Commemorative coins are of great interest to many, especially coin enthusiasts. Some may look to eBay, with the site listing hundreds of supposedly “rare” coins on a regular basis. One such piece is this 2016 Battle of Hastings 50p coin, which was recently uploaded on the site for £1,100. Described as “a piece of English history”, the piece was uploaded by eBay seller “traderman76” - who has been a member of the auction site since last November. The seller has started the bidding price at £1,100, however, eager buyers could purchase the coin immediately for £1,800. On top of the price, the new owner will have to pay a delivery fee of £1.50, so this coin won’t come cheap. The current owner also admitted the coin is circulated - something that is said to decrease the value of a coin.
eBay: ‘Rare’ Battle of Hastings 50p coin selling for £1,100 - is it worth it?
So is it worth it?
The Battle of Hastings 50p coin is one of the most sought after in circulation, but it's not technically rare.
It was created to remember the day when King Harold II was defeated by William the Conqueror, leading to the collapse of the English army.
The Battle of Hastings was fought on the 14th of October 1066 between the French Army, led by Duke William II, and the English Army led by King Harold.
King Harold was eventually defeated by William who then became known as William the Conqueror; he was crowned the first Norman King of Great Britain.