*Frantically digs behind the sofa*
Payday might feel like a million miles away, but we’ve got a suggestion for you if you’re in desperate need of a cash injection – check your 50p coins immediately.
Experts have ranked 59 fifty pence pieces in order of rarity, and the results are very surprising because the humble silvery coin could actually be worth thousands of pounds.
Look after the pennies, etc.
The first ever 50p coin launched fifty years ago, and now a scarcity index has been released to reveal which seven-sided coins are deemed the most ‘rare’ by experts.
There have been many popular reinventions of the coin, but the most valuable appears to be the Peter Rabbit collection.
To celebrate Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday in 2016, the Royal Mint released 9.6 million Peter Rabbit coins designed by Emma Noble which were distributed in in the Lake District and other UK locations related to the author.
Proving just how popular these coins are, one Peter Rabbit 50 pence piece sold for £5,000 on eBay this year and another sold for £3,200.
According to The Mirror, the entire collection is available in colour and is selling for upwards of £999, and collectors are forking out around £680 for a single colour Peter Rabbit coin.
If you can’t find any in your piggy bank, fear not – the The Battle of Britain 50p, which went into circulation in 2016, could also be worth thousands of pounds. A production error on the commemorative coin makes them more valuable to collectors, with one selling for £2,500 on eBay.
So we’d start pulling out the sofa cushions ASAP if we were you.