Discoveries

Presidential Dollar Mint Errors

The Missing Edge Lettering discovery on the George Washington Presidential Dollar was the biggest news story of 2007. Mint Error News has published a special edition of the magazine showcasing the Washington Dollar Missing Edge Lettering mint errors which can be viewed on minterrornews.com. Presidential Dollars featuring John Adams, the second president, were also discovered with the Missing Edge Lettering.

The numbers of Missing Edge Lettering Presidential Dollars on subsequent presidents has been greatly reduced due to new procedures at the U.S. Mint. An example would be President Monroe Dollars that are missing the edge lettering. The number discovered so far is approximately 20.

Other major mint errors in the Presidential Dollar series are very scarce. Only two or three off-centers have been reported and only a handful of double struck coins have surfaced. Several Presidential Dollars have been discovered missing either an obverse or reverse clad layer. A few of these Missing Clad Layers are also missing the Edge Lettering. To date, three Proof Presidential Dollars have been certified by NGC that were stuck on elliptical planchets. PCGS has certified a few with clips and a few that are broadstruck. Some of the major mint errors on Presidential Dollars are featured here.

Also featured in this article is an up-to-date chart showing the number of Presidential Dollars Missing Edge Lettering that are known or estimated.

James Madison Dollar Reverse Manganese Layer Missing
Missing Edge Lettering - PCGS MS 66






George Washington Dollar Struck 6x & Broadstruck
Missing Edge Lettering - PCGS MS 66






John Adams Dollar Overlapped Double Struck & Broadstruck
Missing Edge Lettering - PCGS MS 64






John Adams Dollar 15% Double Clip & Uncentered Broadstruck
Missing Edge Lettering - PCGS MS 65






Thomas Jefferson Dollar Missing Edge Lettering
Satin Finish - PCGS MS 67






Thomas Jefferson Dollar Struck 50% Off-Center
Missing Edge Lettering - PCGS MS 65






Thomas Jefferson Dollar Reverse Manganese Layer Missing
Missing Edge Lettering PCGS MS 66






Updated: September 20, 2008




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