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    2000-P Sacagawea Dollar/
    Statehood Quarter Mule, MS67
    One of Only 18 Examples Known

    2000-P $1 Sacagawea Dollar/Washington Statehood Quarter Mule MS67 NGC. Die Pair #1. This remarkable modern error has fascinated collectors for nearly two decades. Examples are known from three different die pairs, suggesting that the "goof" that created the mule occurred on more than one occasion, or that Mint employees recreated the blunder on a couple of presses after the first discovery was made public. In any case, the legality of owning any example has never been questioned. In August 2001, a coin from Die Pair 3 received in change at a convenience store in Philadelphia was taken to the Mint by Treasury Department officials to verify its authenticity, after which it was returned to the owner. Most known examples are from Die Pair 1, though, the variety of the first piece discovered and that of most of the coins found in commercial channels. Die Pair 1 is the variety of the present piece. In 100 Greatest U.S. Error Coins, Nicholas P. Brown, et al, write:

    "The story, reported by an anonymous Philadelphia Mint employee but not confirmed, was that some time in April 2000 a press operator presented a request to the die room for a new obverse die for the Sacagawea dollar. This was probably due to the old die's being visibly worn or cracked; whatever the case, the press operator was given a new die. Like all completed dies, it has a temporary protective cover of opaque plastic, which obscured the die's design. Because of the closeness in diameter of the quarter and the new dollar, the operator was mistakenly given a plastic-covered Washington quarter obverse die instead of the requested dollar die.

    "The Washington quarter obverse die, according to the story, was duly installed into the coining press and mated with a Sacagawea dollar reverse die along with the proper (plain-edge) dollar collar. At some point this error was discovered. The Mint source supposed that three tote bins of finished Sacagawea dollars were destroyed--the bin that produced the mule strikes and the bins on either side of that press (in case an errant coin or two had been tossed into the wrong bin)."



    Efforts to stop the escape of 2000-P mule dollars were evidently not fully effective. Today, 18 confirmed examples are known, according to 100 Greatest U.S. Modern Coins co-author Fred Weinberg. With so few discoveries of new examples over the past two decades, the inherent rarity of this mule is unabating. Even known specimens seldom appear at auction. We have documented only seven previous auction appearances of any piece in any grade. The finest examples grade MS67, as seen here, and the last four auction prices realized for these coins ranged from $117,500 to $192,000. Diagnostics for the three die pairs include:

    Die Pair 1: Radial striations on the obverse with a reverse die crack through the F in OF.
    Die Pair 2: Perfect obverse with three distinctive reverse die cracks along and below the eagle's lower wing.
    Die Pair 3: There is a tiny die gouge near Washington's mouth and the reverse is perfect.


    This piece is one of the 13 Die Pair 1 representatives. Luster is satiny and radiant, yielding rich orange-gold coloration with brassy undertones and exceptional preservation. Both sides are sharply struck and eye appeal excels. A single, tiny speck of russet toning just left of the Q in QUARTER may serve as a pedigree marker for future appearances, although other plate-matching aids are largely nonexistent due to the exceptional preservation of the surfaces. This is the most sought-after of all U.S. error coins. Most examples known are off the market in strong hands. The importance of this offering cannot be overstated.
    From The Poulos Family Collection, Part II. (PCGS# 508061)

    Weight: 8.10 grams

    Metal: 77% Copper, 12% Zinc, 7% Manganese, 4% Nickel


    Learn more at the Newman Numismatic Portal at Washington University in St. Louis.

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    September, 2019
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