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The E-Sylum: Volume 13, Number 51, December 19, 2010, Article 27

DAILY MAIL REPORTS 2011 50 PENCE COIN FOUND IN CIRCULATION

Philip Mernick writes:

Hare's an interesting (but incorrect) news story about 2011 dated coins. The follow up comments further down the page are also entertaining.

The Royal Mint offers all 29 versions of the Olympic 50p coin in folders for a "special price" of 85 pounds (very special when they have a face value of 14.5 pounds!). I believe eight have, so far, been released into general circulation. I only have one but somebody I know has had all eight from his local supermarket.

Thanks for sending this. The circulating 50 pence commemoratives were my favorite coins while living in London in 2007. -Editor

2011 50 Pence It's a find that could earn a student a mint - a 50 pence piece with next year's date on.

Sarah Legg was handed the coin in her change after paying for lunch at her college and noticed an unusual design.

The silver coin features one of 29 designs by members of the public created for the Royal Mint ahead of the 2012 Olympics.

Now the 17-year-old forensic science student hopes to sell it to coin collectors to help pay her university fees after she leaves Fareham College in Hampshire.

However, the Royal Mint today said the coins have slowly been released into circulation since October so people should expect to start finding them in their change now - and their value is only 50 pence.

'I thought I had gone into the future with the markings it had. Where the date it is made was it said 2011.

'I was a bit shocked to be honest and showed all my friends. It looks like the Royal Mint have made a blunder.'

Coin experts are perplexed by the find.

Rob Davies, of Portsmouth, Hampshire, said: 'It is very unusual and special and the young girl should keep it.

'I could not put a price on how much they cost but it is very special and similar to the 20 pence issue a few months ago.'

Royal Mint spokesman Nick Scargill, said: 'It is unusual but they are perfectly legal tender. It is very special.'

To read the complete article, see: New Year comes early as student discovers 50 pence piece dated 2011 in her change (www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1339063/Student
-Sarah-Legg-given-rare-50p-piece-dated-2011-change.html)

Wayne Homren, Editor

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