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Rare Christmas 50p sells for £150 on eBay – and there are thousands more out there

Source - Sky

By - Levi Winchester

Date - 11-10-2021

A rare Christmas themed 50p coin has sold for £150 on eBay after sparking a bidding war.

The festive 1998 coin features an image of Santa and a chimney with the word "Christmas" at the top and comes with a matching commemorative card.

It sold for £151.25 on eBay on September 30 - around 300 times its face value - after attracting 24 bids.

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The coin had been listed for ten days and had a starting price of just £1, with postage costing £6.85 from a buyer listing in England.

However, this particular Christmas coin was actually minted in Gibraltar - which means it is technically not legal tender in the UK.
It also wasn't released into circulation, instead being designed as a commemorative piece.

Saying that, it still isn’t impossible that one might turn up in your spare change - so it’s worth keeping an eye out.

Christmas coins are likely to be worth more as the festive season approaches with collectors wanting to add some seasonal pieces to their collection.

This Christmas coin has a mintage of 30,000, according to change checking website Coin Hunter.

In its description on its website, Coin Hunter says: "Coins struck for Gibraltar since 1997 have been produced by Pobjoy Mint and Tower Mint.

On its scarcity index, which ranks coins in terms of how rare they are to find, Coin Hunter ranked this Christmas design as 65 out of 100.

Coins that are rated 100 on its scarcity index are the hardest to find, with zero being very common.

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I wasn't aware these existed. Guess who will be checking his change on a regular basis from now on! :) 

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