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 Posted 03/15/2023  6:08 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Reno911 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
There's been a few things bugging me And would appreciate a little assistance if I may from the experts . There are 2 things I would like a little help with right now that's on my mind. I may be having a brain block at the moment because I don't feel well.

First, what is a Mule? And do you have an example of a few?

Secondly, which I am most interested in is the Lincoln Memorial "Column Errors" or issue with the reverse in any manner on the reverse of the Lincoln Penny. I was Curious if anybody can show me photo examples of the various types with Lincoln memorial columns, in between the Columns or anything that has to do with it. I'm sure there are other names other than the word error but with hope you can get my drift. I've seen extra columns, the spaces between the columns aren't all the same, shadows next to columns of different shapes.

Well I do hope this is the correct section to post. And I love to see what you come up with or know that you would be so kind to share your experience. If I misspoke in anyway or misused terminology don't jump all over me, I apologize. Thank you in advance for your assistance.

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 Posted 03/15/2023  7:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add loonielewy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Mule...4 legged pack animal. . Just look in the Numismatic Glossary over there on the left. Easier than me saying anything.
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 Posted 03/15/2023  9:38 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A "mule" is a certain kind of mint error. All mules are mint errors, but not all mint errors are mules.

In horse breeding, a mule happens when two different species - a horse and a donkey - are bred together. Horses and donkeys don't "naturally" belong together, but if you force them together, the end result is a mule.

In numismatics, a mule happens when a coin is struck using two dies that were originally intended for two different coins - the two dies don't "naturally" belong together, but somebody in the mint "put the wrong die in the press", and the resultant coins from those mis-matched dies are called mules. Some typical examples:
- There are golden $1 mules where a die from the obverse of a quarter was used instead of the regular Sacagawea obverse. Wikipedia. These are perhaps the most famous mules in the American series.
- For a large mint that strikes coins for many different countries, it's possible to get mixed-country mules. Here's a 1985 Canadian dollar that has a New Zealand dollar obverse.

Mules are quite spectacular mint errors and are often quite valuable, worth thousands, but not all mules are expensive - it depends on how many were made before the error was discovered. There's a nice cheap mule in the New Zealand 2 cent series, with a Bahama Islands 5 cent obverse. These cost around $150 these days; they used to be a lot cheaper.

Can't help with your Lincoln pillar error thing, sorry.
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