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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 16, April 16, 2006, Article 27

ARTICLE ON "ELEVEN CENT" COIN ERROR

Dick Johnson forwarded this article from the Sun Herald of
Florida about a local man who discovered a muled cent/dime
error coin:

"Ed Brooke didn't know what to think when he received an odd
coin as change from the North Port Publix five years ago.

The unusual coin is silver like a dime, but stamped with the
indicia of a penny. Brooke has taken to calling it his
"11-cent piece."

The dime/penny apparently started its numismatic life as a
silver-colored dime. It's the size of a penny, a little larger
than a dime. On the obverse (the face side), you can make out
a bit of the outline of Roosevelt's profile. Otherwise, it
bears a clear image of Lincoln's portrait along with the
standard text ("In God We Trust" and "Liberty") and the date
it was minted, 1999.

The reverse gives away the coin's former life as a dime. Just
under the hybrid penny's Lincoln Memorial is a clear image of
part of the olive branch that, on a true dime, is to the left
of the torch. You can also make out a few letters of the
"E Pluribus Unum" phrase just under the olive branch that,
on a true dime, crosses at the bottom of the torch.

"I don't know whether to consider it worth a penny or 10 cents,"
Brooke says, tongue in cheek."

"One guy wanted to give me $125 for it," Brooke said.

However, until he knows its real worth, he does not want to
give it up.

"I think it's probably worth more than 11 cents, though,"
he added."

To read the complete story, see: Full Story

[There is a front-page article about this error in the April 17
issue of Coin World.  One of the nine reported examples will be
offered in an April Heritage auction.  Here's a link to the
auction lot (#5271).  Heritageauctions.com
-Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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