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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 1, January 2, 2000, Article 7

STOWAWAY SACAGAWEA DOLLAR  

   Speaking of ebay, that first-to-be-certified Sacagawea dollar 
   coin reported recently in the numismatic press has made it to 
   The Wall Street Journal.  The article in the December 31, 1999 
   issue quoted U.S. Mint Director Philip Diehl, James Taylor of 
   the Independent Coin Grading service (ICG), and others 
   regarding the coin which was accidentally released by the Mint 
   three months early.  The coin's owner had placed it for sale on 
   ebay, where it drew bids up to $1,100 before being withdrawn 
   after questions from the U.S. Secret Service.  The coin had 
   apparently gotten out of the Mint in a shipment of new quarters to 
   Colorado.   The author of the article (Peter McKay) highlighted the 
   irony of the mishap:  

   "The Sacagawea dollar coins - with smooth edges in addition to 
   the gold color - will replace the Susan B. Anthony coins that 
   have proved unpopular over the last 20 years with collectors 
   and spenders, in large part because they were easily confused 
   with quarters.  

   But U.S. Mint officials and the private experts who have seen 
   the Colorado coin say that won't be a danger with the 
   Sacagawea dollar, even if one did slip through the government's 
   own fingers amid quarters." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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