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.