Coin collectors were in the news again earlier today, when an extremely rare 10p coin attracted the attentions of several serious bidders on auction website eBay. Or is it ebay?
The coin, which is like MANY other 10p coins - in that, it has that crowned lion on one side, and the Queen's head on the other - has become sought-after largely because of its 'amazing history'.
The coin is currently owned by Don Gullerble. He claims it came into his possession when he bought a packet of crisps at a village shop last week. He paid for the 45p crisps with a £1 coin, and, in amongst the change, received the 10p coin, which the shopkeeper told him:
"used to belong to Elton John. He was in here just 5 minutes ago to buy a newspaper."
But there was more. According to the shopkeeper, Mr Smerk:
"Elton said he'd been keeping it for a while, having received it - whilst he was collecting for charity - in a handful of change from Princess Diana. Naturally, he was reluctant to let it go, but reasoned that he couldn't hang on to it forever."
As Gullerble became more interested in the coin, Smerk told him that he also had a £10 note that once belonged to footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, who had once popped in to buy some condoms. He often popped in for condoms. Mr Smerk said he didn't know what Ronaldo did with so many of the things!
He would sell the £10 note if Gullerble was interested, for just £20!
Gullerble saw the opportunity for a quick profit on eBay, and handed over a £20 note for the Ronaldo £10 note, and made haste.
Today, he decided to sell the coin, and set the opening price at the minimum £0.01 (1 penny), and, although bidding was initially slow, the current high offer is 9p. Said Gullerble:
"I'm not worried. It's early days."