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British Royal Mint issues rare coins with no date

British Royal Mint issues rare coins with no date

Next time you're in Britain, check your change. The Royal Mint admits it's made a rare error _ and produced coins without a date on them for the first time in centuries.
The mint said Monday that at least 100,000 of the yearless 20-pence coins, worth 33 U.S. cents at face value, slipped into circulation at the end of last year. If found, one coin would be worth hundreds of times more on the collectors' market.
Numismatists say the last time that the Royal Mint made such a mistake was 1672.
The error happened when the Royal Mint issued a new design of the coin that moved the year from the reverse side to the obverse, bearing the head of Queen Elizabeth II. But the mint says one batch that didn't add "2008" to the head's side got through quality control.


Updated : 2021-04-11 19:11 GMT+08:00