Members of the public have been urged to check their wallets and purses to see if they have special 50p coins worth up to £200 each.
Just 210,000 of the special edition Kew Garden 50p coins were released in 2009 and, while many have since been snapped up by avid coin collectors, experts believe there are still some in circulation today.
The coin was released to mark 250 years since Kew Gardens opened in 1759. It features the famous Chinese Pagoda at the Royal Botanic Garden on the tails side with the Queen’s face as normal on the other.
And whoever has one could be sitting upon a small fortune.
According to change checking website Coin Hunter, the average price range for the Kew Gardens 50p is between £150.89 and £161.50, though there have also been examples of this coin selling for even more – one recently sold for £215 on eBay after attracting a showering of bids from coin collectors.
But if you do find a Kew Gardens coin in your wallet, purse or down the side of your sofa, you’ll need to check the date before you try and claim your cash.
The Royal Mint reissued a batch of the coins in 2019 as part of a collection to celebrate fifty years of the 50p, and these particular coins don’t tend to be valued as highly as their 2009 counterparts.
Though they can still fetch a decent sum of money, with the 2019 edition of the coin being known to sell for between £70-£80.
And if you’re looking to buy one of the coins for yourself, websites and Facebook groups from change experts like Coin Hunter can help you work out if a coin is the real deal or not, while The Fake Pound Coin Database has listed a number of examples to show you what you should be aware of.
You can also get your coins officially verified by the Royal Mint.
Visit the website here for more information.
Nearly 120,000 people sign pensioner’s petition for Tesco to bring back tills
‘Talking with human staff is important to me… Now that experience has been taken away’
A pensioner’s petition urging Tesco to bring back its tills and to stop ‘replacing people with machines’ has reached nearly 120,000 signatures.
Pat McCarthy, sixty-nine, launched the petition with her daughter after she found herself continuously struggling to use the self check-out tills at her local Tesco mega-store.
Noting that talking with human staff is important to her, Pat implored for Tesco’s Chief Executive Officer Ken Murphy to reinstate more staffed tills and check-outs.
Pat, a retired volunteer helping disabled people to apply for Personal Independence Payment (PIP) forms, wrote: “What used to be a great shopping experience has now become physically difficult, overwhelming, and a ‘nightmare’.
“At my local Tesco mega-store, and probably all over the country, Tesco is bringing in new self-service and sort-it-out-yourself card only till machines. They make up 2/3 of the tills now.
“These new tills are not accessible for people who don’t have credit cards and can only use cash or those with little confidence to use these self-service card-only tills – myself included.
“People such as carers, older people, disabled people with mobility problems or lifting problems have to queue waiting for more than thirty minutes.
“I love chatting with the staff, albeit briefly, especially as l live on my own. Talking with human staff is important to me. Now that experience has been taken away.”
Pat went on to point out that, as an older woman, she struggles with the heavy lifting these self-serve tills require, as do many disabled people.
She concluded: “I want Ken Murphy the Chief Executive Officer of Tesco’s to bring more staffed tills and check outs. I want him to commit to a People & Profit Policy not a Profits before People Policy.”
Pat’s petition has been met with a huge wave of support, with it having a massive 119,996 signatures at the time of writing.
A Tesco spokesperson has since addressed the petition, saying in a statement: “Our colleagues and the friendly service they provide are absolutely vital to our stores and will always be on hand to help our customers, whether they are checking out at one of our colleague-operated or self-service checkouts.”
To read Pat’s cause in full and to sign the petition yourself, click here.
Angry man blocks McDonald’s drive-thru after refusing to wait for sausage and egg McMuffins
After being made to wait for fifteen minutes in the same Leyland restaurant one week prior, the hangry customer decided to take a stand…
A McDonald’s drive-thru was blocked for two hours after a furious customer refused to park and wait for his McMuffins.
Stuart Yates, fifty-five, drove to his local McDonald’s in Leyland, Lancashire, at around 9:30am yesterday morning for his Sunday breakfast fix.
However, when he was asked by staff to park in one of the parking bays to wait for his order, Stuart refused, the Lancashire Post reports.
Speaking to the newspaper, Stuart insisted that he had been made to wait for over ‘fifteen minutes’ when he was last asked to park in one of the bays at the Churchill Way restaurant, resulting in him complaining to management.
He said: “A week ago I got made to wait in the car park for over fifteen minutes. A lad spotted me and said ‘oh, it’s him again’, because last time I complained.
“They said go and wait in the car park, so I said ‘I’m not going anywhere until I get my food’.”
Stuart then refused to move from his position in the queue, resulting in the drive-thru being closed to other customers.
He claims he was then offered a cash refund by the restaurant – but he instead wanted the money put back on his credit card.
Stuart said an employee even came out and ‘threw the money’ onto the roof of his car and threatened to call the police if he didn’t move on.
Undeterred by the staff member’s threats, however, Stuart reiterated his stance and informed workers that he would wait ‘all week’ if necessary.
He said: “I said I’m not moving, I’m well within my rights asking for a refund to be put back onto my card.
“They eventually gave me a refund and tried passing me a long letter they had typed out, but I refused to accept it.
“I hadn’t sworn, I hadn’t done anything threatening. I hadn’t broken any laws.”
Stuart went on to block traffic for another two hours, only leaving when the police arrived.
And, somewhat ironically, Stuart was forced to leave without his McMuffins – though he did instead order two Big Macs on UberEats when he got home.
McDonald’s is yet to comment on the drive-thru debacle.
Manchester City players seen celebrating Premier League title at ‘boozy’ party at the Ivy
Jack Grealish had already promised ‘three or four’ nights of celebrations…
Manchester City players were seen celebrating their Premier League victory in style at a ‘boozy’ bash at the Ivy late last night.
Jack Grealish was among the players celebrating their league win, with him sharing a photo of himself sipping a lager in the City dressing room immediately after the match, alongside the caption: “Ooffft the first of many”.
He was later pictured looking a little worse for wear in the Ivy in Spinningfields, where the rest of the squad and their partners celebrated the victory until the early hours.
Manchester City’s kitman Brandon Ashton shared a series of photos from the celebrations, where he was seen posing with Grealish and Riyad Mahrez.
Grealish had already hinted at his plans to celebrate in style in his post-match interview with pundit Roy Keane, who had warned him to ‘stay off the top shelf’ and to ‘stick with beer’.
At this, the England player quipped back: “Not for the next three nights, no chance, maybe four!”
Grealish also invited Gary Neville and his daughter Sophie out to celebrate when prompted by former City star Micah Richards on air.
He joked: “What camera am I looking at? Hello Sophie, I hope you’re bringing your dad out tonight, and we’ll have a great night celebrating!”
In yesterday’s dramatic match against Aston Villa, Man City overcame a two-goal deficit to win 3-2 in the last twenty minutes, securing their fourth title as Premier League champions in five years.
The Blues have since confirmed that they will be parading through Manchester in a traditional open-top bus parade today, Monday May 23rd, at 6pm.
The club said in a statement: “Manchester City will celebrate retaining the Premier League title with an open-top bus parade through Manchester city centre on Monday 23rd May.”