A pair of modern Russian mint errors highlight Sincona Ag’s Oct. 23
auction in Zurich.
The Swiss firm offers 1,425 lots of
coins and medals in the sale, ranging from the classic coins of the
czars and czarinas to contemporary issues.
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One error is the 2016 ringed-bimetallic 10-ruble “mule” coin
celebrating the Irkutsk region that was struck using a reverse die
intended for the standard 5-ruble coin.
A mule is made
when dies that are not intended to be paired together are used to
strike a coin or medal. The name is a play off of the animal created
as the offspring of a male donkey and female horse.
coin is an “Extremely rare mint error,” according to the auction
An off-metal strike from 2016 is also in the
U.S. Mint welcomes a fourth metal to the
American Eagle bullion program.
Also in this week’s print issue of Coin World, we teach our readers
about what a “weak-fatty” gold coin is and why you don’t want one in
This 10-ruble coin honoring the ancient town of Rzhev in the
Tver Region was struck instead on a planchet for the 25-ruble coin and
as such is “very rare” and “very interesting,” the auction house
Both pieces are Brilliant Uncirculated and have
opening bids of 500 Swiss francs (about $516 in U.S. funds).
To learn more about the auction, visit the firm’s website.