‘FAKE TWO PENCE’ – Rare error coin earns charity £1350 at auction


VIJAY SHAH via TheLADbible and Daily Mail

Poppy Appeal collectors in the English city of Malmesbury in Wiltshire county found themselves a small windfall after a ‘fake’ coin that was deposited in one of their charity collection boxes turned out to be a rare minting error that sold for £1,350 at a recent auction.

Volunteers working for the British Royal Legion were sifting through the takings from a street collection appeal for ex-service personnel when they stumbled across a 2-pence coin that was silver-coloured, instead of the usual copper. Convinced it was a badly-done fake or a joke, the Legion charity workers sent it to a bank to be destroyed.

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The Royal Mint, which is responsible for minting the United Kingdom’s coinage, however confirmed that far from being a criminal mastermind’s idea of a bad joke, the silver 2-pence piece was in fact an unusual minting error, caused by a blank for a 10-pence piece, usually now made of nickel-clad steel, being mistakenly struck with a die intended for 2-pence coins, so in essence, this coin was a 10-pence in the ‘clothes’ of a 2-pence. The coin, due to its circumstantial appearance in circulation and the fact that the Royal Mint rarely make such money mistakes, meant it was a highly-prized talk of the town among numismatists.

Local Legion branch chairman Richard Tilney said of the coin’s sale “The Legion has a corporate partner who sells old medals and coins, and they are going to take it off our hands for a handsome price.

The Poppy Appeal is very dear to our hearts and it would be fantastic to get the money to the right place”

The rare item was sold at auction and purchased by coin collectors’ company The Westminster Collection for £1,350, of which the Royal British Legion received £1349.98 profit on a donation of only £0.02.

According to UK newspaper Daily Mail, a similar misstrike issued in 1988 was sold in 2014 for more than £1,350 and coinage error market experts say that similar errors can sell for up to £2,000 to niche coin collectors.

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“Rare Two Pence Coin Thought To Be A Fake Sells For £1350” – George Pavlou, TheLADbible (17 June 2016) http://www.theladbible.com/articles/rare-two-pence-coin-thought-to-be-a-fake-sells-for-ps1350-170616
“The silver tuppence that’s worth a fortune: Coin dropped into a charity tin turns out to be incredibly rare 2p piece made by a ‘minting error’ (but now it can fetch £2,000)” – Euan McLelland, MailOnline News/Daily Mail/Daily Mail, The Mail on Sunday & Metro Media Group/Associated Newspapers Ltd (26 May 2016) http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3610452/Poppy-collectors-thought-silver-2p-coin-dropped-tin-fake-turned-incredibly-rare-collector-s-item-worth-2-000.html
“Rare Two Pence Coin Thought To Be A Fake Sells For £1350” – George Pavlou, TheLADbible (17 June 2016) http://www.theladbible.com/articles/rare-two-pence-coin-thought-to-be-a-fake-sells-for-ps1350-170616

PHOTO MOMENT: Cool photos of Rare and Amazing Things

Vijay Shah (editor)

Joy Barnes (contributor)

Today’s photo moment comes courtesy of an email forwarded on to me from an old friend and former housemate I lived with until two years ago. The Half-Eaten Mind offers you a selection of photos depicting amazing animals and places that will inspire an equal amount of awe and amazement, with a hefty dollop of cuteness thrown in for good measure.

The pictures you will see here are reproduced exactly as I received them, with original captions maintained. This Photo Moment reminds us of the cool and amazing things that exist in our world and that great photo opportunities are available to everyone. To make and to witness. There are many rare things and sights in this world that many of us will be lucky to see even once in this lifetime. This Photo Moment could be the closest to seeing these spectacular events outside of actually being there.

Zoe the White Zebra has blue eyes and golden stripes.
A small cheetah training to be the fastest in the universe.
‘The cat without fear’
Hotel Four Seasons Bora Bora
Conservatory of Music in China
So embrace the zebras
Kiss in Paris
Premature elephant born only one minute ago.
Each year in February, the sun’s angle is such that Horsetail Falls waterfall lights like fire. Yosemite, USA
Houseboat, Iceland.
Panda, scared after the earthquake in Japan, embraced the leg of a policeman.
Dubai dawn with fog
Kalapana, Hawaii where sea meets lava
”I think I’ll try to take a picture of myself.”
”The sand burn, burn, burn!”
Beijing Airport by night
Two-year-old chimpanzee feeding milk to “Aorn,” a small tiger 60 days old.
A duck tends to continue throughout his life to follow whoever he first sees at birth, whether or not it’s his mother.
”Otter by teaching your baby.”
Highway in Japan with snow around more than 10 meters high.
Puma cub
Spectacular rice fields in China
Austria’s Green Lake is a beautiful park in winter. The snow melts in summer and creates a very clear lake.
Undersea tunnel linking Sweden and Denmark
The world’s highest swimming pool is located in the skyscraper Marina Bay Sands, Singapore. Views chilling.
Amazing lightning storm over the Grand Canyon.
The so-called ”Tunnel of Love” Ukraine
A rancher was not allowed to build shelter for his horses, so he built a table and a chair, without breaking the law.
Baby chameleons
Panda helping another
“The road to Heaven,” a place in Ireland where every two years the stars align with the road
World’s largest swimming pool in San Alfonso, Chile – more than 1,000 yards long
Crystal Palace, Madrid
”Heaven’s Gate,” Zhangjiajie Tianmen Mountain, China
True friendship is not being there when it’s convenient, it’s being there when it is not.
The Northern Lights, Alaska
Llamas after fleecing
White owl
The famous Rosa Moss Bridges, Ireland
Eiffel Tower, romantic and beautiful Paris, France
Road to Hana – Maui, Hawaii
Hanging restaurant, Belgium
Baby giraffe
Sea otters hold hands while they sleep to keep the current from separating them
There are animals with more sensitivity than many people.
Fireman giving drink to a baby koala in Australia fires
Amazing view of Manhattan, New York from above
Frozen bubbles in the Canadian Rockies, Canada
Spiral iridescent cloud in the sky in the Himalayas – phenomenon observed on October 18, 2009
View of the semi-submerged cataract, Hawaii
Northern lights over the Canadian Rockies
Winter in Paris
A pink lake due to a harmless bacteria – Retba Lake, north of the Cap Vert peninsula of Senegal
This dog saved her puppies from a fire at home and put them safely in one of the fire trucks.
Infinite Cave, Vietnam


Original copyrights belong to the photographers who took the above creations. Images derived from email by Joy Barnes and forwarded by Suzanne Nungesser.