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1 - 2007 Mint State $1 George Washington Mint Error Missing Edge Lettering





Coin Details

Origin/Country: UNITED STATES
Design Description: DOLLARS - PRESIDENTS
Full Grade: NGC MS 66 ME
Owner: bishopjd

Set Details

Custom Sets: U.S. Presidential Errors
Competitive Sets: NGC Top 100   Score: 336
NGC Top 50   Score: 336
NGC Error Presidential 2007 - Date   Score: 336
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The George Washington Presidential Dollar was released on February 15, 2007 as the first coin of the Presidential Dollar series. The series will feature each President of the United States of America in the order served, at a rate of four new designs per year. The new dollar coins will be issued for circulation and produced in special collector versions by the United States Mint.

George Washington was the former General and Commander in Chief of the Continental Army. He was then unanimously elected as President. He served two terms as the 1st President of the United States from 1789-1797.

An official launch ceremony for the George Washington Dollars was held at Grand Central Terminal in New York City. The ceremony was attended by United States Mint Director Edmund Moy. George Washington imitators greeted some of the City’s commuters in honor of the new coin.

The obverse of the coin features a portrait of President Washington and the reverse features a rendition of the Statue of Liberty that will be used for all Presidential Dollars. The obverse designer/sculptor was Joseph Menna. The reverse designer/sculptor was Don Everhart.

The obverse features inscriptions “George Washington,” “1st President,” and the years of his presidential term “1789-1797.” The reverse inscriptions include “United States of America,” and the denomination “$1.” The date and mint mark are located on the edge inscription of the coin along with the mottoes “In God We Trust” and “E Pluribus Unum.”

Placement of the motto “In God We Trust” on the edge of the coin was a source of controversy. Many people believed that the motto had been omitted from the coins in an attempt to “phase Gold out of America”. There were many calls to boycott the new $1 coins, including a widely distributed email chain letter. The motto, of course, was still present on the edge of the coin. Adding some confusion to the situation, approximately 100,000 George Washington Presidential Dollars were struck in error missing the edge lettering, which meant that they actually did lack the motto. The US Mint would modify their production process to vastly reduce the incidence of this error, and eventually Congress would mandate the placement of “In God We Trust” on the obverse of the coin starting with 2009.

So far the George Washington Presidential Dollar has the highest overall mintage for the series with more than 300 million coins produced for circulation. The Philadelphia mint produced 176,680,000 coins, and the Denver mint produced 163,680,000 coins.

One of the first new error types to surface for the Presidential Dollar series was the “Missing Edge Lettering” Error Coin. This are also sometimes referred to as “Smooth Edge Dollars.”

This error occurs when coins do not reach the second step of the two step minting process. You will recall that the first step strikes the obverse and reverse designs of the coin and the second stage produces the edge lettering.

The error is most commonly found on George Washington Presidential Dollars. An estimated 100,000 to 200,000 were released into circulation. The error occurred less commonly on John Adams Dollars. For the next following issues the error became even less common as the US Mint modified their production procedures

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