A Wisconsin collector has discovered the first recorded 2011
Sacagawea, Native American, Plain Edge dollar coin error.
Making the discovery even more unusual, Harry Fraley of Kempster,
Wis., discovered the coin positioned at the end of a roll of Denver
Mint James Garfield Presidential dollars he purchased directly from
the U.S. Mint.
Upon discovering the Native American dollar at the end of the
roll, Fraley opened the roll and found that the coin had a plain edge,
missing the legend E PLURIBUS UNUM, the date and Mint mark normally
incused on the edge of the coin.
Though the coin’s Mint of origin is unknown, struck at either the
Philadelphia or Denver Mint, the year of the dollar is known because
it bears the Wampanoag Treaty reverse, used only on 2011 Native
American dollar strikes.
Third-party grading service Numismatic Guaranty Corp. graded and
encapsulated the coin for Fraley, giving it a grade of “Mint Error Unc
The coin bears noncirculation type damage on both its obverse and
reverse; more specifically, there is a peculiar “ring” pattern which
appears just inside the rim on each side of the coin and scratch
patterns appear on the coin’s reverse.
According to error specialist David Camire of NGC, who examined
the dollar for the third-party grading service, the damage could have
occurred as a result of the coin being lodged in Mint machinery.
The 2011 Plain Edge error dollar joins the scarce 2010 Native
American, Plain Edge dollars and numerous 2009 Native American, Plain
NGC records only one 2010 Native American, Plain Edge dollar in
its NGC Census, a Satin Finish example from a 2010 Uncirculated Mint
set that is graded Special Mint Set 65.
Professional Coin Grading Service’s Population Report shows it has
graded and encapsulated two 2010 Native American, Plain Edge dollars,
both Satin Finish pieces grading PCGS Mint State 67. It is unknown if
any of the 2010 Plain Edge dollars were subjected to crossover grading
between the two third-party grading services.
The NGC Census records a total of 909 2009 Native American, Plain
Edge dollars. The PCGS Population Report shows the firm having graded
a total of 56 2009 Plain Edge pieces.
No record of 2009, 2010 or 2011 Native American, Plain Edge
dollars appears in the online version of the ANACS Population Report.
The label on NGC’s encapsulation of the 2011 Plain Edge dollar
mistakenly bears the date/Mint mark combination “2011 P,” whereas it
should not bear any Mint mark reference, an occurrence that Camire
attests to as a “clerical error” on the part of NGC.
Camire stated that NGC will provide a corrected encapsulation
label if the owner desires to return the coin to the grading service. ■