[The Sought-After Receipt]
The buzz surrounding the Gruffalo being put into circulation has officially begun and evidence supporting this is already starting to appear. A week ago, a receipt was listed on eBay. This item was the documentation from the first fifty coins being integrated with our everyday change. By the time this listing had ended, it had received twenty-seven bids and sold for a handsome thirty pounds (plus postage). Quite a tidy price for a receipt from a Coinstar machine. However, there is clearly a little more to it all than this and many people are already well aware….
When Ian Lambert and The Great British Coin Hunt put five hundred previously unreleased Peter Rabbit’s into circulation earlier in the year they effectively made history. No-one had done anything quite like this before. And repeating the process with seven-hundred and fifty Gruffalo fifty pences is equally as exciting; no-one else has taken ‘purchase only’ coins, unpackaged them and put them into the system. Therefore a receipt from the first fifty of these could actually be described as being a ‘historical document’. It is now a little easier to see why a simple printout actually sold for so much.
It is also worth mentioning that a fair bit of money has been raised for a number of different charities in the midst of this publicity stunt. Volunteers working in conjunction with The Great British Coin Hunt were each asked to choose a good cause when integrating their coins via a Coinstar machine - nice slant which meant it wasn’t simply coin collectors who would benefit from this event.
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