A warning has been issued about buying some kinds of coins online

From unwanted gifts to pre-loved items, there’s no shortage of things to buy on eBay. This includes an array of coins, of which some have been dubbed as “rare” by their sellers. While this could be great news for some avid coin collectors, it’s important to be aware that a number of these listings won’t come cheap. Take, for example, a 50p coin of the 2017 Tom Kitten variety which pays tribute to the late Beatrix Potter.

The coin has a starting price at auction of £900.

The seller, “elizho-10”, has also listed a £3.95 postage fee for economy delivery.

As well as posting pictures, the eBay user has added a brief description.

“Beatrix Potter Coin 2017 Tom Kitten, fantastic condition,” they wrote.

The seller also claimed: “Coins are a good investment as they will only increase in value.”

So, is this coin really rare, and is it actually worth £900?

It’s down to the buyer as to how much they’re willing to pay, however there are some facts about this coin which are readily available.

Its mintage, for instance, is 9,300,000.

The website Change Checker explains that when it comes to scarcity, this 50p is relatively common - ranking at one on the scarcity index.

Meanwhile, the coin experts behind Spend it? Save it? What should you do? have valued it at £4 - eight times the face value.

The coin was issued in 2017 in order to celebrate one of Beatrix Potter’s much-loved children’s stories - The Tale of Tom Kitten.

Designed by Emma Noble, it depicts the cheeky character, and also has the name Tom Kitten on it.

While the seller may insist this rare coin is a good investment, it’s important that buyers are aware of a warning that’s been issued about coins listed online.

In the guide Spend it? Save it? What should you do?, Phil Mussell and the Coin

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