It’s the kind of news hoarders and collectors alike just love to hear. A special 50p coin has sold on eBay for a staggering £150.

And there’s more of these coins in circulation. In fact, there could be as many as 210,000, some just lying in change pots and piggy banks up and down the land, reports the Echo.

The coin was released in 2009 to mark the 250th anniversary of Kew Gardens in London. It features the famous Chinese Pagoda at the Royal Botanic Garden on the tail side with the Queen’s face on the other, as normal.

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One such silver fetched 300 times its perceived worth after just nine bids – the first at just 99p – on the auction site. EBay described the item as a ‘Kew Gardens 50p genuine 2009 circulated Great Condition Fifty Pence RARE’.

Change checking website Coin Hunter puts the average price range for the Kew Gardens 50p at between £150.89 and £161.50. However, there have also been examples of this coin selling for as much as £200 in the past.



A rare Kew Gardens 50p.
A rare Kew Gardens 50p.

If you find a Kew Gardens 50p in your change soon, the first thing you should do is check the date on it. The Royal Mint reissued a batch of the coins in 2019 to celebrate 50 years of the 50p and that version doesn’t tend to sell for as much.

But even a reissue is worth a pretty penny. It’s claimed they can sell for between £70 and £80 on eBay.

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