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What can be considered a mere oversight, or tiny mistake, has now made 45,000 of the 2008 $1 Silver Eagles a sought after collector’s item for avid coin enthusiast. Between 2007 and 2008 the U.S Mint decided to change the Reverse design, what they didn’t count on happening during the minting of the 2008 coins, was the unchanged 2007 Reverse design being used during striking. It took only a month from the release of the first coin in April 2008 for an avid coin collector in Georgia to make the discovery. From the point of discover the U.S. Mint then evaluated their inventory and discovered at least 15 reverse dies from 2007 that were employed to strike the reverse design for the 2008 coin.
While the Obverse of the 2008 Silver Eagles remained unchanged, staying with the Adolph A. Weinman “Walking Liberty,” slight changes were made to the Reverse of the coin. Three small distinguishing features set the Reverse design on the 2007, apart from the new 2008 image. First the “U” in the inscription above the heraldic eagle in the Reverse 2007 design lacks the serif which was added in the 2008 coin. Second, the star configuration between the eagle’s wings is much tighter in the 2008 design. Lastly, the tilde and spacing of legend from the rim at the bottom of the coin, appearing much more refined in the new design. Originally the Reverse, designed by Weinman in for the Half dollar, which was minted from 1916 through 1947, showed a bald eagle rising from a mountaintop perch.
Errors in minted coins add a bit of excitement and uniqueness to collecting; and the 2008 Silver Eagle with the Reverse 2007 design is no exception. Contact Global Monetary Reserve today to learn more about investment opportunities and securing your financial future. Call 877-795-9585 today and learn how GMMR can help your portfolio or collection!