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11 Nov 2019

2017S Proof Silver Eagle Mint Error

Coins-United States | user_14581

Ladies and Gentlemen I present to you the 2017S Mint Error, Struck Thru Obverse, Proof Silver Eagle, PF 69 DCAM... "The Moon Eagle".I initially won the Proof Eagle through a major Numismatic Auction House in 2018. I placed the bid on a Wednesday/Thursday because I noticed the fields looked extra black with the devices frosty white. Just an immaculate coin. The auction would end on Sunday and that Saturday evening prior I decided to look at the picture enlarged and that is when I noticed the mark above Lady Liberty. I thought, "Not a milk spot?". I noticed while enlarged the top line of E had a raised reversed "C" curving down and figured it could be a blemish of debri on the coin inside the slab, or possibly some sticker on top if the slab. When I won the auction and received the coin I instantly said, "That is no milk spot or sticker anywhere".I did take it to a couple of dealers around town and showed them and they said it was interesting but would not consider it an error. This past January at the FUN Show here in town I took it to Fred Weinberg. One, I could not believe I was sitting down talking to Mr.Error himself and 2) "How does he get these extraordinary errors"? My Lord, sorry I am back in track. I showed him the coin (mind you at this point it is just graded PF69DCAM Limited Edition First Strike by PCGS) and he said he believed it to be a Struck Thru. However, he said he had never seen one like this ever. He couldn't decipher what caused it and said the challenge for me is to find coin number 2, he also said to have it graded and see if it comes back a Mint Error. I then went to Jason from Orlando Coin Exchange and he liked it instantly and after careful review of the coin he looked up and said, "From this point on it will be called The Moon Eagle". He advised me to also get it graded. He stated he believed it to be a Mint Error but that it has to be authenticated as such.I sent in the submission to PCGS and it is Official. I read the Cherrypickers Guide and try when I can to find those overlooked varieties or errors, but for an accidental Cherry pick? This could not be any better. I have been honored to show the pictures to Mr. Bob Mellor and speak to him. He reiterated exactly what Fred Weinberg said and it is to find coin number 2. The Hunt Is On! To be continued...

Comments

JudeA

Level 4

Welcome. I love stories of how people find error coins. Finding #2 is always an important step. Hope it gets authenticated!

user_14581

Level 3

Thank You. So an update? Still no #2. But like the beat, the search goes on.

It's Mokie

Level 6

Very nice catch, just goes to show that interesting errors and varieties are out there still. Good Luck, Hope someone finds #2 real soon.

user_14581

Level 3

Can that someone be me please? I will have to blog about the mint error I found helping my Father prior to his passing.

Mike

Level 7

First welcome. I see it very clearly. Good for you and your sharp eyes. I'm pulling for you to find number two. I would be happy with one. Congratulations. Mike

user_14581

Level 3

Thank You very much for your welcome. It is exciting to be a member, finally. I am at awe at how much information there is through the Association. I have used my entire holiday so far exploring the site and uncovering a wealth of information. I have to keep reminding myself, “Who does #2 work for?”

Longstrider

Level 6

Welcome to the ANA! I had to go to PCGs to see it but it definitely is there. Now that is a moon. Well done.. I have had auction go the other way. I see a milk spot or something else, not welcome, when i receive the coin. Glad it turned out well for you. Good luck on coin two! Thanks.

user_14581

Level 3

The ANA is a boat load of information, Wheeeew. The quality of the pictures is what defines an auction house for me. Because if they just take the picture of a slabbed coin in horrible lighting to hide the brightness of the toning then how can they be trusted? I won a toned Morgan one time because I was upset that the one firm would use poor quality lighting to hide the toning as a dark black toned location. There was too much luster on the coin, yes you can see luster in a photo, to have that black area. I enlarged it to the helt and saw a piece of red flow from the middle to the end. Red is not the natural progression of color to a coin’s toned spot going black so I bid and won. It was full of green, yellow, amber and red... no black. So I hear ya when you say you didn’t see the spot then you get it and you are not happy.

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