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Chilean error

Posted on Fri, 12 February 2010 by Phil Mussell - General News, Coin News

The recent "dateless" 20p showed that even an institution as rigid about standards as the Royal Mint can get things wrong - but it's doubtful that they, or indeed most national Mints would make the mistake discovered in Chile recently - somehow they actually managed to get the name of their country wrong!

News reports on February 12 indicate that the general manager of the Chilean Mint, Gregorio Iniguez, and several other employees have been dismissed after it was discovered that "thousands" of 50 peso coins (equivalent to about 6p) were issued in 2008 with the country misspelled C H I I E rather than C H I L E.

Needless to say the coins have rapidly become collectors items and the Mint has not withdrawn them from circulation.