This is a question regarding the American Eagle silver dollars of
2008, 2009 and 2010 and the reverse side of the coin at the legend
united states of america. The u in united has a different shape,
unlike the u on the other silver American Eagles.
Is this an error? I would appreciate knowing the next step in
having my coins verified.
Citrus Springs, Fla.
Beginning with 2008 strikes, the U.S. Mint began using a slightly
modified design on American Eagle 1-ounce silver bullion coins,
Uncirculated (with W Mint mark) silver coins and Proof (with W Mint
mark) silver coins.
However, some of the Uncirculated (often termed as “Burnished
Uncirculated” by collectors) 2008-W strikes featured the older font
style on the reverse, used on 2007 and prior strikes. The difference
was most noticeable on the u in united states of america.
The United States Mint admitted that it released 47,000
Uncirculated 2008-W American Eagle silver coins struck with the older
reverse dies. These are referred to in collecting circles as “Reverse
of 2007” strikes.
In early January 2008, Mint officials confirmed that style
changes, primarily in the lettering for better metal fill, were
intentionally made on the obverse and reverse of the Proof,
Uncirculated and bullion 2008 American Eagle silver coins. No one
outside the Mint was aware of the change until the 2008-W Reverse of
2007 coins began to turn up in the marketplace side by side with coins
bearing the updated reverse.
Mint spokesman Michael White said the Mint made the “artistic
design changes” while moving from hand-engraving to digital engraving.
American Eagle silver coins struck in 2008 to the present feature
the newer style lettering on their reverse legends.
While use of the older style was an unintended “error” on the part
of the Mint, the 2008-W Reverse of 2007 coin is more or less
considered a variety rather than an error.
Other than the aforementioned 47,000 pieces, Coin World
is currently unaware of any other American Eagle coins exhibiting
the Reverse of 2007.
Before sending a suspected 2008-W American Eagle, Reverse of 2007
silver coin to a third-party grading service, the collector should
determine if the coin is indeed a Reverse of 2007 variation. Here is a
➤ The u on the normal reverse (Reverse of 2008) has a spur on the
right side of the letter.
➤ The Reverse of 2007 has a simple bowl-shaped u, without a spur
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