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


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 The coin's owner had placed it for sale on ebay, where it drew bids up to $1,100 before being withdrawn after questions from the U.S. Secret Service.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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