|To the credit of the U. S. Mint, die varieties in the Presidential Dollar coin series have been few and far between. On the free online E-Book "Variety Vista", there is a grand total of 10 known doubled dies in the entire Presidential Dollar coin series. There is 1 doubled die obverse (DDO) and 9 doubled die reverses (DDR) listed, all relatively minor. This page will list other collectible Presidential Dollar coin die varieties that are not listed on "Variety Vista".
George Washington Dollar
The discovery of this variety was reported in the numismatic press in July 2007. It was first reported by Jim Morris of North Carolina. This variety exhibits an extended third ray of Miss Liberty's crown on the reverse (as shown in the picture). It is extended to, but does not touch, the upraised right arm of Miss Liberty. On a normal coin, the third ray is notably shorter.
This variety comes with its controversy. Some enthusiasts think it is an accidental die gouge or scratch. However, many noted experts in the field of die varieties that have inspected an example of this coin in hand, have concluded that the extension is too perfect and symetrical to not be an intentional change to the die. This variety has been compared to the 2004-D Wisconsin Quarter high & low extra leaf varieties. The high and low leaf 2004 D Wisconsin varieties were determined to have been a deliberate, intentional, tooling incident perpetrated by a mint employee with a crescent shaped punch. Intentional tooling may too have been the cause of the extended ray on the 2007-P George Washington Dollar. Clearly, more study is needed to determine the exact cause of the extended ray. Whatever the cause, it's a cool variety and worthy of the attention of all small dollar enthusiasts.
PROOF JEFFERSON DOLLAR
|The collar is often
called the "third die", so this error could
technically be called a die variety. Unlike business
strike Presidential Dollars where the edge lettering is
applied after the coin is struck, the edge
lettering on proof coins is applied at the same time the
coin is struck. The collar contains the edge lettering is
in three segments. One segment contains the date and mint
mark; one segment contains the motto "E PLURIBUS
UNUM"; and one segment contains "IN GOD WE
TRUST". Each segment is placed in the holder by
hand. An undetermined number of 2007-S Proof Thomas
Jefferson Dollars were struck and released with the edge
lettering out of sequence. The error occured when the
mint employee simply placed the segments into the holder
in the wrong sequence. On a normal proof coin, "IN
GOD WE TRUST" is followed by the date and mint mark.
On the out of sequence edge, "IN GOD WE TRUST"
is followed by "E PLURIBUS UNUM". Measures have
been taken to prevent this type of error from occuring
again. In a March 2008 statement, the mint estimated that
as many as 100,000 Jefferson proof dollars were struck
with the edge inscription out of sequence. How many were
actually released is unknown, but to date, only a handful
have been reported so check your proof Thomas Jefferson
Normal edge: 2007 S E PLURIBUS UNUM · IN GOD WE TRUST ·
Error edge: 2007 S IN GOD WE TRUST · PLURIBUS UNUM ·
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