The Chile Mint Needs Spellcheck

Saturday, February 13, 2010 , 1 Comments

When I saw this on BBC World News last night, I thought I'd dreamt it up in a haze of cold pills and Theraflu. Nope. It actually happened.


The general manager of the Chilean mint has been dismissed after thousands of coins were issued with the name of the country spelt wrongly.

The 50-peso coins - worth about 10 cents (6p) - were issued in 2008, but no-one noticed the mistake until late last year.

Instead of C-H-I-L-E, the coins had C-H-I-I-E stamped on them.

The coins have since become collectors' items and the mint says it has no plans to take them out of circulation.

BBC also informs us this is not an isolated incident.

Last October, someone [at the Chile mint] sold a rare medal, which should have been housed in the institution's museum, to a coin collector.

A month later, another medal - this one bearing the face of the country's then President Michelle Bachelet - was inadvertently sold on the open market.

Whoopsie, who do they have running things over there? How do you not notice that?! Awareness, people, awareness. Or whatever it's called in Spanish.

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Anonymous said...

Please tell me the dude in the photo is an Arizona Cardinal Football fan and not a St. Louis Cardinal baseball fan.