eBay: Rare 50p coin selling for £5,400 – could one be in YOUR wallet?

The 50p coin is currently being sold on eBay for a whopping £5,400, as part of the Beatrix Potter collection.

It was created in 2016 to mark the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter’s birth, with the Royal Mint issuing a limited amount of 40,000 of the coins.

Avid currency collectors can snap up the rare coin which is no longer in circulation, albeit for a huge markup. 

The coin has the head of Peter Rabbit on it, with his paws clutching inwards.

His name is also on the coin, hidden behind his long ears.

On the other side of the coin is the portrait of The Queen, created by Royal Mint Engraver Jody Clark and was introduced in 215.

The eBay listing currently doesn’t have any bids, but is due to end on December 21.

It states: “Beatrix Potter collectable 50p, Peter Rabbit, 2016 Very rare. Excellent condition.”

Anyone wanting to get it as a last minute Christmas present has five days before the listing ends.

Other people selling the same coin on eBay are selling it for similar prices, ranging from £3,450 to £5,000.

The new collection was launched 29 February 2016 in commemoration of the author, designed by Royal Mint designer Emma Noble.

She explained: “It is amazing to be given the opportunity to work with such famous and treasured literary characters.

“I felt they were strong enough to stand alone and I designed them in this way as I thought they would work best for both the coloured commemorative and un-coloured circulating coins.”

Other characters that were released included Mrs Tiggywinkle, Jemima PuddleDuck and Squirrel Nutkin.

A rare £1 could also be worth a fortune if found in loose change, due to a rare minting error.

Being sold on eBay for £1,000, the error shows that the centre of the coin is incorrectly stamped and off centre.