A Charles II gold coin from 1680. Sold at £2,700.

New dates released for Lichfield coin valuations – could your spare pennies be worth pounds and pounds?

DO you have coins or banknotes which might be worth a fortune? Could your spare change be worth pounds instead of pence?

Dig out those penny pots and coin collections as numismatics specialist Phil Bridge will be offering free valuations by appointment at The Lichfield Auction Centre from 9am-1pm on the following Thursdays:

  • April 27
  • May 18
  • June 8
  • June 29

The market for antique money is especially powerful – pictured is a Charles II gold coin from 1680 which sold at £2,700.

But all manner of coins, notes and old money can find a good price under the hammer, from collections of mixed 20th century British coins to international money, collectable banknotes, gold sovereigns and silver coinage.

As well as those made from precious metals with high bullion value in addition to their artistic merit, there are also many key coins highly sought after by collectors which didn’t start out as a big denomination pieces.

“Some of the rarest 2p coins are a small number from 1983 accidentally minted with the words ‘New Pence’ instead of ‘Two Pence’ when the reverse die was mixed up – find one of these and you could be up to a £1,000 richer!” says Phil.

“There are also copper-nickel 2p coins worth £20 to £50 and an undated 1998 20p, left without the year when again reverse and obverse dies were mixed up, is worth around £40 to £50.

“Any coin can be mis-struck and consequently worth massive amounts compared to its face value. I once saw a mis-struck 5p sold for over £120.”

A rare Kew Gardens 50 pence, part of a collection of UK proofs sold at auction recently.
A rare Kew Gardens 50 pence, part of a collection of UK proofs sold at auction recently.

A 50p piece struck to commemorate the UK’s presidency of the council of ministers and the European Single Market is one of the rarest 50 pence coins out there, added Phil.

“Not only is it the only coin with two dates, 1992-93, it has the lowest mintage of any 50p with just 109,000 created,” he said.

“And the sought-after Kew Gardens 50p, marking the gardens’ 250th anniversary in 2009, has a mintage of 210,000.

“So check those pots, purses and pockets and let’s see if you have a fortune hiding in plain sight!”

To book an appointment for a valuation of coins or banknotes, telephone 01543 251081 or email office@richardwinterton.co.uk.

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