By Hannah Crocker
This yummy mummy is quid’s in after collecting every £1 coin design ever made.
Vicki Miley, 33, has spent six years collecting one of every single £1 coin created by the Royal Mint – and she has already pre-ordered the two new £1 coins, released tomorrow (TUESDAY 28 MARCH), to finish off her collection.
Vicki, a stay-at-home mum from Rutland, has all 48 original £1 coins ever issued by the Royal Mint since the currency came into circulation in 1983.
Vicki has spent hours poring over piles of change and pinching coins from her pals purses to complete the collection.
While the face value of her collection is just £48, Vicki claims that with the axing of the current £1 coin design the price of her set will shoot up into the hundreds.
Vicki, who is mum to Xander, six, Dexter, four, and 22-month-old Phoenix, said: “Since the £1 coin came into circulation, there have been 25 different designs – some years the same designs are repeated.
“I collect by design and date, and since adding the new £1 coins – one dated 2016 and one dated 2017 – I now have every single £1 coin ever created by the Royal Mint.
“It might seem like an odd hobby but once I started, I got hooked.
“When my eldest son was born, I bought a set from that year to go into his baby box.
“The following year the Olympic coin came out – I took Xander to the games and wanted to get the set for him to treasure.
“It just took off from there, and I really caught the bug.
“Obviously at face value it’s £48 for the set – but some of the rarer coins can go for £50 or more, and once the current coins are sent back to the Mint to be destroyed the price of my set will keep going up and up.
“I’ve seen similar sets going on eBay for £300 and more.
“But I’d never sell mine – I want to keep it to pass down to my sons.”
Vicki, who also collects £2 coins and 50 pence pieces, has spent hours over the years scouring for the missing coins in her collection.
She has managed to get most of her set from loose change, but has splashed out on a few rarer coins – including £15 for an Edinburgh £1 coin and £31 for a 1998 set with a £5 coin, £2 coin, £1 coin, 50p, 20p, 10p, 5p, 2p and 1p.
She said: “My sister works at Morrisons, and I’m constantly getting her to rummage through the change!
“It’s a nice thing for me to do with the boys – I’ll go to the bank a couple of times a month and take out £200 or so in £1 coins, and sift through them with Xander.
“It’s lovely for us to spend that time together, and it helps with his maths skills too.
“A lot of my friends think it’s really cool – I talk about coins a lot, and I’m always getting them to check their coins for me.
“Now a lot of them keep an eye on their own change too!
“A lot of people just don’t realise how much the £1 or 50p in their purse could be worth.
“When you start learning about coins, it gets quite interesting.
“There’s a bit of a stigma with hobbies like coin collecting, but more people than you think are into it.
“Special collections like the Olympics coins or Beatrix Potter 50ps make it more common.”