Royal Mint website struggles as collectors scramble to get new Brexit 50p coins – The Sun

THE Royal Mint website is struggling with demand after collectors scramble to get their hands on the new Brexit 50p coins.

From today, collectors can buy uncirculated versions of the new coins that mark Britain's departure from the European Union.

The coins went on sale at midnight last night but by 1am the website had crashed due to the number of people trying to access the site.

In a statement on Twitter posted in the early hours of the morning, the coin makers said: "Please bear with us, we're experiencing some technical difficulties on our website due to the huge amount of traffic trying to access it.

"Our Web Team are working on it and we'll get it up and running as soon as possible. Thanks for your patience in the meantime."

Within an hours, the Royal Mint's website was back up and running but customers will have to wait in a queue before being able to access it.

The Sun is giving away 100 Brexit 50p coins

SUN readers can mark this momentous day with a FREE Brexit souvenir – a commemorative 50p, worth £10.

That’s right! We are giving away 100 of the brilliant uncirculated coins to celebrate the UK’s historic departure from the European Union.

The brilliant uncirculated edition of the coin, which comes in a commemorative wallet, normally costs £10.

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Three versions of the coin are available to buy from the Mint – a uncirculated cupro-nickle version for £10, a silver proof for £60 and a gold proof for £945.

The most expensive coins have now all been reserved but the cheaper two are still available to purchase.

Three million of the coins are being released into circulation today to mark Brexit and a further seven million will be released throughout the year.

The 50p piece bears the inscription “Peace, prosperity and friendship with all nations” and today’s date, January 31.

The seven-sided coins could be worth thousands of pounds to the right seller if it turns up in your change – but only if they have the wrong date on them.

The Brexit coins had initially been due to be released on March 31, and a second batch of coins was then manufactured when Brexit was delayed until October 31, 2019.

While the majority of the March and October batches have since been recycled, a small few are reported to still exist.

But coin hunters are being warned to watch out for fakes being sold on eBay.

Plans to produce 10,000 special Brexit coins were first announced by former chancellor Philip Hammond in the 2018 Budget.

But this week it sparked fury after being released without the proper punctuation.

You can follow all of today's latest news and updates on our Brexit day live blog.

We've also put together the ultimate Brexit guide to explain what it means for summer holidays, passports and Brits living abroad after tonight.

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