Brits urged to check wallets for special 50p worth £225 as thousands in circulation

Brits are being urged to check their wallets for a rare 50p coin worth £255 as thousands are said to be in circulation.

The rare coin was released in 2009 and features an athlete doing the high jump and was designed as part of a Blue Peter competition, with the image drawn by nine-year-old Florence Jackson.

Florence’s drawing was transferred onto the coins, issued ahead of the 2012 Olympic games in London and more than 20,000 of the coins were minted, and while they were never officially put into circulation, many did enter everyday transactions.

The coins were originally sold for £1.09 – but they’re now worth a lot more as some coins have sold for as much as £286 on eBay in recent months.

One lucky seller has just received a huge £225.01 for theirs, after listing it on the online auction site. The sought-after coin attracted 17 different bids, with the sale price jumping considerably after starting at £9.99.

The item, which sold on June 19, was listed as a “rare uncirculated Blue Peter winner’s edition 50p coin pack 2009”.

If you come across one of these coins, the first thing you should do is check the year on it. This is because a second edition of the coin was minted in 2011.

About 2.2million coins were made and released into circulation, meaning these will not be worth nearly as much.