We are excited to release the tenth coin in the CollecTons Keepers program, an exclusive series only offered by CollecTons. The tenth coin we present, CollecTons Keepers #10 in Series, features the 2007 George Washington Golden Presidential Dollar Missing Edge Lettering.
Why is the 2007 George Washington Golden Dollar Missing Edge Lettering a Coin Worth Keeping?
By law, all coins minted by the U.S. mint must have the following inscriptions:
- In God We Trust
- United States of America
- E Pluribus Unum
- A designation of the value of the coin
The Presidential $1 Coin Program added the following inscriptions:
- The name of the President being commemorated
- The dates or years of the term of office of such President
- A number indicating the order of the period of service in which the President served
- The year of mintage
- The mint mark
In the case of the Presidential Dollar coins, the treasury department determined that the Statue of Liberty was sufficient in conveying this message and as such the Presidential Dollar coins are the only modern U.S. coins not bearing the inscription "Liberty".
That leaves nine different inscriptions that must appear on the coin while maintaining an obverse and reverse that are aesthetically pleasing. The solution was to place the year of minting, the mintmark, "E Pluribus Unum" and "In God We Trust" on the edge of the coin (note: it was also decided that the value of the coin would be represented by "$1", the first time that a number rather than a written value has been used to state the face value of a U.S. coin).
Since the process of inscribing on the edge of the coin had not been practiced since the 1907 Saint Gaudens Twenty Dollar gold piece, the US mint found itself to be lacking in both experience and equipment. Struggling to find a quick fix to this problem, new equipment was installed at the mints to produce this fascinating new aspect that had not been used for a century.
The first coin of this series was the United States' first president, George Washington. Only days after this coin was released, collectors came across coins with plain edges that had completely missed the edge-lettering process all together. Different names for this error started springing up including the plain or smooth edge Washington Dollar. With this coin missing the phrase "IN GOD WE TRUST," it soon picked up the nickname "Godless Dollar".
Due to the attention of the national media, the mint issued a statement announcing they had struck over 300 million Washington Dollars, and because of the new process, and high volume, the missing edge-lettering had been missed on an unknown number of coins from the Philadelphia mint. Experts estimate that around 200,000 Washington dollars may have been affected by this error.
These coins will be placed into ANAC's slabs, utilizing a gasket that holds the coins in a manner that makes the edge visible.
What makes the Collectons Keepers program special?
- Year: 2007
- Mint: Philadelphia
- Mintage: 176,680,000 (Unknown how many had the missing edge lettering)
- Designer: Joseph Menna (obverse) and Don Everhart (reverse)
- Composition: Pure Copper Core with outer layers of .770 copper, .120 zinc, .070 manganese, and .040 nickel
- Weight: 8.1 grams
- Diameter: 26.5mm
- Edge: Inscribed
Here at CollecTons, we work hard researching coins that should be part of every collection. Our goal is to utilize our knowledge in the numismatic industry to select coins worthy of being in everyone's collection! Therefore, the CollecTons Keepers program will only feature those Coins Worth Keeping. Each coin is hand selected and given to ANACS (America's Oldest Grading Service) for grading and authentication. The coins are then sealed in an ANACS certified proprietary slab holder for long-term storage, with our limited edition label marking it a CollecTons Keeper.
Collect one or collect the entire series!