CoinWorld has recently reported the discovery of Grover Cleveland (First Term) Presidential Dollars which are missing the edge inscriptions. This is significant since this error type had become very infrequent after changes were made to the production process.
When the Presidential $1 Coin Program launched in 2007, many George Washington Dollars began to surface which lacked the edge inscriptions. Initially, the US Mint had produced the coins in a two step process which involved first striking the coins in plain collar and then transporting the coins within bins to an edge lettering machine at a different location. This process apparently left plenty of opportunity for error.
Current census figures show that coin grading firms PCGS and NGC encapsulated more than 60,000 examples of the George Washington Dollars which lack the edge inscriptions. Overall estimates of the number of errors released to circulation are from 100,000 to 200,000 examples.
After the high profile error, the US Mint refined their production process to integrate the edge lettering within the production process. This greatly reduced the number of missing edge lettering errors which were released into circulation.
The US Mint began sales of bags, rolls, and boxes of the Grover Cleveland First Term Presidential Dollars on May 25, 2012. According to the CoinWorld article, at least two of the missing edge lettering errors were found within $500 coin boxes purchased from the US Mint. The most recent sales report shows that orders have been placed for 700 of the $500 boxes from Philadelphia and 562 of the boxes from Denver.
In the past, I have commented about how the extra surcharge for this largest sized box makes the coins slightly more expensive than if two of the $250 boxes are purchased. At least in a few cases, the buyers received an unexpected bonus.
Have any readers found any missing edge lettering errors in their Grover Cleveland rolls, bags, or boxes?