It could be worth checking through your change as experts have recently revealed the rarest 10p coins – and some are selling for a whopping 175 times their face value.
The rarest 10p coins form part of the A-Z collection, which was a release of 26 coins to celebrate the best of all things British. There is a coin for each letter of the alphabet, with themes including fish and chips, cricket and James Bond
The collection was launched by the Royal Mint in 2018 and it’s estimated that there are currently up to 300,000 of each coin in circulation. Coin hunters who are keen to complete the alphabet are seeking the scarcest coins – so it’s worth keeping your eye on your spare change to see if you can sell it for more than its face value.
Here are the five rarest coins based on those in current circulation (uncirculated versions will likely fetch more as they’re in unused condition) with the prices they have recently fetched on auction site eBay.
- Z for Zebra Crossing 10p – £3.41: The Royal Mint released this 10p to celebrate James Callaghan’s pedestrian crossing. The black and white crossings have also become iconic in British culture thanks to the Beatles’ Abbey Road album, which shows all the members walking over a zebra crossing.
- R for Robin 10p – £17.50: The R for Robin coin was spotted selling for a higher price than the other coins we’ve mentioned. The robin coin depicts the red-breasted bird against a wintery, snowflake background with a robin sitting inside the letter R.
- W for World Wide Web 10p – £13.27: This coin celebrates the internet, and the W for World Wide Web 10p features an intricate spider web design.
- Q for Queue 10p – £4.09: It’s widely known that Brits love to queue! This 10p coin plays tongue-in-cheek homage to that. The design shows ten people queuing in the middle of the letter Q.
- T for Tea 10p – £3.20: We are a nation of tea drinkers. It’s hard to find a Brit who doesn’t love putting the kettle on to make a brew—and this coin celebrates the popular hot drink.