2014 1oz Silver BRITANNIA - MULE ERROR
For 2014 the Royal Mint are again using the now classic 'Portrait of Britannia' design created by a Philip Nathan back in 1987, which was used on the first Britannia Gold coins back in 1987. HOWEVER, the composition of the coin is again this year now .999 fine silver, bringing it into line with most other bullion silver coins.
It is now known, and has been officially verified by the Royal Mint, that this 'mule error' coin was struck in the production of a batch of Britannia's destined for the bullion market sometime between November & December 2013. It is the Obverse (Head side) that makes the coin a mule coin. A 1oz Silver Britannia Obverse design should contain a castleated pattern round the inside edge of this side of the coin, as it does on the Reverse (Tails) side. However, with the release of the new UK Lunar £2 silver coin, new dies were produced for the obverse of that coin that although very similar to the obverse of the Britannia Obverse do not have the pattern round the inside edge ie. the inside edge is plain. Somehow during the striking of the batch of Britannia coins, the dies for the Obserse of the UK Lunar coin were used on this particular batch of Britannia's, thus turning them into a mule coin.
This is a 'MULE ERROR' coin that was produced by the Royal Mint.
Numbers of the 'mule' coin have been officially veried by the Royal Mint at a maximum of 17,000 pieces ONLY.
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