15 Feb 2010

Spelling bungle costs Chilean mint boss job

12:59 pm on 15 February 2010

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

The 50-peso coins (worth about 15 New Zealand cents) were issued in 2008, though no-one noticed the mistake until late last year.

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

It's not the first time there's been a blunder at the mint, the BBC reports.

Last year, two rare medals that should have been kept in its museum were sold by mistake.