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Rare Coin Makes a Mint at Auction

August 8, 2000

PHILADELPHIA (AP) _ Heads, it’s a quarter. Tails, it’s a dollar. Together, it is worth more than its weight in gold.

A gold coin featuring the front of a George Washington quarter and the back of the new Sacagawea dollar coin has sold for $31,050 at auction.

The coin sold in 15 seconds Sunday to a bidder whose name is not being released, said Bob Korver, director of Heritage Numismatic Auctions.

Only four such misprinted coins are known to have been sent into circulation. Another of the coins previously sold on the online auction house eBay for $41,395.

The error is believed to be the first of its kind in the 208-year history of the U.S. Mint. It is known by collectors as a ``double-denomination mule error″ _ two currencies stamped on different sides.

The golden-colored Sacagawea coins were introduced in January. They depicts the young Shoshone Indian woman who accompanied explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark to the Pacific Ocean in 1805.

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On the Net:

U.S. Mint: http://www.usmint.gov

American Numismatic Association: http://www.money.org

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