The two-pence piece worth hundreds of pounds

Emma Woollacott
Cupro-nickel 2p piece
Cupro-nickel 2p piece

A two-pence coin cast in the wrong metal is set to sell for hundreds of pounds at auction this week.

Rather than the usual bronze, it seems that the coin was accidentally made of the silver-coloured cupro-nickel used for coins such as ten pence pieces. It's thought that a cupro-nickel blank was somehow left inside a barrel during the minting process and stamped along with all the normal copper two pence pieces.