Yep, you read the title right and it’s no joke – an eBay seller has listed a rare 50p coin for the price of a massive £2 million.
The eBay user jasonlparish has written into the description of the pence piece, which is a 2016 Battle of Hasting themed coin, that it is “very rare” and “beautifully crafted”.
The ‘buy it now’ price of the coin is set to £2 million, but don’t worry… The shipping cost is included, so that makes it all worthwhile. Obviously.
Weirdly enough, the whopping price of the thing isn’t acting as a deterrent at all. At least 430 people somewhere out there are watching this frighteningly priced item, which just goes to show the true potential value of a 50 pence piece.
Then again, maybe people are just waiting around to see if anyone actually clicks the button for real.
The text on the listing describes the 2016 coin specifically as: “A very rare and beautifully crafted 1066 Battle of Hastings 50 pence piece.”
We’ll give them that – it looks like coin collectors may indeed feel a burning desire to purchase this metallic image of King Harold, pictured with an arrow in his eye as seen on the Bayeux Tapestry.
And for those of you who didn’t know, the Bayeux Tapestry is an almost 70m long embroidery on a piece of cloth that depicts the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England.
There were 6,700,000 of these coins made in 2016, according to Change Checker website.
So maybe this coin is a little bit snazzy then. But probably not £2 million worth of snazzy.
The designer of the pence piece, John Bergdahl, made it to commemorate the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. Which was, of course, in 1066.
We know this because of that Hastings Direct advert that was on TV in the noughties. Thanks, Hastings Direct!
Anyway. Apparently, this has become a relatively regular occurrence in the world of eBay. As in, it’s not only jasonlparish who’s hoping to exchange small change for huge wads of cash.
Listings by other eBay sellers have shown the Battle of Hastings themed coin up for sale for £800. A set of three commemorative 50 pence coins are going for quite a bit more than £1.50, with a buy it now price of £1.8 million.
With other rare 50p coins in circulation, it might be worth checking your pockets. There was a 50th anniversary of the Worldwide Fund for Nature in 2011, an NHS themed coin from 1998, a Commonwealth Games design in 2014, and a Battle of Britain one from 2015 – amongst others.
Other themed 50p coins include designs which have taken inspiration from Benjamin Britton, libraries, Beatrix Potter, the dictionary, Girl Guides, and heroic acts.
The more you know.