Our guide to the valuable coins that can turn up in your change
Next time you’re given a handful of change in a shop, stop and look before chucking it back in your purse or throwing it into a jar at home.
Earlier this year, a 2p coin sold for almost £1,400 at auction because it was silver instead of copper.
While you’ll need to be very lucky indeed to find a silver 2p piece, there are other more common coins that could be worth more than you think.
Here’s a guide to the valuable coins that can turn up in your change . . .
In 2009, around 210,000 50p coins were issued with a picture of the iconic Kew Gardens Pagoda.
While this might sound like a lot, usually when a new 50p is printed more than five million are struck.
And with a total of 950 million 50p coins currently in circulation, the Kew Pagoda coins can be incredibly hard to spot.
If you get your hands on one, numismatists – or currency collectors – are typically willing to pay around £30-50 on online marketplace…