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Lincoln Cent Muled With a Roosevelt Dime Reverse Featured in Upcoming February 2022 Long Beach Heritage Auction

The following Cent/Dime Mule is featured in the February 2022 Long Beach US Coins Signature Auction #1342.
Images Courtesy of Heritage Auctions, HA.com


2001-D Lincoln Cent, MS65 Red
Muled with a Roosevelt Dime Reverse


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2001-D Lincoln Cent -- Muled With a Roosevelt Dime Reverse -- MS65 Red PCGS. A mule is a coin struck from mismatched dies. In the lengthy history of the United States Mint, only a few dozen mules are known, and most are unique. The exception is the most famous mule of all, the "golden" dollar / quarter mule with a Washington state quarter obverse and a Sacagawea dollar reverse on a Sacagawea dollar planchet, struck circa-2000. About twenty examples of that mule are known, and examples are hotly contested whenever one appears at auction. The state quarter / Sacagawea dollar mule is ranked #1 in the 100 Greatest U.S. Error Coins reference.

Of all mule possibilities in U.S. numismatics, the most likely to occur is the Lincoln cent / Roosevelt dime mule. The reason for this is that the diameters for the cent (19 mm) and dime (18 mm) are similar, and both types have high annual mintages. We know of five such pieces:

  1. A 2001-D Lincoln cent obverse and a Roosevelt dime reverse on a Lincoln cent planchet. The present lot.
  2. Another. MS66 Red PCGS. Long Beach Signature (Heritage, 6/2021), lot 3158.
  3. A 1999 Lincoln cent obverse and a Roosevelt dime reverse on a Lincoln cent planchet. MS66 Red PCGS. Bellaire Collection; Central States Signature (Heritage, 4/2006), lot 5271.
  4. A 1993-D Lincoln cent obverse and a Roosevelt dime reverse on a Lincoln cent planchet. MS65 Red PCGS. Alfred V. Melson Collection; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2010), lot 2383.
  5. A 1995 Lincoln cent obverse and a Roosevelt dime reverse on a Roosevelt dime planchet. MS64 NGC. Alfred V. Melson Collection; FUN Signature (Heritage, 1/2010), lot 2384.

The present coin is the second-known 2001-D cent / dime mule. The dime reverse has a broad rim with three concentric levels. The inner and outer levels are raised, and the middle level is recessed. The wider rim on the reverse is due to the narrower diameter of the dime die. On the obverse, TRUST is faint, as is the first L in LIBERTY. The Lincoln bust truncation shows incompleteness of strike. These characteristics are also due to the smaller dime die.

This is a lustrous orange-gold Gem that is essentially devoid of contact. A few pinpoint flecks emerge beneath a powerful loupe. A fleeting opportunity to obtain an example of the most desirable U.S. error category.

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