The 50p, described as “very rare” on the listing, was designed to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary of the English Language.
The coin is unique among Britain’s currency and with 17,649,000 currently in circulation it is possible you could have one too.
Samuel Johnson’s Dictionary was published in 1755, a date which features on the design on the coin, and 250 years later the dedicated scholar was honoured with a commemorative 50p coin.
The detailed reverse by Tom Philips shows Johnson’s explanation for fifty pence, while the other side features the portrait of the Queen by Ian Rank-Broadley, FRBS.
The coin was issued in 2005 and just 12 years is selling for a huge sum of money online.
While the condition of the coin is not specified the coin has been fetching interest.
eBay has marked the coin as receiving one view per hour an 16 people are currently watching it.
How do you spot it? Look for ‘Johnson’s Dictionary 1755’ on the bottom of the coin.
Despite this, the listing on eBay writes: “This is a genuine, circulated, never-been-cleaned, fifty pence piece (50p) from 2016 portraying the Battle of Hastings.
“The coin is in excellent condition for a circulated coin and was recently classified by the media as a very rare piece. With one even being listed for £2.5 million.
“Open to reasonable offers, please feel free to message me with any questions.”
Published at Tue, 10 Oct 2017 13:12:00 +0000