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Rare Olympics 50p coin sells on eBay for £133 after bidding war

Bidders fought it out for a rare 50p coin on eBay, with it selling for £133 in the end. The coin, released in 2009 in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics, shows an athlete doing the high jump.

It was created by nine-year-old Florence Jackson, who won a Blue Peter competition. Her design was put onto thousands of 50p coins.

Some 20,000 of the coins were minted, and while they were never officially put into circulation, many did enter everyday transactions. They were originally sold for £1.09, but are now worth a lot more.

One has just sold for £133.26 after the seller listed it on eBay. It had a starting price of £20, but this quickly jumped up and up as a 38-way bidding war ensued, reports the Liverpool ECHO.

The winning bid came in at £133.26, plus 75p for “economy delivery”. 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 of the 2011 edition coins were made and released into circulation, meaning these will not be worth nearly as much.

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