235 on eBay.
4. Olympic centenary – Â£13
Carrying on the sporting theme, the Olympic centenary Â£2 marked 100 years of the modern games in 2008, and there are 910,000 in circulation.
One version sold on eBay for Â£13Â which is around 10 times its face value.
5. London 2012 Handover – Â£53
At the end of each Olympic Games, the next host city of the Games is celebrated with a flag handover ceremony.
In 2012 we gave the flag to Rio to take on the next tournament.
That event was immortalised on the design of a Â£2 coin, with just 845,000 released into circulation.
One in a sealed pack managed to sell for exactly Â£52.75 on eBay just last month.
6. Olympic handover – Â£33
Still in the top ten is the Olympic Handover coin.
This Â£2 details Beijing in 2008 handing over the Olympics to London for 2012, and shows the Olympic flag and two hands shaking.
One sold for precisely Â£32.82 in April this year.
There are 918,000 of these in circulation.
7. King James Bible – Â£20.50
Next on the list is a coin showing the King James Bible.
One sold for Â£20.50 in February on eBay.
According to Change Checker, there are 975,000 in circulation.
8. London Underground Roundel – Â£27
There are more than 1.5 million of these London Underground themed coins in circulation.
One showing the famous roundel of the capital’s transport system sold for Â£27 back in January after 13 bids were placed.
It’s a little lower down the scarcity index currently, but it’s still popular with collectors.
9. Mary Rose – Â£21
A circulated Â£2 showing the famous Mary Rose ship sold on eBay for Â£21.
There are just over one million in circulation.
And that makes it 9th on Change Checker’s scarcity index.
10. 2015 First World War (navy) – Â£17
There were also 650,000 of the First World War Navy Â£2 coins minted in 2015.
The coin features a battleship design by military artist David Rowlands and the 5th portrait of the Queen.
It’s also the second in a five-coin series remembering the First World War and celebrates the efforts of the Royal Navy and their contribution to the war effort.
Collectors are willing to pay as much asÂ Â£17 for the coinÂ on eBay, though – it might not sound an awful lot, but it’s 34 times its face value.
11. Magna Carta – Â£23
The Magna Carta Â£2 sold recently for over Â£20 on eBayThe Magna Carta coin celebrates the 800th Anniversary of the Signing of Magna Carta.
The Â£2 sold for a tenner back in March on eBay.
It has been in circulation since 2015, and there are currently 1,495,000 of them in people’s purses, banks and tills across the country.
It is not just Â£2 coins which could net you a windfall; rare Â£1 coins also sell for more than their face value, as do 10p coins.
You could also check your wallet for any loose change – here are the six of the rarest and most valuable coins.
And an ultra-rare silver 2p error coin was found by a collector in Kent, and it could be worth a whopping Â£1,350.
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