The merchant, from Granton, Edinburgh, posted the silver-hued currency on digital marketplace Gumtree with the asking cost
You might need to put your hand down the of the settee again – because, surprisingly, a two pence coin has sold for £485.
The two pence mint piece – marked “uncommon” by authorities – sold for an eye-popping 24,250, multiple times its assumed worth.
It was sold toward the beginning of today January to a self-proclaimed coin-collecter in Fife, as reported by news publisher WalesOnline .
The coin was minted in a mistake during 2015, subsequent to being unintentionally struck onto the nickel-plated steel base of a 10p rather than the copper-plated steel utilized for 2p coins. Thus the off-colour design is confusing to many.
Such miss-happenings at The Royal Mint – which can fabricate up to 4,000,000 pennies every day – bring about ‘blunder coins’ that are called ‘mules’.
These so-called mules are very uncommon, as most are spotted by the Royal Mint’s tight quality controls and never discharged into general use by the British public.
That makes the pieces essential to coin collectors who are eager to pay higher than the mint coin’s presumptive worth to add them to their assortments.
The vender said he purchased the coin from a companion in Thames Ditton, Surrey in 2018.
Writing next on an image of the curious coin online, recorded as ‘Silver 2 pence coin stamped in blunder’, he states: “Extremely rare coin which I bought three years ago.
“The price is set and will not become an auction as its being sold through necessity.”
A comparable coin sold for £1,350 at sell-off in 2016, almost multiple times more than the genuine estimation of the coin.