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IT'S hunting season for coin collectors.

From the launch of the new "A-Z" British 10p coins, to the 2018 Beatrix Potter collection, it's fair to say that interest has never been higher, with collectors eager to get their hands on the new coins.


But while we don't know for sure how valuable the new sets could be worth - though we think some could go for hundreds of pounds - you might be sitting on a pretty penny already.

One thing to look out for is genuine "error coins" - which are coins produced by the Royal Mint that aren't quite up to their usual high standards.

Even though it manufactures between three and four million coins a day, the chances of a coin featuring a minting error are actually very small.

But of course mistakes do happen - and when they do, it's this rarity which makes the coins all the more valuable when they are discovered - so make sure you check your change to see if you have unusual coins which could be worth a fortune.

And we've found one really rare example of an error coin that's just been sold for a hefty price.

Rare silver 2p Royal Mint error, sold for £41

 This silver 2p coin has just sold for a hefty £41>>
This silver 2p coin has just sold for a hefty £41

A 2p is normally copper plated - 1ps and 2ps stopped being made from bronze back in 1992 due to rising prices.

But the reason this 2016 2p coin has sold for such a hefty sum is because - as you can see  - it's made from silver.

The seller says that as well as being a "very rare" example of the Royal Mint making such an error, the coin also weighs slightly less than the usual 2p - 6.9gramms instead of 7.2gramms.

The seller - who also made £40 from another of these silver 2ps - says they're in "stunning condition."

The best way to find out if your error coin is genuine

RARE and valuable coins can go for a hefty sum - but how do you know your coin is the result of a genuine minting error?

The best way to find out if you have an error coin is to send it to the Royal Mint museum, who will analyse it and see if it is a result of a genuine minting error or not.

It'll normally take a couple of weeks to get the results back to you.

And remember, there's a difference between a genuine error coin and one that is just imperfect, for example with a design that is not as clear as you'd expect.

And whatever you do don't be tempted to splash your cash without evidence from the mint confirming that it's a genuine error.

The coin is "brilliantly uncirculated" - which means it hadn't entered general circulation - but that doesn't mean you won't find a rare error coin in your own change.

Earlier this month, one Sun Online reader had it confirmed that his 2017 circulated and misshapen Peter Rabbit coin was the result of genuine error by the mint - and it could be worth hundreds of pounds.

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Bus driver Paul White found the sad-looking 50p piece in his change at the end of the working day.

Also strange and wonderful coins from around the world can sell for massive sums among collectors.

One large rare 50p from the Isle of Man sold for a whopping £510 on eBay.

The dangers of selling your coins on eBay

THE most valuable coins are usually those that have low mintage numbers or those with an error.

The most valuable coins are usually those that have low mintage numbers or those with an error.

These are often deemed the most valuable by collectors.

Once you’ve found out whether the coin is real or not, you have a number of options - either selling it through a coin dealer, at auction or on eBay.

Sell it at auction 

If you’ve got a coin that you would like to sell at auction then you can contact a member of the British Numismatic Trade Association.

They usually deal in very old coins but they may be able to help you assess whether it’s worth selling your coin at auction or whether it would be valuable to collector.

Sell it on eBay 

If you want to sell the coin you’ve found in your spare change on eBay then you need to know the risks.

Remember to set a minimum price that is higher or at the very least equal to the face value of the coin.

Even if your coin “sells” on eBay for a high price there’s no guarantee that the buyer will cough out.

It its terms and conditions, the auction website states that bidders enter a “legally binding contract to purchase an item”, but there’s no way to enforce this rule in reality.

The most eBay can do is add a note to their account acout the unpaid item or remove their ability to bid and buy.

This is because in order to sign up to the website users do not need to put in valid bank or PayPal details before making a bid.

If a bidder refuses to pay, then the only option for sellers is to give “second chance offers” to other bidders or relist the item.

For items of a high value eBay recommends that sellers put a limit on their listing to approve bidders.

It means bidders must email you before placing a bid but NOT that they must pay out the cash if they win.

Peter Rabbit and Flopsy Bunny among new Beatrix Potter 50p coins released by the Royal Mint

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