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Infographic: Making cents of rare coins

Posted with permission of Express Vending | May 11, 2016

Coins can be far more valuable than the amount stated on the exterior. Currency collectors often find themselves overly excited at the tiniest of details and will invest heavily to fulfill their collecting urges.

Rare coins to look out for can generally be divided into two categories:

  • Those intentionally made in small amounts—like the 250th anniversary commemoration of Kew Gardens 50 pence, which is well known in the coin-collecting community as the rarest British coin in general circulation.

  • Those that come about because of a minting error—for example the Kansas state quarter, of which a small quantity was produced with the unfortunate text “In God We Rust.”

It’s not always true that the less commonplace a coin is, the more valuable it will be at auction. Any coin with an interesting story or unusual quirk can do well. All you really need to know is what to look out for.

Fortunately for your future fortune, Express Vending’s research team has produced the following guide that you can use whether you’re home or abroad:

Making cents of rare coins

Ch-ch-ch-changes are afoot. In 2017 the Royal Mint will introduce a new 12-sided one pound coin to wallets, pockets, purses and gaps between sofa cushions across Britain. Not only is this a victory for Her Majesty’s Treasury, who can clamp down on the estimated 50 million counterfeit £1 coins currently in circulation, but it’s also a win for budding coin enthusiasts too.

Find a penny, pick it up and then double-check it against this handy chart. You never know your luck.

Posted with permission of Express Vending.

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