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Rare Kew Gardens 50p coin sells for £171 on eBay after bidding war check your change

A rare Kew Gardens 50p coin has sold for £171 on eBay after sparking a bidding war.

The sought-after piece attracted 37 bids following a five-day auction, before eventually selling for £170.99 plus £3.23 delivery.

The Kew Gardens 50p regularly tops lists of the most valuable 50 pence pieces as there are only 210,000 in circulation.

This means coin collectors are willing to pay substantially more than its face value – like this example on eBay – to get their hands on one.

The coin was released in 2009 to mark 250 years since Kew Gardens opened in 1759.

Its design features the famous Chinese Pagoda in the gardens being intertwined by a leafy climber.

Change checking website Coin Hunter says the mid-point price for a Kew Gardens 50p is £156.25.

It puts the average price range for one being sold to between £150.89 and £161.50.

However, we’ve seen examples where they’ve fetched more than £200. Another sold for £172 back in May this year.

It’s important to remember that a coin is only ever really worth what someone is willing to pay for it.

If you find a Kew Gardens 50p in your change, you should also check the date on it first as not all these designs are wanted be collected.

The Royal Mint reissued a batch of the coins in 2019 as part of a collection to celebrate 50 years of the 50p – and these don’t tend to fetch as much on eBay.

The 2019 version typically sells for between £70 and £80 on the auction site.

If you’re thinking about buying a rare coin on eBay, you should always be wary of fakes doing the rounds.

Websites and Facebook groups from change experts like Coin Hunter can help you work out if a coin is the real deal or not.

You can also get coins verified by the Royal Mint.

Other rare coins to keep an eye out for include this £2 coin from 1994 that was only ever meant to be a trial design.

And this rare version of a £2 coin launched to mark the centenary of the First World War could be worth up to £500.

Meanwhile, a coin expert said how this HG Wells £2 coin could be worth up to £1,000 due to a minting error.