Donna G. writes: I have a 1998 quarter with George Washington’s head on one side and on the opposite side is the 2000 golden dollar eagle. I have not been able to find it in any ref. books or catalogs I am trying to see what the value is and/or where I can get it appraised
You have a coin constructed from two other coins in a machine shop. For a “mule” to exist, that is dies from two completely different coins mixed to create a composite coin, there would have to be a common planchet (coin blank) not two different blanks fused together. Also, there were no Sacagawea dollars in 1998 so such a mule couldn’t exist.
This coin is used in magic tricks and for other novelty purposes. Similar pieces can be purchased in a hobby or novelty shop for about $8. See: Magic Coins.
If you believe this is a United States mint struck coin, you can easily determine if you coin is a valuable error simply by weighing the coin. A clad quarter weighs exactly 5.67 grams. A quarter struck on a modern dollar blank would weigh exactly 8.1 grams. If your quarter weighs the same as a dollar coin then you should have it authenticated by the American Numismatic Association, PCGS or NGC. See their links on the CoinSite Links page for information about their authentication services.
Genuine Sacagawea dollar mules, the first mules in United States history, have been discovered. So far, seven pieces have been found. This error was created by using a setup for a dollar and inserting a quarter die for the obverse, creating a coin with the obverse of a quarter and the reverse of a dollar struck on a dollar planchet.
The Washington quarter/Sacagewea dollar mules have sold at prices from $28,000 to more than $40,000. Note that this coin is struck on a Sacagawea dollar blank and shows a 2000 Washington quarter obverse and a Sacagawea reverse.