This article by Mike Unser on CoinNets.Net described the laser treatments the U.S. Mint is applying to certain 2014 Native
American $1 coins. -Editor
Another key coin from the United States Mint this year is the 2014-D Enhanced Uncirculated Native American $1 Coin within the 2014 American $1
Coin and Currency Set.
Priced at $13.95, some collectors commented early that the set was inexpensive yet overpriced since the face value of its contents added up to
just $2. But then it wasn’t clear then that the set held a $1 coin with a unique finish and that it also hadn’t been released elsewhere. Now that
price seems like a bargain.
Here’s a color-coded graphic showing areas of the coin that received unique treatments:
A wire brush (bright) finish has been applied to both obverse and reverse fields and artwork on the dies. The obverse and reverse artwork was then
frosted, according to the color key below:
- White represents areas with a standard uncirculated finish,
- Blue shows regions of standard laser frosting, and
- Yellow indicates areas of light laser frosting
The enhanced uncirculated finish is VERY noticeable with the coin in hand — especially the reverse. You don’t need a loupe to best see the effects
like on the 2014-S Enhanced Uncirculated Kennedy Half-Dollar (see its treatments) from the four-piece 2014 50th Anniversary Kennedy Half-Dollar
Silver Coin Collection. Here are some additional U.S. Mint-provided details about the enhanced uncirculated dollar:
Being an Enhanced Uncirculated program, the base finish on the obverse & reverse was wire brushed. This was developed specifically for this
program and implemented into production for the first time. This approach gives the coins a bright finish without appearing polished (like proof
On the obverse, standard laser frosting was applied to the field and particular elements of the artwork to accentuate the design. Specific
elements of the artwork and all lettering are in the wire brush finish to further accentuate them against the laser frosted field.
On the reverse, standard laser frosting was applied to the field. A lighter level of laser frosting was then applied to particular elements of the
artwork to enable it to stand out. Specific elements of the artwork, all lettering and the compass are in the wire brush finish to further accentuate
To read the complete article, see:
2014-D Enhanced Uncirculated
Native American $1 Coin Laser Treatments (www.coinnews.net/2014/11/26/2014-d-enhanced-uncirculated-native-american-1-coin-laser-treatments/)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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