PCGS Paris Grades Scarce 2014 £2 Britannia And Lunar 'Mule' Varieties
- March 13, 2014
The no-denticles obverse of the Royal Mint's Year of the Horse Lunar New Year commemorative struck with the denticles reverse design intended for the £2 Britannia.
The Paris Submission Center of Professional Coin Grading Service has authenticated, graded and certified its first examples of the two recently reported varieties of British 2014 silver £2 Britannia and Year of the Horse "mule" error coins.
The PCGS Glossary defines a numismatic mule as "a rare mint error where the obverse die is of one coin and the reverse die is of another coin."
One variety of the recent Royal Mint mules is the £2 Britannia obverse design with denticles that was struck with the no-denticles reverse design intended for the 2014 Year of the Horse Lunar New Year commemorative. PCGS certified 461 of them during the recent PCGS Paris Grading Week, March 10 - 14, 2014.
The other variety is the no-denticles obverse of the Year of the Horse struck with the denticles reverse design intended for the £2 Britannia. PCGS certified 22 of them in Paris.
Denticles are the tooth-like motif sometimes used as a design element around the inside rim of a coin.
The one-ounce, .999 fine silver bullion coins were submitted to PCGS by The London Coin Company of London, England in conjunction with the PCGS Paris Grading Week, March 10 - 14, 2014.
Ingram Liberman, President of The London Coin Company, said one of his customers first alerted him to the existence of the varieties.