Those dateless 20 pence coins are still a hot topic in the news in the U.K. -Editor
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/
A BIRMINGHAM mum is hoping to fetch thousands of pounds for a rare 20p coin she got from raiding her son’s 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 I’m not normally very lucky. I go to bingo with a friend and we never win anything.
“I’m 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.
“I’m excited because if we got some money we might go on holiday and I’d 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
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/
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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