SEVEN new 50p coins have been released to celebrate 75 years since the end of the Second World War – and they could be worth up to £292.
The Victory in Europe Day coins have been produced by Westminster Collection, but sadly you can’t use them in UK shops as they’re only legal tender on the Isle of Man.
Although it’s not impossible that the coins will turn up in your change in the coming months.
Each coin features a design and letter reflecting victory during VE Day and together spell out “Victory”.
The first coin features the letter V and depicts Winston Churchill for the first time on a 50p coin with his famous V for Victory stance.
The “I” letter coin shows residents on the Isle of Man celebrating the end of the Second World War, while the “C” coin features soldiers shaking hands in front of Trafalgar Square.
The fourth shows the HMS Dido Battleship returning home after the war, while the fifth depicts Spitfires flying over St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.
The next coin represents the street party celebrations that took place when it was announced the war was over, while the final coin shows a soldier returning home to his family.
The coins are available in brilliant uncirculated quality, as well as sterling silver and gold.
They’re available on the Westminster Collection website now, with prices start from £6.25 for an individual coin in brilliant uncirculated quality and £43.75 for the set.
The brilliant uncirculated coins are unlimited in quantity, but the silver coin has an edition limit of 5,000 for the individual coin and 2,020 for the set.
While just 250 coins of the gold proof coin as well as 20 full sets are up for grabs.
Residents on the Isle of Man are in luck though, as 25,000 coins of each edition will go into circulation in March.
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.
It 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.
Rachel Hooper of Change Checker told The Sun: “From a collectability point of view they are sure to very sought-after amongst collectors.
“Coins from the Isle of Man tend to have much lower mintage figures and with just 25,000 of each design initially entering circulation on the Isle of Man, they are bound to be snapped up quickly.
“It’s also worth noting this is the first time ever Winston Churchill has appeared on a 50p coin, which is sure to make this set incredibly popular.”
A rare Snowman 50p coin, which was launched on the Isle of Man in 2003, sold for a whopping £292 on eBay in 2018.
And it’s rarely sold for less than £200 when one of the rare coins makes its way onto the auction website.
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The Royal Mint is also releasing a £2 coin to celebrate VE Day, depicting the celebrations that erupted following news of Germany’s surrender on May 8 1945.
Last year, the Westminster Collection released Peter Pan 50p coins into circulation on the Isle of Man.
We’ve made a round-up of the most valuable and rarest 50p coins – do you have on worth £590 in your spare change?