2.1 million rare coins are due to enter circulation from the Royal Mint which feature ‘All things British’. Collecting them all could earn you up to £100! Designs include James Bond, Fish and Chips and the Loch Ness monster themed 10 pence pieces.
26 coins will be introduced into circulation; one for each letter of the alphabet. They will be updated versions of the A to Z coins entering circulation TODAY so it’s time to grab your wallet and inspect your loose change! What should you look out for? And which ones are worth the most?
The coins will feature designs that celebrate all things quintessentially British including: cricket, fish and chips and (obviously) a good cuppa tea. First entering circulation last year, coin collectors soon snapped them up for private collections or sold them for inflated prices on the internet.
Despite the fact that this will be a new batch, expert Colin Bellamy expresses that collectors will be just as eager to snatch the coins as there will be one minor difference; 2019 not 2018.
E for English Breakfast is set to be the best seller with some buyers paying up to £8 for the coin. Shortly followed by B for Bond… James Bond which can be expected to sell for up to £6.
Some less financially valuable but personal favourites include Q for queuing, T for Teapot, I for Ice Cream Cone, N for National Health Service and D for Double Decker Bus.
Uncirculated coins sell for a lot more as their conditions is near-perfect; you can buy these coins straight from the Royal Mint but it will cost around £16 each!
Currently, you can purchase ‘Early Strike Uncirculated’ coins for just £2 on The Royal Mint website, or you can also purchase all 26 coins and a collectors album for £61.90.
Nicola Howell, from The Royal Mint said:
“It will be one of the most limited issue coin designs for 2019 to be released into circulation, so to complete the collection we also have an exclusively designed 2019 A to Z collector album.”
This time, less coins are actually being put into circulation, making the competition all the more fierce. Considering demand was so high last year that the website crashed, this release is set to be intense.
Online, you can even purchase ‘name frames’ to spell out someone’s name with the coins or boxes to hold them in. The 2018 collection is also still available to buyers.
The app ‘Coin Hunt’ has also been made by The Royal Mint for hunters to document which coin they have found and where.
What are the other coins you should look out for?
50 pence coins celebrating half a century of the Royal Mint was launched last month with five coins to collect in all (the one of Kew Gardens can fetch for up to £160).
A Brexit coin is also rumoured to be released by the Chancellor which could potentially be worth hundreds of pounds.
The Beatrix Potter 50 pence collection could also turn your 50p into some serious dough, especially if you manage to retrieve the full set.
So your loose change could actually be worth a lot more than you might think. Make sure you get checking your chunk of change next time you pop to the shops!