Rare 1p coin with unique detail could be worth hundreds - see if you own one

A pile of mixed UK coins
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Coin enthusiasts are buzzing over a rare 1p piece that could fetch a tidy sum for collectors.

The Royal Mint, the institution behind the UK's coinage, has been busy issuing new designs, including a recent 50p to commemorate the D-Day landings of World War 2, retailing at £12.

But it's not just fresh mintings that are stirring excitement. A TikTok user from the account @coincollectingwizard highlighted a particular old penny that's worth keeping an eye out for one that could be worth a whopping £280.

This coveted coin is the 1882 1p from the United Kingdom, distinguished by a unique 'H' mark positioned under the date instead of the usual left side. The mark is so minute that you'd likely need a microscope to see it.

Featuring on the obverse is the youthful portrait of Queen Victoria, often referred to as the 'bun head' due to her hairstyle, from her reign which spanned 1839 to 1901, reports the Mirror.

On the flip side sits Britannia, depicted seated with a shield and clutching a trident. The TikTok coin guru remarked: "The 1882 with a H mint mark is very valuable."

However, they noted a crucial factor: "But this does also depend on one condition, if you are lucky enough to find an uncirculated version of this coin, then it is worth over £280."

Sharing their own success, the user added: "I was lucky enough to find this coin in a pre-decimal coin hunt recently. Just remember the important rule with these pre-decimal coins, it all depends on the date."

Since the coin's details were revealed last week, it has garnered dozens of likes and comments. One comment read: "Find a penny pick it up and all day you'll have good luck."

Another individual wrote: "I'm taking notes," whilst a third person shared: "Got one older."

In related news, a scarce £1 coin with an "error" holds substantial value and could be tucked away in your pocket unknowingly.

In a recent video uploaded to their fan base of 128,500, the same TikTok account stated: "I bet you've never seen this coin before that's worth £500 big ones."

The £1 coin from 2016 they referred to boasts a rare dual dated error.