While out on a NCAR coffee run, we got our first plastic fiver this week, which made us think about collectable everyday currency.
Notes with low serial numbers in the first printing run have become prized collectors' items. (The first fiver – bearing the number AA01 000001 – was presented to the Queen.)
We will have to take a closer look at the serial number, as one of the first fivers to be minted with the serial number AA01 000017 just sold for over £4000 at a Birmingham Auction.
If you think that's a healthy profit, there is one on eBay with the serial number starting with AK47. It has had 107 bids and bidding is up at £80,100. Eighty thousand pounds. Let's just take a moment to absorb that (and run to check our fivers!)
So after picking ourselves off the floor and some careful research on google, here are a couple of coins that one of you lucky readers may have lurking in your purse, wallet, under the sofa cushion, in a penny jar or the kids piggy bank!
(Couldn't resist this fun fact first though, the hobby of collecting currency is called Numismatics; you learn something new everyday!)
It seems that the batch of 2008 undated 20p coins are the ones to look out for and if you are lucky enough to find one, these can sell for around £50.
The other coin worth looking out for is a batch of 50ps with the Kew garden pagoda design on the back as not many were made.
If this has tickled your fancy, there are a few areas to consider on your way to becoming a numismatist; historic coins, coins minted in a particular year, specific serial numbers, coins minted with an mistake, coins from different countries. The London Mint Office website has a wealth of information for those interested in stating a coin collection