The 2009 Olympics 50p coin is far rarer than the Kew Gardens one

A mysterious 50p coin which is rarer than the much publicised Kew Gardens one has seen its value soar in recent months as numismatics cotton on to how few were minted. It was estimated that 100,000 of the coins would be shifted - but according to one This is Money reader, just 19,751 were sold. The Royal Mint has since confirmed this is correct.

For years, HSBC branded itself as the world's local bank, perpetuating the belief among customers that it cared passionately about having a presence on the high street.

Savings firms must now show account details in a summary box. But while rates for new savers are shown prominently, the shoddy returns on older accounts are much less obvious.

We have long campaigned for bank branches to remain a key component of this country's high streets ever since Barclays decided to shut 172 branches in one day in April 2000.

Leeds Building Society has launched an instant access account paying a variable rate of 1 per cent on balances between £5,000 to £350,000.

Why round £1 coins could become a future collectors' item: With the new 12-sided pound

In March, Britain will start to say a slow goodbye to the round £1 coin, as it is replaced with a 12-sided one - and full sets could soar in value in the coming years. They are currently selling for £79 on eBay - but are likely to head higher as the round coins disappear from circulation.

Fraudsters, using slippery spiel and the internet, currently hold the upper hand, stealing money from victims. Alison Havercroft's (pictured) father lost more than £20,000.

Charter Savings Bank has written to thousands of customers warning them their personal details could be at risk after computers were stolen from the bank's office in early October.

Green light for top new NS&I deals including a three-year bond paying a market-leading

Savers could be in line for a wave of top new National Savings & Investment deals. Chancellor Philip Hammond has already announced a three-year bond to go on sale in late spring. But, as well as announcing the new Savings Bond last week, the Government said it wants NS&I; to attract more money from us.

Beverley Lawrence from Keighley, West Yorkshire, had been tricked into authorising £2,015 to be paid out of her account by a smooth-talking conman who claimed he was sending her £200.

The average easy-access rate on offer to new savers is now 0.73%, down from 1.09% a year ago, according to data firm Moneyfacts.

Online bank payments shake-up means extra information on where they go

The payments industry is set for the most radical set of changes since the 1960s partly in a bid to stop the tide of fraud facing current account customers. It proposes a key new safeguard called 'confirmation of payee' which it believes will help prevent financial fraud.

Sweeping changes to savings accounts today means providers must help people compare savings accounts, clearly highlight when a rate changes and ultimately make switching easier.

Best savings deals where savers can win prizes revealed

Most savings rates fail to beat inflation which can make saving feel pointless. But turning a low-rate account into a chance to win a life-changing sum could be the perfect solution. We reveal the prize-linked savings accounts and if you get really lucky - as unlikely as that is - you could end up a millionaire.

RBS, which is 73 per cent owned by the taxpayer, emerged as the worst performer in the stress test and has drawn up a plan overnight to bolster its resilience in case of a financial crisis.

If you're using an ATM run by your own bank, the sum clawed back should be credited immediately. But if it's operated by another bank, you could have to wait a month.

Village damned by the modern world: The only bank is closing for good and the broadband's

For the residents of Lees in Greater Manchester Barclays' decision to close the local branch is a disaster. The nearest branch will be more than three miles away in Oldham. In Lees, the average broadband speed is two or three megabits per second (Mbps), compared to a UK average of 29 Mbps. As well as being painfully slow, the connection can cut out at any time.

Building societies have been forced to reduce the interest they pay on new and closed accounts. Nationwide has cut rates to as little as 0.1 per cent on some old accounts such as Instant Saver.

Nationwide opens in Glastonbury after Lloyds and Barclays move out

Nationwide, Britain's biggest building society, is coming to the rescue of towns across the country that have lost their last bank branch. On Friday, the mutually owned organisation confirmed it would return banking to the high street in Glastonbury, Somerset, possibly in time for next year's music festival. It backs a longstanding campaign by The Mail on Sunday to keep a strong banking presence on Britain's high streets.

Unveiled in the Autumn Statement, the bond will be available from spring 2017 and pay out the market-leading rate on deposits of between £100 and £3,000.

The average Isa rate has shrivelled to less than 1 per cent as banks continue to pass on the pain of the August base rate cut to already interest-starved savers.

Demand grows for private banking as banks shut down branches - but how rich do you have to

The decline of Britain's bank branch network and the rise of online banking has led to a growing number of people seeking private banking services where the personal touch remains. Companies such as Metro Bank, which is due to open a new private banking suite on London's Kings Road at the end of this month, claim such services are in demand. Its private banking service is available to anyone with £1million worth of assets or borrowings with the bank. It has just increased the number of staff dedicated to the service by a third.

Customers will be able to withdraw up to £100 at cash machines inside branches, either by tapping their Android smartphones or by using their contactless debit cards.

In two weeks, sweeping changes for savers will provide better alerts when your rate is cut but, to date, no information has been given to consumers as to how their rights have been strengthened.

How to beat online bank fraudsters after Tesco Bank raid

Crooks are desperate to get their hands on your personal data. Even if they don't use it to raid your bank account, a few key pieces of data are enough to enable them to rack up huge debts in your name. So it's vital you do everything in your power to stop them. Start by following our indispensable eight-step guide to staying safe online.

It seems that in the industry's mad rush to get us all to do our banking through apps, iPads and personal computers, it is failing to protect customers from cyber criminals.

Cyber-criminals broke into Tesco Bank's computer system last weekend and stole £2.5million from the current accounts of 9,000 customers.

Protected against a bust: Make sure your savings are safe by not putting more than £85,000 into each authorised bank

The way you spread out your savings with banks is crucial in terms of protection and compensation. We show you how to get protected.

This is Money's five favourite best buy cash Isas

Although cash Isas don't currently offer fantastic rates, it is still worthwhile opening one to shield money away from the taxman. Our savings correspondent Lee Boyce picks his five favourite cash Isas for savers in 2016 - essential reading to help you choose a top savings account for your money. This page is kept up-to-date throughout the year - bookmark it for the very latest developments.



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