YOU might want to check your change to see if you have a 10p NHS coin as the coronavirus crisis has seen its popularity soar and it could be worth 6
YOU might want to check your change to see if you have a 10p NHS coin as the coronavirus crisis has seen its popularity soar and it could be worth 60 times its face value.
The coin features the letter “N” and symbolises the NHS with a stethoscope wrapped around the letter.
It was originally released in April 2018 as part of an A to Z collection to celebrate all things British.
There are 26 different 10p coins in the collection to correspond with the 26 letters in the alphabet.
According to the Royal Mint, 220,000 of each of the 10p coins were released into circulation.
But the “N for NHS” coin has shot up in value, according to coin collecting site Changechecker.org.uk.
It says the 10-pence piece has moved up three places in its scarcity index of the most wanted coins thanks to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, with Brits eager to show their appreciation to our health workers.
When The Sun checked sold prices on eBay, we found that one such N for NHS coin sold for £6 during lockdown on April3.
While that might not seem like a lot, it’s 60 times its face value.
Is your small change worth a fortune?
IF you think that you might have a rare coin then you might be able to make a real mint.
The most valuable coins are usually those with a low mintage or an error.
These are often deemed the most valuable by collectors.
You should check how much the coin is selling for on eBay.
Search the full name of the coin, select the “sold” listing and then toggle the search to “highest value”.
It will give you an idea of the amount of money that the coin is going for.
You can either choose to sell the coin on eBay or through a specialist such as ChangeChecker.org.
If you choose the auction website then remember to set a minimum price that is higher or at the very least equal to the face value of the coin.
Even if your coin “sells” on eBay for a high price there’s no guarantee that the buyer will cough up.
It its terms and conditions, the auction website states that bidders enter a “legally binding contract to purchase an item”, but there’s no way to enforce this rule in reality.
The most eBay can do is add a note to their account for the unpaid item or remove their ability to bid and buy.
But it has sold for even more in the past, as back on February 17 one sold for £7.50 – 75 times its face value – after attracting 12 bids.
Of course, there’s no guarantee you’ll get this price if you sell your own version online as it ultimately depends on how much a collector is willing to pay.
ChangeChecker says the second most collectable 10p coin from the A to Z collection is currently “T for Tea” which is a non-mover on the scale.
It sports the letter “T” alongside a brewing teapot and we spotted one that fetched £3.05 on eBay.
“B for Bond” was previously the most popular 10p coin on the list but it’s now dropped down to 11th place.
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Experts at ChangeChecker said: “It comes as no surprise that the most sought-after A-Z 10p is currently N for NHS.
“Now, more than ever, the NHS is playing a vital role to keep us safe and well during the coronavirus pandemic and so it seems only fitting that this 10p has grown in popularity.”
ChangeChecker has also revealed the most popular £1 and £2 coins too.