Leading Australian coin expert Joel Kandiah has revealed the latest $2 coin that has skyrocketed to a whopping $3,000 in recent days.
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Kandiah tells 7NEWS.com.au that there is currently huge demand for the $2 Mars coin, was included in the 2017 Planetary Coins 10-Coin Collection.
The set was originally sold for $170 – however in recent days, the sets have been valued at as much as $6,000.
Kandiah says it’s the demand for the $2 Mars coin is driving the huge spike in price for the collection.
“This is the big one – it is the most saleable $2 that’s out there and I’ve honestly never seen anything like it,” he told 7NEWS.com.au.
“The market as a whole, I’ve never seen anything like this.
“Demand for this Planetary set – mainly because of the $2 Mars coin – has shot through the roof. Up until last week, they were clearing on eBay for $5,000 and $5,5000.
“And the $2 itself is actually making up half the value of the set.”
Kandiah says the Planetary set includes 10 coins – from one cent up to $5 – with each piece representing a different part of the solar system.
He says demand for the collection first started rising significantly in 2020.
“Up until the pandemic, you probably could still get a sell for about $300, $400 which is very affordable,” he said.
“But then in 2020, COVID hit and we started seeing interest in coin collecting really start rising. And everyone was hunting for every single $2 coin.
“The Mars $2 coin was within that set was one that people wanted in their collection.
“People started buying up the entire sets because it’s still relatively affordable. And that started pushing demand up for that coin specifically in a short space of time.
“But what’s scary is that halfway through last year, the entire set was only selling for about $1,800 to $2,000.
“Now the sets are being valued at $6,000.
“It’s purely down for people’s attraction to the $2 Mars coin. To see its value increase nearly 30 fold in five years is beyond ridiculous.”
The demand for the $2 Mars coin follows the spike in value of two other $2 coins – the 2012 Red Poppy and the 2013 Purple Coronation – since the Queen’s funeral.
“The demand for the $2 Mars coin is unprecedented,” he said. “There’s just a lot of hype in $2 coins at the moment, especially since the Queen’s passing. It’s really beyond anything I’ve seen.”
While the $2 Mars coin is in hot demand, Kandiah said it’s unlikely that it will pop up in your coin purse.
“They were never intended to be in circulation,” he said.
“Unless someone said ‘I’m going to open up a set’ and decided to spend it – that $2 is the same shape and size as a regular $2 coin.
“I mean you’d be surprised when you find when you’re searching for coins, you find something that was not meant to be in circulation. It’s beyond crazy what you find sometimes.
“Someone who has no interest in coin collecting, they just tear it off and put it back into circulation.
“But it’s a rare thing, I don’t think you’ll find $2 Mars coins in circulation very often at all.”