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The rarest and most valuable coins out there right now - from 50p to £2

The i logo The i 13/09/2018 Alex Nelson
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Rare coins exist that are worth far more than the number printed upon them, and several rare variations on standard legal tender are out there right now.

Websites like ChangeChecker.org - a resource for coin collectors in the UK - run trackers than calculate the median price of recent eBay auctions to determine which coins are most valuable to collectors at any given time.

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Here are the coins to be checking your change for:

Kew Gardens 50p

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A 50p released to commemorate 250 years of Kew Gardens in 2009 is the coin in current circulation likely to fetch you the most money if you're lucky enough to find one in your change.

It depicts the Gardens' famous pagoda on one side, and only a relatively small batch of 210,000 were minted, meaning you can now expect around £80 for one.

Those in particularly good condition could even be worth over £100 to collectors.

'Inverted Effigy' £2

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These £2 coins are the result of the slipping of a piece of the Royal Mint's machinery during the striking process.

It is not confirmed how many may be out there, though estimates point to figures around the 3,000 mark, making them very rare indeed.

If the Queen's head on your coin is rotated by around 150 degrees in relation to the back side (which features an image of Britannia), you could be in possession of a coin with a collector's value of around £75.

92/93 EEC 50p

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These 50p pieces were released in the early '90s to celebrate the European Economic Community, and depict 12 stars to represent the member states of the EU at that time.

You probably already know if you have one of these as they are of the older, chunkier variety of 50 pence piece, and if you do, collectors could be willing to pay over £60 to take if off your hands.

Undated 20p

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Often regarded as the jewel in the coin collector's crown, the undated 20p is the one coin every change collector wants to get their hands on.

It was the first coin to (mistakenly) enter circulation without a date in over 300 years when the Royal Mint's 2008 error saw a quarter of a million timeless 20 pence pieces printed.

It is not the most valuable piece of shrapnel out there, but you can expect to get around £50 for one.

NI Commonwealth Games £2

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Just under a million of these £2 coins celebrating Northern Ireland's participation in the Commonwealth Games of 2002 were minted, making them the rarest variant of the £2 coin around.

Part of a set depicting the four home nations - Wales, England and Scotland versions of the same coin are also highly sought after - if you have one in your possession, an asking price of £30 is not unreasonable to collectors.

Olympic Football 50p

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The 2012 set of 50 pence pieces depicting each of the Olympic sports to coincide with the London Olympics is often credited with giving British coin collecting a boost in interest.

It's estimated that over 75 per cent of the coins have been taken out of circulation by collectors, which only makes them harder to find for new hobbyists - and therefore, more valuable.

Any of the coins will get you a nice profit should you decide to sell, but the football coin which depicts an explanation of the offside rule is the one to watch out for - it could net you over £10.

Jemima Puddle-Duck 50p

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The rarest of the Royal Mint's 2016 collection celebrating the work of Beatrix Potter, these coins are £10 when bought officially from the Mint themselves.

That's about the price you can expect to sell yours for if you have one, though most collectors would rather plump for a mint condition coin direct from the source, so prices have halved in recent months.

2015 Britannia £2

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These £2 coins won't make you rich; collectors seem to only be paying just over their intended value.

But £2 coins minted in 2015 are relatively rare in the grand scheme of things, so you can expect one of yours to sell for at least double its legal value, should you intend to part ways with it.

Properly aligned (unlike the 'Inverted Effigy' coin featured above), 2015 £2 coins with the image of Britannia on them can be worth around £6 to collectors.

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The 26 new ‘alphabet’ 10p coins appearing in your change – which are the most rare and valuable ones?

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