Rare 50p Coins Featuring Olympic Swimmers Sell For £10 000

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Rare 50p coins featuring Olympic swimmers are selling for hundreds or even thousands of pounds online.
One sold for £410 last week and a similar version sold for £10,100 in June.
Some 29 sports featured on the commemorative coins produced for the London 2012 Olympics. But the original accidentally incorporated wavy lines obscuring the swimmer's face (below). 
Valuable: The original accidentally incorporated wavy lines obscuring the swimmer's face
Only 600 were released before the mistake was spotted and the coin re-minted.
Until the five-figure record price was reached on eBay in June, rare 'wavy lines' coins were selling for £800.
It is not the only 50p piece that attracts collectors - but many are perfect specimens.
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