A RARE 50p coin is on sale for hundreds of pounds in our area.

A Cirencester resident is trying to sell a commemorative coin which marks the centenary of the Representation of the People Act 1918 for £750 on eBay.

This act gave voting rights to women over 30, who met minimum property qualifications, servicemen over the age of 19, and all men over 21. 

Just under 9 million of this particular type of coin are in circulation. 

The coin was designed by Royal Mint graphic designer Stephen Taylor.

This design incorporates the idea of a British queue, to suggest a line of people waiting to cast their votes at the ballot box.

It includes a celebratory pose of the woman holding her ballot aloft, followed by a soldier, a working-class man and a suffragette.

Rebecca Morgan, director of commemorative coin at The Royal Mint, said: “A coin is ultimately worth what the collector is willing to pay for it, but there are factors you should consider before committing to a price. 

"This can include the condition of the coin, its design, mintage figure and what it’s made of.

"If you have a coin and are unsure about its history, rarity or authenticity we offer a range of services at The Royal Mint to help establish its likely value, and help our customers build a bespoke collection. 

"We also have a wide range of resources on our website to help people learn more about the coins in their pockets, and coins they might inherit from family members.”