A regular £2 coin has a yellow nickel-brass metal ring on the outside and a gray copper-nickel disc in the middle – but this unusual coin is all yellow
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A rare £2 coin, which appears to be monochromatic due to a design flaw, has sold on eBay for £255.
A normal €2 ring has a yellow nickel-brass metal ring on the outside and a gray copper-nickel disc in the middle – but this one is all yellow.
The 2009 coin sold for exactly £255 plus £1.50 delivery after receiving a flood of 28 bids after a seven-day auction.
The impressive selling prices mean the £2 changed hands for around 127 times its face value. You can see the eBay offer here.
Coin Hunter experts previously told The Mirror that this type of error is known as a “yellow” £2 coin. If you find one, it can be worth up to £500.
According to Coin Hunter, it’s unclear how many of these special bug coins might be in circulation.
Error coins have a flaw or flaws in their design and are worth their weight in gold to collectors.
The reason they are often sought after is that they are usually hard to come by – in some cases they are even a complete one off.
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The Royal Mint produces between three and four million coins a day, so it’s easy to see how mistakes can happen.
You should always be careful and do your research first before buying any coin on eBay as counterfeits abound.
Change expert websites and Facebook groups like Coin Hunter can help you figure out if a coin is right or not.
You can also ask the Royal Mint to verify coins.
The seller of this ‘yellow’ £2 coin has admitted in the description of their eBay listing that the coin has not been verified by the Royal Mint.
Valuable money – what you should pay attention to
If you are selling a coin, note that there is no guarantee of how much you could get on eBay unless you set a reserve price.
Coins are really only worth what someone is willing to pay for them.
For more coins that could be worth a fortune, we have a guide to the rarest bug coins that could be worth up to £3,100.
A new £2 bug coin was recently spotted by experts – and it could be worth £100 if you find one in your pocket change.
Coin Hunter has found specimens of the 2016 Army £2 coin made by the Royal Mint with the wrong inscription on the outer rim.
The coin should have the words “For King and Fatherland” instead of “The whole city in terrible flames”.
Coin Hunter believes the 2016 Army £2 coin was accidentally struck with the inscription for the Great Fire of London £2 piece.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/money/rare-2-coin-sells-255-26737359 Rare £2 coin sells for £255 due to design flaw - check your change