Crack your coin jars open because you may be sitting on an absolute goldmine!
A rare one-dollar Australian coin, known as a ‘mule,’ is being sold for more than $4,000 at auction.
A mix up at a mint in 2000 produced a rare $1/10c hybrid-also called a mule coin-worth thousands of times its face value by rare coin collectors.
And while the mule looks like any other gold coin at first glance, a closer look shows a few critical variations including a double rimmed tip.
The coin was made when a technician at the Royal Australian Mint mistakenly paired the coin’s kangaroo-shaped ‘tails’ side with the ‘head’ of a 10c piece, the Australian Coinecting Blog explains.
It’s estimated that about 6,000 of the mule coins will be in circulation.
Most of them ended up in Perth, and although the mule fever peaked around 2003/2004, there is still the rare coin in circulation.
Checking your one-dollar coins from now on is a good reminder, because you could just win a jackpot.