Published on November 5th, 2018 | by Sam Rose
The Curious Case of the Rare Guy Fawkes Coin
Whilst you’ll be checking on the food cooking and that the fireworks have been lit safely this Bonfire Night, make sure to look out for the Rare Guy Fawkes Coin too!
As the fireworks stream across the sky on Bonfire Night, homes across the UK will be commemorating the anniversary of the foiled Gunpowder Plot in 1605. A story that remains etched in history, the Gunpowder Plot was the treasonous attempt by Guy Fawkes and his conspirators. Whilst eventually foiled, they planned to overthrow the government and blow up the Houses of Parliament. You might remember that we’ve previously mentioned that a £2 coin was created in 2005 to mark the 400th anniversary of this event. But what you may not know, is that a rare version of this coin currently still exists. Plus, it could be worth a hefty sum if you discover one! Curious? Then be sure to read on about the Rare Guy Fawkes Coin!
The Rare Guy Fawkes Coin
If you’ve not taken a look through your collection of £2 coins recently, then here’s a reason to do so. Whilst the Guy Fawkes Coin was released in 2005, many may not be aware that a rare version of this same commemorative coin exists. But what makes it rare exactly? Well a closer inspection reveals a spelling mistake included on the inscription. If you were to look at the side of the coin, you would expect to see the infamous rhyme that has been commonly attached to the Gunpowder Plot itself. On regular minted versions of the coin, it should read as “Remember, Remember the Fifth of November”. However, the Rare Guy Fawkes Coin doesn’t include this. Instead, the inscription reads “Pemember, Pemember the Fifth of November”. What seems like a simple spelling mistake could actually help fetch you a larger amount of money! Here’s why.
How Much is the Rare Guy Fawkes Coin Worth?
So how much will this marked error potentially make you in cash? Well whilst there is no predetermined pricing for this rare coin, some online listings confirm that the coin with this spelling error has sold for £25 or above. That’s over 12 times the overall face value. But back in August, an online listing of the Rare Guy Fawkes Coin started at a whopping £399 on bid. As with most rare coins, the overall price they will fetch is dependent on their condition and scarcity index figure.
The Royal Mint who were responsible for minting the special commemorative coins were previously approached about the error. Whilst admitting that some coins may have ‘slipped through the net’, they didn’t unfortunately confirm how many are in circulation. Citing it as “likely to be a consequence of the production process”, they went on to comment: “It’s very, very infrequent that we issue coins with an error. We have quality control to detect any defects.”
Other Rare Coins
Of course, the Rare Guy Fawkes Coin is not the only rare currency you should keep an eye out for. In one of our recent guides, we featured the EC 50p and back in April, Change Checker listed some of the top rare coins to be on the hunt for. In terms of smaller change, the Royal Mint also released a series of A-Z coins celebrating everything about Britain, with some letters of this series being worth a huge amount indeed!
So, when you’ve finished lighting your sparklers and dividing out the Parkin, be sure to dig into your pocket, wallet or purse. There might be the chance that you’ve got a Rare Guy Fawkes Coin stashed away. It could just make a Bonfire Night full of Toffee Apples and Cinder Toffee that little bit sweeter!