A Mint News Blog reader and Coin Network member reports the discovery of a satin finish 2008 James Monroe Missing Edge Lettering Error!
The coin was found in a 2008 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Set. This set contains the four 2008-P Presidential Dollars, 2008-D Sacagawea Dollar, and 2008-W American Silver Eagle. The Presidential Dollars and Sacagawea Dollar feature the satin finish used for coins included in Mint Sets.
The reader ordered two of the 2008 Annual Uncirculated Dollar Sets in mid-October. The James Monroe Dollar remains intact in the original set packaging. The reader intends to send the entire set to PCGS for grading.
This looks to be a significant find. Missing edge lettering errors were relatively common for 2007 George Washington Presidential Dollars with tens of thousands identified. Much smaller and ever diminishing numbers of missing edge lettering errors escaped the Mint for 2007 John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison Dollars. Only a handful of 2008 Presidential Dollars with missing edge lettering seem to have been identified to date.
The PCGS Population Report lists only three 2008 Presidential Dollars graded with missing edge lettering. These are also James Monroe satin finish coins. An article from September 2008, indicates that ICG handled three James Monroe Dollars and one Andrew Jackson Dollar with missing edge lettering. These were found in 2008 Mint Sets.
Unless there are more that I haven’t seen reported, that makes only seven 2008 Presidential Dollar Missing Edge Lettering Errors identified.
Congrats to the reader on this exciting find. Everyone else, you might want to take another look at your sets!
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