eBay is the place to head when it comes to buying and selling rare coins.
It is the world’s biggest online marketplace, attracting thousands of people looking to buy these collectable items.
One coin that has been sold on eBay is a rare 2016 50p coin.
The coin was minted to commemorate the Battle of Hastings and was sold for a whopping £400.
The 50p was sold this afternoon after a bidding war, with the winning bidder securing the coin for 800 times its intended value.
It was sold by eBay user “kastaf_68”, who appears to be new to eBay.
The seller listed the coin as a: “RARE 1066 BATTLE OF HASTINGS 50p COIN.”
Attracting buyers, the coin’s description read: “VERY RARE 1066 BATTLE OF HASTINGS 50P COIN 2016 IN VERY GOOD CONDITION.
“THIS COIN IS HIGHLY COLLECTABLE AND SOUGHT AFTER.
“WILL CONSIDER SENSIBLE OFFERS, AND WILL COMBINE POSTAGE.
“ANYONE THAT WANTS TO BUY MORE THAN ONE COIN, I’M SURE WE CAN COME TO SOME SORT OF AGREEMENT. SO DON’T HESITATE MAKE A OFFER OR JUST MESSAGE ME (sic).”
The Stockton-on-Tees-based seller offered £2.97 postage for the winning bidder.
Minted in 2016 the 50p coin as made to commemorate the 1066 Battle of Hastings.
The coin was designed by John Bergdahl and depicts King Harold being shot in the eye.
King Harold’s death meant the defeat of the English Army to William the Conqueror, a turning point in British history.
Highlighting the battle the coin features the engraving of a soldier, with the inscription “Battle of Hastings” and the date “1066”.
The Bayeux tapestry inspired the coin’s design, a 70-meter long cloth known as the only visual record of battle and the events leading up to the Norman conquest of England in 1066.
However, despite the eye-catching design and the high selling price, the coin is actually not that rare at all.
According to scarcity index Change Checker, the coin has a “common” rating, as five million were minted in 2016.
Yesterday the exact same coin was listed on eBay for a staggering g £5 million.
Optimist seller “jonnycapita” from Crook, UK, would certainly pocket quite the profit – if anyone buys the piece.