KEEN coin collectors can now get their hands on a brand new £5 coin released by Royal Mint as part of its Tower of London collection.
The Crown Jewels coin is the second one in the collection, which is a celebration of the Tower of London’s role in protecting the Crown Jewels.
Royal Mint Coin collectors can splash out on the commemorative coins on the Royal Mint website
The first Tower of London coin was the Legend of the Ravens coin. It was released in December, and featured the birds that made the Tower their home.
The new coin released today features the Crown of Mary of Modena, a section of the ancient walls as well as the White Tower – the oldest part of the Tower of London complex.
Mary of Modena was Queen of England, Scotland and Ireland as the second wife of James II and VII. She was born in 1658 and died in 1718.
For more than 600 years, the Tower has housed the monarch’s collection of crowns, robes and other ceremonial regalia including up to 20,000 jewels.
Unfortunately, there are no plans for either of these coins to go into circulation so one isn’t likely to turn up in your change any time soon.
The £5 piece is available to buy directly from the Royal Mint’s website with prices starting at £13 for a copper-nickel version – but it may be worth more online.
A commemorative coin celebrating The Snowman, which was released before Christmas, cost a tenner but later sold for up to £30 on eBay.
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 like 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.
In 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.
Nicola Howell, director of the consumer division at The Royal Mint, said: “We are thrilled to introduce the Crown Jewels as the second coin of the Tower of London collection.
“The Crown Jewels are dazzling pieces which never fail to delight and amaze those who see them, and this particular design of the Crown of Mary of Modena captures this beauty perfectly.”
Meanwhile, Emma Saunders, head of retail business development at Historic Royal Palaces, said: “Over 3million visitors a year visit the Tower of London and one of the key attractions for them to see is the Crown Jewels.
“We are delighted with the second design in the Tower of London Coin Collection, which so beautifully celebrates the history and the splendour of the Crown Jewels.”
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A year ago, a 50p coin marking 100 years since women gained the right to vote was launched by the Royal Mint.
More recently, the Royal Mint released a new Gruffalo 50p coin to mark 20 years of the children’s story character.
The coin maker is also re-releasing alphabet 10p coins that celebrate all things British – and they could be worth up to £100.
Do you have any of these rare 2p coins worth up to £56 in your pocket?
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