A man, from Stockton-on-Tees, who found a rare coin back in 2014 is preparing for its auction tomorrow.
Scott Jinks discovered the £2 a while back but completely put it aside when his attention turned to caring for his ill dad.
Then when both of his parents passed away, the dad came across the coin once again when he was counting his change with the kids.
Almost six years on since he discovered the coin with the error, Scott has decided to finally put it up for auction.
Now in an exclusive chat with Daily Star Online, the dad has lifted the lid on the importance of that coin.
He said: “We found the coin in change in the backend of Summer 2014, the children got short changes at the shops and I needed a way of getting them to start counting.
“They got back from the shops and we looked through the coins and I spotted it was from the First World War.
"I checked online and saw designs, mine was different, so I spent a few months looking and decided to send it off for inspection.
“But The Royal Mint replied around five months later with a letter stating correct Queen’s Head, which baffled us but I was busy looking after my dad who was unwell.”
He left his incredible discovery for many years as he was preoccupied with caring for his dad who was diagnosed with cancer.
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Then when his both his parents passed away, Scott looked through his change in 2019 and remembered the £2 coin.
Scott continued: “I was determined to find out as there was nothing on the internet about it, I emailed everyone, found online auction houses, coin specialists, you name it.
“Only one person got back to me and convinced me to get the coin reassessed, so then I went back to The Royal Mint and in 2020 I finally got a response.
“The letter confirmed what I had believed all along, an incorrect die had been used for the obverse side and it is indeed missing the words two pounds.
“Finally it sunk in, the coin is genuine and we found it. After careful consideration and advice I decided to auction at Lockdales as it’s the best way to find its true value.”
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Now Scott is preparing to auction his £2 coin tomorrow (March 29) at Lockdales Auctions.
He added: “We would love it to go for thousands of pounds, or tens of thousands, but let’s be realistic, whatever it goes for I am sure we will put the money it sells for good use.
“If that be a small family treat and something for the wife as she keeps this family going, then that’s a celebration regardless, we are just happy we found it.”
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