Longstrider's Blog

22 Jan 2021


Coins-United States | Longstrider

I picked up something different the other day that I would like to share here. I saw this at my coin dealer and had to have it, a 1994 SAE or Silver American Eagle. What makes this uncirculated coin special is it exhibits a great “Strike Through” error across the date.

The PCGS definition of a struck through coin is: an error caused by a foreign object that got between the dies and the planchet when a coin was struck. CONECA, the error people, have listed several struck through categories. These include the following: ”struck through dropped filling”. This is when a piece of whatever, dirt, grease, or some foreign object has become loose form the die. Usually this is a date or letter. It has become hard and can act as part of the die. It then is transferred to the planchet as a coin incused digit, letter, or feature.

Next comes the more common “struck through grease filled die”. This happens when the die gets filled with dirt, grease, or even metal filings. The coin will show weak or even missing features. This is the most counterfeited type of struck through error.

Next comes the “struck through string, cloth or wire”. That is pretty self explanatory. Last comes the fit all of everything else, “struck through miscellaneous”. This is used when the struck through object is impossible to determine. On a personal note, the most unusual object I have seen was a struck through sand paper. Only this piece of sanding disc was offered for sale and not the coin. A perfect imprint of a SAE was on the disc.

Now back to my coin. Besides the error, quite a few milk spots are evident. These are not easy to see with the coin in hand but are very apparent under magnification in the photos. This was a common problem with these early dated SAE’s. To my knowledge there is nothing that can be done about this. They can even appear in a TPG grade coin. I have my ideas about what caused this massive strike through but I will leave it to the reader to make their own decision. Thanks for reading. Please check out the photos.





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Nice coin! Where did you get it?


Level 5

That's pretty cool. We have a local club member that has an ASE that was struck thru a piece of string.


Level 7

It looks.like a silver piece got between the strike and the planchet. There not that common . I haven't seen many around.. Then again were I live there are no delears.. Two million five hundred thousand people. Not a club and I found a dealer about thirty miles away. So that's out. Great find . Thanks for your research and history about these. Good blogs take work.!


Level 5

really beautiful coin!

It's Mokie

Level 6

Wow, cool acquisition Longstrider, thanks for sharing. PS, I think it was struck through a sliver of metal from another planchet,


Level 5

Nice coin. I should of been an error collector ! Very nice coin for sure. Milk spots are something. Its a shame a coin can be graded then develop milkspots? Buy the coin not the grade sometimes?


Level 5

Haha "the error people" I love it!!! Amazing coin too! I wish I could get my hands on one, but the low budget thing is a killer for all YNs. Thanks for sharing! Later.


Level 5

That is just neat! Yeah buddy a large number of my silver from the 90s have the classic milk spots. Interesting blog, later.


Level 6

A very cool error coin! Looks like some nice toning starting too! Thanks for sharing this great addition to your collection with us ; )

walking liberty

Level 4

cool. people found a $20 with a banana sticker on it and that sold for a lot of money. maybe you should send it off to PCGS or NGC to get graded then appraised, or the other way around. But that is sure a beauty. WL

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Certainly, an interesting error coin. Wish I could actually see the coin in person. I can't guess what kind of struck through error it is.

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