Rare 50p found on beach sells for £10,000

A rare 50p coin found on a beach has sold for over £ 10,000 within days of listing on eBay.

The Olympic coin was put into circulation nine years ago prior to the 2012 London games.

But the design on the swimmer’s coin changed quickly – with wavy lines removed from the front of the swimmer’s face.

This means that the original – of which only 600 are in circulation – is highly sought after by collectors.

The coin attracted 68 bids on eBay in 10 days and sold for £ 10,101, it reports The mirror.

“I don’t understand much about coins,” wrote the seller, “but I believe this coin is genuine. Don’t bid if you’re not confident. “

Usually millions of coins are put into circulation when a new design is made – meaning there are only 600, which is very rare.

Experts at coin specialists ChangeChecker predict that these coins can be worth between £ 1,000 and £ 1,500.

If you have one at home, check to see if the waterlines cross the swimmer’s face.

A coin is only worth what someone pays for it, so there’s no guarantee yours will sell for that much.