Rick Drains from Chelmsford has become one of the first people in the UK to sell a new 20p coin on one of the popular internet auction sites, e-by-gum.co.uk.
He explained that he couldn't believe his luck when reading about 20p coins in his local newspaper. He saw the story in between acres of print on the death of Michael Jackson, the on/off divorce of Katie Price and the virtues of Emma Watson.
Checking the change in his pocket, he was amazed to find a 20p coin. He categorically states that he didn't remember seeing it that morning, as all he had bought was a microwave food bowl, a packet of 10 nasty, unnamed batteries (all since gone flat) and some out-of-date lemonade from the local Pound Store, which, by the nature of its business, tends to give two pounds change when one buys three items and tenders a five pound note.
He took a picture of his 20p coin and listed it immediately.
Rick confirmed that the coin went to an unnamed buyer in Canada for 20p.
After inclusive postage, the commission to e-by-gum.co.uk, and further commission to internet money transfer scheme PiePeel.co.uk, Rick confirms that he lost £3.47 in total on the transaction.
"Frankly" he said, "with the current state of the economy, I'm surprised it sold for as much as it did."