On Sept. 10, Heritage Auctions closed their Special Offering Error Coins Online Auction 60151.It’s always fun to scan the results to see the mishaps made, and the Mint that made it, into collectors’ hands.There were several coins struck on the wrong planchets (of course), while many others were off-center, had a double denomination, or were victims of the modern minting machines.
In addition, top dollar was paid for some very rare error coins at the Heritage Long Beach Expo U.S. Coins Signature Auction, which included a 2000-P $1 Sacagawea Dollar/Washington Statehood Quarter Mule that sold for $102,000.It’s just one of 18 examples known and has been graded MS-67 NGC.According to the Heritage website, this remarkable modern error has fascinated collectors for nearly two decades. Examples are known from three different die pairs, suggesting that the “goof” that created the mule occurred on more than one occasion, or that Mint employees recreated the blunder on a couple of presses after the first discovery was made public. In any case, the legality of owning any example has never been questioned.
Enjoy this gallery of errors, blunders, and goofs. If you have any of your favorites, or if you’ve been fortunate to come across any of your own, send us a picture and the story behind your find and perhaps we can feature it in an upcoming issue of Numismatic News.You can reach us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.