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Pemember Pemember the 5th of November
The 'Mint error' £2 commemorative coin - what is it worth?
In 2005 the Royal Mint issued a commemorative £2 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot. It took six years for anyone to notice an apparent error.
The letter P is substituted for one or more of the Rs, reading Pemember instead of Remember in the phrase 'Remember Remember the Fifth of November' which is stamped into the milling on the edge of the coin.
There have been errors from the Royal Mintbefore. Recent years have seen the 2008 20p 'mule' and the Isaac Newton £2 coins with Gants instead of Giants.
This Pemember though, implies that the dies which imprint the letters have been used wrongly. A close inspection of the supposed faulty coins suggest that this is open to question.
The magnification, on the right, shows clearly that the letter is an R not a P. But, because the diagonal of the R coincides with a groove in the milling, the indentation is weak and badly-defined.
It is indistinct, especially to the naked eye, but it is definitely there, indicating that these 'Pemember' coins are minor imperfections rather than errors. Of course, it cannot be said from this that all supposed 'pemember' coins are mis-hits and that there are absolutely none where a die for a letter 'P' has been used in place of an 'R', but just keep this in mind:
1. The Royal Mint denies issuing any. A spokesman said: "Itís likely to be a consequence of the production process ... Itís very, very infrequent that we issue coins with an error. "
2. There are no authenticated magnified photographs of a Pemember coin with no trace of the tail on the P.
3. The substitution has been said to appear on the first Remember, on the second, and on both. This would indicate three separate errors in the setting up of the dies for striking this coin. Just how many times are the dies re-set in one edition of a coin?
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