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2002 Britannia Tenth Ounce Gold Proof Coin Error Portrait Mule

2002 Britannia Tenth Ounce Gold Proof Coin Error Portrait Mule Reverse

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Rare mule Britannia tenth ounce gold proof coin from 2002. This tenth ounce coin was found in a four-coin gold proof Britannia set and displays a fascinating and little known error. Standard Britannias from 2002 feature Philip Nathan's classic 'standing Britannia' design to the reverse, paired with Ian Rank-Broadley's fourth definitive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. This effigy was used on British money from 1998 until 2015. Bizarrely, this 2002-dated coin features Raphael Maklouf's third official coin portrait of Her Majesty, a design that should have been phased out four years previously. How the wrong die was used is anyones guess but the result is what is known as a 'mule' coin where the obverse and reverse do not match. Some 945 tenth ounce proof Britannias were issued in 2002 4-coin sets and only a small number feature this recently uncovered error, perhaps less than 10. While this coin is unusual in its design it otherwise conforms to the standard specifications for fractional Britannias at the time of issue, composed of 3.41 grams of 22-carat gold. This 2002-mule coin is offered in a protective capsule without the original packaging or certificate of authenticity.
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Muled gold proof tenth ounce Britannia coin: a rare unrecorded Royal Mint error.

Obverse Of 2002 Britannia Gold Proof Mule

The obverse of this error coin features Raphael Maklouf's third defintive portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, rather than Ian Rank-Broadley's fourth effigy which appears on other 2002 Britannias. The legend around reads 'ELIZABETH · II · DEI · GRATIA · REGINA · F · D' with '10 POUNDS' below.

2002 Britannia Tenth Ounce Reverse Design

The reverse features the correct motif: Philip Nathan's classic 'standing Britannia' holding trident, olive branch and shield. The legend reads '1/10 · OUNCE · FINE · GOLD · BRITANNIA · 2002 ·'.

Specification Of Pre-2012 1/10oz Britannias

This error coin conforms to the standard specifications of an older tenth ounce Britannia. It's struck to proof standard in 3.41 grams of 22-carat gold. Actual gold weight: 3.11 grams (0.1 troy ounces). Diameter: 16.50 millimetres. Edge: milled. Face value: £10 / Ten Pounds.

How Many 2002 Mule Britannias Were Issued?

It is unknown how many 2002 tenth ounce Britannias were issued with the incorrect obverse. The error appears to effect a small number of the 1/10oz coins included in the 945 4-coin proof sets issued in 2002 though the issue may also impact some of the 1,500 coins issued in an individual presentation. This rare example is offered without any of the original presentation packaging.

Find out more: Rare 2002 Gold Tenth Ounce Britannia Mule Coins


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