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One of the rarest and most sought after of all error coins is a "mixed die error", which is also sometimes referred to as a "mule". These are coins created when the die intended for the front of one coin is accidentally paired with the die intended for the back of a different coin.
In 2000, the Royal Canadian Mint in Ottawa produced millennium commemorative quarters for collector sets, and also produced a quarter sized maple leaf design medallion which was included in some of these sets. While the obverse of all of the quarters featured a portrait of Queen Elizabeth with the denomination "25 cents", the obverse of the medallion featured only the year "2000" with the Royal Canadian Mint logo repeated.
By mistake, a mint worker mixed an obverse die intended for a commemorative quarter and paired it with a maple leaf medallion reverse die. The error was quickly caught at the mint and most of the errors were destroyed. However, a very small number of coins were still inadvertently put into the 2000 commemorative quarter collections sold by the mint and have found their way into the hands of collectors.
Although the maple leaf reverse design was intended only for a medallion, the denomination on the obverse makes this a legal tender Canadian coin. The estimated number of these year 2000 mixed die coins in existence is estimated to be only a few hundred, making it one of Canada's rarest coins.
A similar error happened in 1871 when a small number of coins were mistakenly struck using a Canadian dime reverse with a Newfoundland dime obverse. This coin in mid grade currently sells for about $25,000. A similar error also happened in 2000 in the United States when a Washington quarter reverse was mistakenly paired with a new Sacajawea dollar obverse. Examples of this coin have sold at auction for $30,000 to $60,000 USD.
Rare 2000 Quarter Mixed Die Error, with 13 Piece bonus collection of all 2000 regular quarters plus regular medallion
• 2000 Regular Medallion
• Set of all 12 Commemorative Quarters in PROOF-LIKE condition.
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