IT?셎 time to raid your piggy bank and spare change jars because you might just be sitting on a small fortune.
Earlier this year, a 2p coin sold for almost 짙1,400 at auction because it was silver instead of copper and now the new 짙5 is selling for over SIXTY times its value on eBay.
How to spot a valuable 짙5 note
The first batch of notes, which were released last week, are proving popular with collectors on eBay.
The ones with low serial numbers are proving the most valuable – selling for up to 짙300.
The first batch of notes carry the serial number AA01, followed by a six-digit number.
Although, you won’t be able to find the AA01 000001, which was giving to the Queen, there are 999,999 new fivers with the same prefix.
While you might not be as lucky to find a coin as rare as the 2p or have a new 짙5 note in your wallet, there might be other loose change that’s worth hanging on to.
Silver 2p coin: how only two have ever been found
This coin has only ever been found twice. It happens when a blank 10p coin accidentally ends up being pressed with a 2p mint.
The first ?쁲ilver??tuppence was sold for 짙1,400 two years ago, after a former petrol station owner found it in a roll of coins.
In June, a second was sold for 짙1,350 at auction to The Westminster Collection after a it was found in a Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal tin in Malmesbury, Wiltshire.
Volunteers took it to the bank and staff suggested it might be worth a small fortune and told them to send it to the Royal Mint.
Kew Gardens 50p: one of the rarest coins fetches up to 짙50
In 2009, The Royal Mint issued a coin to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Royal Botanic Gardens.
However, around 210,000 were minted with a picture of the iconic Kew Gardens Pagoda.
The Royal Mint says it is the rarest coin in circulation and currency collectors will usually pay around 짙30-짙50 on eBay to snap it up.
Beatrix Potter 50p: sell for up to 40 times its value
Earier this year The Royal Mint launched a coin to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Beatrix Potter?셲 birth.
It?셲 the first time a fictional character has appear on a coin and some are being sold for 짙20 online.
Yasmin Britton, from ChangeChecker.org said: ?쏷he more collectors hoard these coins, the less likely you are to find one in circulation – some are selling online for 40 times their face value!??/p>
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Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games: the rarest 짙2 coin
The Northern Ireland Commonwealth Games 짙2 coin from 2002 is considered the rarest 짙2 coin. Just under half a million coins were minted.
There are a total of 417 million 짙2 coins in circulation, so they are not easy to come by. They usually sell online for 짙20.
Euro 50p could sell for up to 짙100
This 50p coin is even rarer than the Kew Gardens one.
Only 109,000 coins were ever issued and if you?셱e lucky enough to have one it could fetch for up to 짙100 on eBay, according to ChangeChecker.org.
It was issued in 1992 to mark the EC Single Market and the UK presidency of the Council of Ministers.
However, it?셲 unlikely that you?셪l find one as it is of the old chunkier 50p design that was replaced in 1998 and can no longer be used in shops.
Olympics 50p – do you have one with football, wrestling and judo?
In 2012, The Royal Mint issued 29 coins to mark the London Olympic games. Collectors have been trying to get혻the full set making some designs more popular than others.
As much as 75% of Olympic 50p coins have been removed from circulation by collectors.
The rarest coins are those depicting football, wresling and judo.
How to check the value of a coin
If you think you?셶e got a coin that could fetch a few bob then it?셲 worth getting it verified.
The Royal Mint Museum offers a service where you can get your coins checked by an expert for free. Call 01443 623 004 or go to royalmintmuseum.org.uk.
Stanley Gibbons, which specialises in stamp collections, also offers a free valuation service through its rare coin division, called Baldwin’s.
For more common coins you could try selling them online, via a website like eBay.
Have you ever found a rare coin? Email: Tara.Evans@The-Sun.co.uk