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.
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.
The accounts where savers can win prizes revealed: Rates are at record lows, but these deals offer the chance to bag up to £1million
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.
Village damned by the modern world: The only bank is closing for good and the broadband's so slow locals can't do their banking online instead
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.
Hope at last for towns hit by bank closures: Victory for campaign as building society opens where banks moved 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.
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.
Eight steps to beat the online bank fraudsters: After crooks raid 9,000 Tesco Bank accounts, how to protect your savings
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.
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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Premium Bonds winners
|Prize value||Winning bond No.||Area|
|£50,000||267PF062139||Cheshire West and Chester|
|£50,000||102DP039413||Hereford and Worcester|