Check the change: Plymouth resident sold 50 pence at an astronomical price
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34-year-old Plymouth resident Darren James urged people to take a closer look at the little things after he sold a rare 50 pence coin online for an “astronomical amount”.
Darren James bought a 2009 Kew Gardens 50p coin and tossed it into the back of his closet.
The commemorative coin, minted to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the opening of Kew Gardens in 1759, lay forgotten until a chance encounter with an ad reminds Darren to check the denomination.
He lists the coin on eBay after seeing a “check change” ad. Through a quick Google search, he saw that the same coins as his were being sold for hundreds of pounds.
The man was shocked when bids began to come in and about 200 people watched the sale as the deadline approached auction, PlymouthLive reports
Darren said, “I bought the coin at the height of the 50p craze, and I also collected some Olympic coins. I bought it for a pretty high price, around £80 at the time. When I saw an advertisement for checking change for rare coins, I thought it was a google coin I had and realized that people were buying them for an astronomical amount, so I decided to give it a try.
As a result, the coin was sold for £186.11.
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