The New Jane Austen £10 note was unveiled last week, to mark the 200 year anniversary of the author's death. The polymer note will go into circulation in September, and is likely to attract the attention of collectors - who will be willing to pay good money to get their hands on particular notes.
When the Winston Churchill £5 polymer notes entered circulation last year, eBay was awash with the new notes - some of which sold for hundreds of pounds to keen collectors. The patterns we saw in the notes that sold for the highest figures give us an insight into the kinds of £10 notes we should keep our eyes peeled for.
Low serial numbers, including notes starting with AA01, were in particularly high demand. In the early days after the notes were released, some changed hands for more than £200 each.
Fairly low serial numbers are also worth keeping your eye out for. While the £5 notes with AA01 were by far the most valuable, as long as they have an AA at the beginning, the note may be worth more than its face value if you get lucky on eBay. Some AA £5 notes higher than 01 sold for as much as £20, as have some notes starting AB and some starting AC.
Quirky numbers have also been put up for sale, including those featuring 007, AK47, and some with long strings of the same number. Some hit the headlines after attracting bids of thousands of pounds on eBay, but the buyers rarely paid up. Never-the-less, it's worth putting quirky numbers up for sale and the right number could be worth a few times the face value.
Sequential serial numbers are worth looking out for too. Note collectors consider these particularly desirable, and a sheet of 60 notes with the range AM01-AM60 followed by the number 428000 sold for £8,500 - so if you happen to come across notes with consecutive numbers, they could fetch several times their face value.
Incredibly valuable coins
Incredibly valuable coins
This Australian coin was the first half crown minted under Edward VII. The price for a Melbourne coin in good condition is particularly high because around half of them were produced with faults. It’s now worth £7,500 and has risen in value some 13,789% since it was first in production
The only half crown on the list gets its position from its rarity value. However, the fact this is a silver coin rather than a gold one does affect its value - so it’s worth £10,500. It’s significantly less than others on the list - but it has still appreciated 79,445%.
This is the newest coin in the top ten, and the first year that sovereigns were produced featuring the Queen. The coin was produced in small numbers for investors - rather than for circulation - so is thought to be worth £12,500, due to its rarity.
This is another collectable gold coin prized for its rarity value. It’s worth £15,000 today and has appreciated 191,716%
This was issued in very small numbers, as it was produced during WWI. As a result, few are available - especially as uncirculated coins - so one in good condition will fetch £16,000.
This is another coin prized for its rarity, thanks to a relatively low number being minted, and more being taken out of circulation during WWI. It’s now thought to be worth £17,000 after appreciation of 42,084%.
This 1926 coin has shot up in value and is now worth £31,500. The rise in value is partly to do with a very low mintage, and partly to do with the fact that people were asked to hand their sovereigns over to be melted down during WWI, which took many of them out of circulation.
This brass threepence from 1937 has benefited enormously from the fact that Edward didn’t stick around for long to get too many coins struck in his image before he abdicated. It is now worth £45,000.
This 1933 penny has seen a stunning appreciation in value and is valued at a whopping £72,000 today. The value is due entirely to rarity. Only around seven British versions of this coin were minted, and were intended for the King to bury under the foundation stones of new buildings. They have been subject to theft, and a few are said to be in private hands now.
This isn’t the oldest coin in the list, but it was produced in a year when all gold coins were recalled and exchanged for paper money - so the vast majority were melted down. Its rarity and popularity puts it head and shoulders above the rest. It is worth an eye-watering £6,500,000, and has increased in value 2,178,885% since it was produced.