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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 28, July 12, 2009, Article 22

THE CRAZE FOR THE ROYAL MINT'S DATELESS 2009 TWENTY PENCE

Those dateless 20 pence coins are still a hot topic in the news in the U.K. -Editor
UK Dateless 2009 20 Pence


A 38-year-old man says he has received offers of up to $815 for a rare coin he was given as his change for a drink purchase at a British pub.

Lloyd Hefferman told The Sunday Telegraph he discovered he was given a 20-pence coin missing a date when he recently purchased a pint at The Botolph Arms pub in Peterborough.

"I had heard about the rare 20-pence pieces on the news that day, and was talking with my mates about how brilliant it would be to find one," Hefferman said.


To read the complete article, see: Man's beer change includes rare coin (http://www.upi.com/Odd_News/2009/07/05/
Mans-beer-change-includes-rare-coin/UPI-64301246822888/)

A BIRMINGHAM mum is hoping to fetch thousands of pounds for a rare 20p coin she got from raiding her sons moneybank.

Annamarie Byrne, from Kingstanding, went on the hunt for one of the coins minted without a date after she was told by neighbours she might get 50 for it.

But the 28-year-old single mum of four is hoping to hit the jackpot after hearing that one seller on eBay had sold theirs for thousands.

She said: I was really surprised to find it because Im not normally very lucky. I go to bingo with a friend and we never win anything.

Im a single mum so this money would come in very handy. If I got quite a bit I would take the kids on holiday to Disneyland.

Her four-year-old son Eugene said he was pleased to have the rare coin among his own collection that he keeps in a silver whale moneybox.

Im excited because if we got some money we might go on holiday and Id like to see a big dinosaur, he said.


To read the complete article, see: Mum raids son's piggy bank and finds 20p coin worth thousands (http://www.birminghammail.net/news/birmingham-news
/2009/07/04/mum-raids-son-s-piggy-bank-and-finds-20p-coin-worth-thousands
-97319-24072868/)

A LUCKY Grimsby man is set to cash in on a national mistake by coining in an undated 20p piece.

Duncan Young was stunned when he was given one of the dateless coins in change at a local supermarket.

Freelance photographer Duncan Young, of Grimsby, found his coin in change from Sainsbury's Local in St Peter's Avenue, Cleethorpes, on Tuesday.

He said: "Obviously the shops are not checking the coins as I got mine in change.

"I didn't think anything of it, but later I looked more carefully and saw that one was a rare unmarked coin.


To read the complete article, see: Duncan can coin it in with rare 20p (www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk/news/Duncan-coin-rare-20p/
article-1156974-detail/article.html)

Dick Johnson forwarded this article with an interview with Chris Hill of Dix Noonan Webb. -Editor
Christopher Hill, a director of coin auctioneer Dix Noonan Webb in Mayfair, central London, says: 'It is still not known exactly how many 20p pieces without a date there are in circulation, but their value will only rise over time. We recently sold one for 100. These coins could be worth holding on to as they might fetch a few hundred pounds each in a few years.'

'Mules' are rare and such anomalies make them highly sought-after among coin collectors. The previous mules arose when a batch of 2p coins were minted with the words 'New Pence' instead of 'Two Pence' in 1983.

Christopher says: 'These coins are worth far more than they were when made in 1983 and we can sell them for between 500 and 700, depending on their condition.'

Collector and trader Glenn Ogden, 50, from Chudleigh, Devon, says people should get involved not just to make money, but should have a genuine interest in coins. 'My grandfather used to give me newly minted half crowns as a child,' he says. 'I would eagerly spend the coin on sweets and show him the change. He was disappointed, but as I grew up, my interest in history and the beauty of coins grew.

To read the complete article, see: 20p coins worth a mint? Now it's the 700 2p coin (www.thisismoney.co.uk/investing/article.html?in_article_id=488426)



Wayne Homren, Editor

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