June 29, 2009

Collectors seek dateless pence

British coin collectors are paying top dollar for 20-pence (33-cent) pieces mistakenly printed without a date.

The coins, which were created using the old heads print for the coin and a new tails side, were not noticed to be lacking a date until an estimated 50,000 to 200,000 were put into circulation, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday.

The London Mint Office, a private firm specializing in dealing rare coins, said it is offering $83 per coin.

We believe this extremely rare error will certainly get the public looking at the coins in their pockets again and noticing the excellent new designs launched by the Royal Mint last year on our coinage, said Nick Hart of The London Mint Office.

A spokeswoman for the Royal Mint, which printed the coins, said they are still legal for regular use.

The fact of the matter is they are still legal tender but if people want to pay more it's up to them, the spokeswoman said.