Whether you've just come across a jar of old coins lurking at the back of a cupboard or wardrobe, or have been left some coins as an heirloom, finding out if they could be worth a something may have just got a little easier.
Valuations from The Royal Mint
While their main role is to make coins for the UK, The Royal Mint has launched a brand new service valuing pre-decimal coins (before 1971), so you can see if yours could be genuine and how much they might be worth.
Anne Jessopp, CEO of The Royal Mint, says “As a trusted organisation with an unbroken history of minting British coinage dating back over 1,000 years, customers have been asking us to value and authenticate their pre-decimal coins for some time." She adds: “I am delighted that we are launching a service that makes the respected opinion of our experts more easily accessible for our customers.”
Is there anything else in your home that could be worth something? According to research from storage company Space Station, first edition Harry Potter books can sell for between £200 and £40,000; rare Lego pieces or sets are in demand – a Millenium Falcon from 2007 could fetch £7,000; and rare Beanie Babies could be worth up to £350,000!
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Ask the experts
The Royal Mint Collector Services team has extensive knowledge of British pre-decimal coin history, and is well placed to help coin collectors gain a deeper understanding of their coins.
Customers can choose from three levels of service – online, standard or premium – to identify, authenticate and value their coins. Premium service customers also receive a Royal Mint certificate signed by the Deputy Master of the Mint to authenticate their coin.
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Find a coin dealer
As well as the Royal Mint, there are many other coin dealers who can carry out valuations. In London, try Spink or Baldwin's, or if you're near Southampton, R. Ingram Coins.
To find a coin dealer near you, you can search on Numis and the British Numismatic Trade Association.
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