A coin found in a poppy appeal collection and thought to be a fake turned out to be a rare misprint worth a fortune
MOST of us are pleased to get shot of the small change bulking up our purses but wait … it could be worth a fortune.
A 2p coin dropped into a charity collection tin has just sold for a whopping £1,350.
The rare coin was found in a Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal tin in Malmesbury, Wiltshire, and was initially believed to be a fake.
But when volunteers took it to a bank, staff suggested that they send it to the Royal Mint – who revealed it was as a rare misprinted coin worth a small fortune.
A nickel blank, intended to become a 10p piece, was accidentally pressed in the 2p mint.
Now it’s been bought by a collectable coin company The Westminster Collection.
It’s not the first of its kind.
A similar ‘silver’ tuppence was sold for £1,400 two years ago, after a former petrol station owner found it in a roll of coins.
Last summer, the Royal Berkshire Hospital charity found one in their collection tin and eagle-eyed volunteer Becky Jennings put it up for sale on eBay, netting more than £800 for the charity.
While you might not find this particular coin, there are plenty more reasons to rifle through your loose change.