Rare Blue Peter 50p coin sells for fortune on eBay – and you could have one too

A rare coin has sold for a fortune on eBay after it was listed just a few weeks ago.

The 50p features a picture of the Olympics as drawn and depicted by a Blue Peter viewer back in 2009.

Nine-year-old Florence Jackson illustrated the masterpiece after winning a competition on the kids’ TV show.

It was minted in 2011 and released into circulation with around 2.2 million around.

And the coin, which features an athlete doing the high jump, proved popular on eBay as it was sold for £286.

Along with this rare version, there were 26 different designs released to celebrate the Olympic Games held in London in 2012.

Only 20,000 of these coins were made, making them rarer and worth an eye-watering sum.



You could have one hiding away in your change

In the recent £286 listing, the 2009 date is advertised so it could explain why it sold for a huge price tag.

Over the course of seven days, 10 different bidders placed their offers on the rare 50p coin.

It started with a £3 bid which then rocketed to nearly £300 in under a week.

The listing closed on September 23, as the winning bid came in at £286, meaning it sold for 572 times more than its face value.



A British fifty pence piece. Showing the goddess Britannia with a lion
Rare coins can go for a lot of money on eBay

It’s worth keeping an eye on your change because you never know which ones will be worth a fortune.

Online tools like Coin Hunter can help you identify whether your change is worth a lot of money.

Alternatively, you can refer to Change Checker’s latest scarcity index to see which coins are topping the charts in terms of value.

When the Blue Peter coin sold towards the end of September, a grand total of 23 bids were made.

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