An extremely rare silver 2p coin dropped into a Royal British Legion collection box in Yorkshire last month was dismissed as worthless by the Poppy collectors and taken to the bank to be destroyed.
They thought they had a fake coin, but they had something potentially worth £2,000…
Rare Minting Error
The coin – one of only a few known to exist – was actually a rare minting error that resulted in the 2p piece being struck in “silver” (actually “cupronickel” – an alloy made of 75 per cent copper, 25 per cent nickel), rather than the usual copper-plated steel.
The error came about when a blank 10p was accidentally used in the striking of a 2p piece.
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