YouTube star finds ‘collectable’ 50p coin worth £63,000

YouTube star LadBaby has discovered he's the owner of a collectable 50p coin supposedly worth £63,000.

On his Instagram story earlier this week, the popular social media star told his one million followers he had an unearthed the lucrative coin after reading an article about a 50p coin which had been sold for 126,000 times its face value.

The father-of-two keeps hold of 50ps, amassing quite a collection of his own, which he checked to see if one of his coins would bring in the same financial rewards.

He told his fans his wife, Rox, "always winds" him up because whenever he gets a 50p, he keeps them.

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Hoarding the silver coins has proved to be a wise move after the 33-year-old learned he was the owner of a Battle of Hastings commemorative coin.

Nottinghamshire Live reports the 2018 Celebrity Dad of the Year told his followers he'd be willing to sell it on at a discounted rate.

He said: "I'll take 60 grand for it now, just DM me".

LadBaby, whose real name is Mark Ian Hoyle, has yet to share whether anyone has made an offer on the coin.

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But the graphic designer and lifestyle blogger may not bag quite as hefty a price tag for his coin.

Coin experts were baffled when the 50p exchanged hands for £63,100 as there are believed to be a further 6.7 million in circulation.

The coin, which was released in 2016 to mark 950 years since the Battle of Hastings, was listed on bidding site eBay on June 15 with an opening price of £1,500 – but this quickly rose to £61,100 in 10 days.

A total of 41 bids were received.

Experts were stunned, with many saying the coin isn't even a "rare" edition.

A 50p coin commemorating the Battle of Hastings

They believe its sudden rise in popularity could be attributed to people using less cash while the coronavirus pandemic continues.

The back of the Battle of Hastings 50p coin was created by designer John Bergdahl four years ago.

It features the drawing of King Harold with an arrow through his eye, taken from the Bayeux Tapestry.

It was created to remember the day when King Harold II was defeated by William the Conqueror, leading to the conquest of England by the Normans.

But with more than six million in circulation, they're not the rarest out there – the Kew Gardens coin still holds this title with just 210,000 in circulation.

It currently ranks second place on ChangeChecker's scarcity index scale, alongside Paddington Bear at the Station and Roger Bannister 50p coins.

If you've got one of these coins in your change, you may be able to trade it online for a fortune, depending on the quality and authenticity of it.

It's worth bearing in mind experts say it's not the rarest fifty pence out there – and there are many more listings on eBay for just £2.