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Hunt out those 2p coins as copper prices soar
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1925 Gold Sovereigns  ....
One of the most unusual facts about 1925 sovereigns is that in 1949, 1950 and 1951, the Royal Mint produced sovereigns, but instead of preparing new dies with George VI's head, and with the correct date, they lazily re-issued George V sovereigns da

1925 Gold Sovereigns - Edward VII 1  ....
1925 Gold Sovereigns - Edward VII 1925

1975 Full Sovereign British Gold Co  ....
1975 Full Sovereign British Gold Coin Uncirculated Decimal Head

Halfpenny and farthing  ....
Halfpenny and farthing

Halfpenny 1868 Cupro-Nickel Proof F  ....
Auction 149 English Coins Lot 2306 Halfpenny 1868 Cupro-Nickel Proof Freeman 304 dies 7+G UNC and lustrous with some contact marks

The first will be used on €2 coins  ....
The first will be used on €2 coins and 4.5m of these coins will be issued into general circulation in January 2016. The second will be used for the Central Bank's gold and silver proof collector coins which will be available in March

Three new British coins  ....
New coins released include a 50p to commemorate Battle of Britain and a £2 to mark First World War centenaryThird coin is £2 marking 800th anniversary of Magna Carta showing King John accepting historic treaty in 1215

Hunt out those 2p coins as copper prices soar

British shoppers have long viewed one penny and 2p coins as little more than a nuisance, but rising copper prices made rummaging around the backs of sofas a little more worthwhile today. A 2p copper coin is now worth 3P.

British Copper coins made before 1992 are 97 per cent copper, which means that each 2p coin contains 6.9 grams of copper and each penny piece contains 3.45 grams of copper.

To get a tonne of copper it would take 145,000 2p coins or 290,000 1p coins, giving a face value of £2,900.

But if the same coins were sold for their metal content they would collect almost £4,500, after the price of copper hit a fresh high of 8,312 US dollars (£4,463) a tonne today

The Royal Mint warned that it was an offence for a member of the public "to melt down a coin of the realm"

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