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Sacagawea Dollar With Edge Lettering Found!

By November 18, 2007

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Sacagawea Dollar With Edge LetteringPCGS is reporting on their Web site that they have paid out a $10,000 reward to Andrew Moores of Lakewood, Colorado, for submitting the first known authentic Sacagawea Dollar with edge lettering on it. The Sacagawea Dollar is normally supposed to have a plain edge, even though the coin is minted on the same planchets as the Presidential Dollars (which do have edge lettering.) Most coin collecting experts knew it would just be a matter of time before such a coin turned up, but I think it took a little longer than most experts expected. For sure it took at least 2 weeks longer, because that's the amount of time that Moores said he had the coin before he realized it was different from other Sacs.

Moore says he got the 2007-D coin in circulation, which brings up some interesting conjecture because as I reported earlier this month, the U.S. Mint isn't striking any Sacagawea Dollars for general circulation in 2007. About the closest you can get to business strike Sacs is purchasing them from the Mint at a significant mark-up in bags or rolls. This lends itself to some interesting speculation: Did the Denver Mint actually place some 2007 Sacs in circulation, or did someone spend the coins from a Mint-sold bag or roll? Or does Moores maybe work at the Denver Mint (or have a friend who does? Heh, $10,000 is a lot of money...) Finally, assuming the Lettered Edge Sacagawea did find its way out of the Mint in the expected manner (in a bag or roll set,) does that mean we should all begin searching our own 2007 Sac bags and rolls to try to find more of these errors?

One thing that I want to warn people about is the curious phenomenon that occurs on eBay once someone breaks the ice with a legitimate rare and valuable error type. Several more specimens suddenly emerge, as if everyone who had found them didn't want to be the first to admit it or something. Most of the specimens of this type that I have tracked turned out to be fakes or altered coins, especially the numerous "faceless dollars" that turned up on eBay following the discovery of the first blank Presidential Dollar with edge lettering. That huge error coin was also found in Colorado (Fort Collins.) It probably isn't relevant, but it's interesting that the finders of both of these extraordinary errors live within commuting distance of the Denver Mint. Fort Collins is less than an hour's drive, and Lakewood, where Moores lives, is less than 8 miles away! The investigative journalist in me wonders if the finders of the "faceless dollar" (for which PCGS also paid out a nice reward) and the edge-lettered Sac have any friends or relatives in common between them that work at the Mint. Either that, or it seems that living in the greater Denver metropolitan area is a good place to be for cherrypickers.

Anyway, my nearly baseless speculation aside, the fact that fake lettered-edge Sacagaweas will turn up on eBay soon is almost a given. Creating very convincing fake edge lettering isn't hard at all with the proper tools and know-how. Thank goodness we have services like PCGS and NGC to authenticate them for us! Never buy an expensive error coin like this without certification or knowing your seller very, very well.

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November 21, 2007 at 7:32 pm
(1) A.C. says:

Found in circulation! That’s a laugh. The only place I get dollar coins in circulation is via change from the vending machine at the post office. And even there, I’m still getting 1979 SBAs and 2000 Sacagaweas instead of the new Presidential coins. I smell something fishy about this guy’s story.

November 21, 2007 at 11:01 pm
(2) Jeffrey Gelman says:

I do have some 2007 Sacagawea Dollar.
I did check but no winners. I did get them in my Sealed mint sets. please see my actions.
I have found Manny errors in the Mint sets (3 in 1 set of 12 coins)But not the one in the article.

June 4, 2009 at 1:50 am
(3) Mike Davis says:

Hello: I just found a Sacagawea 2009D coin in a vending machine with edge lettering and it has no date on the obverse or reverse–it is missing the date usually found
on the side with Sacagawea–is this an error coin? the only way I can tell what year it is is to read the date from the tiny edge lettering.
Who should I talk to about evaluating this? Mike Davis Milwaukee, WI

October 27, 2009 at 4:10 pm
(4) Shannon says:

I though my coin was also different but I too have the Sacagawea dollar with the date missing from the edge. I don’t think its different. It might be the new ones.

December 13, 2009 at 12:45 am
(5) brandon says:

I dont think that these coins are that rare becase what every one else is saying about these coins is just like mine.

June 28, 2010 at 4:41 pm
(6) Pedro says:

I have some Sacagaweas dollar coins with edge lettering that I got from a postal machine. Are they worth anything?

October 4, 2010 at 10:34 am
(7) taran says:

I too found a sacagawea coin with a date on the edge. Tiny, tiny, 2009 D, with stars all around it, except for the word
epluribusunum. what is THAT supposed to mean???!


January 1, 2011 at 2:32 am
(8) Angela Mccloud says:

I have alot of Sacagawea Dollar coins which i got right from the Bank and the Dates mostly are 2000 P. I also have a few with no Dates on them. If interested in buying my coins please let me know. Thank you and have a Happy New Year everyone.

January 1, 2011 at 11:41 pm
(9) Angela Mccloud says:

I checked my Sacagawea Dollar coin with no Date on the side and it reads 2008 P.

January 10, 2011 at 2:25 am
(10) Karen says:

I have a Sacagawea dollar coin with edge lettering with 2008D on it. I also have a John Adams dollar coin with edge lettering dated 2007D. Are either of these coins worth anything?

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