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1909 Overdate USA Gold Double Eagle 1909 Over 1908 Philadelphia Mint

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I can't remember seeing many overdates on American coins, so this was exciting to see:

1909 Overdate USA Gold Double Eagle 1909 Over 1908 Philadelphia Mint


I have always like overdates, and find them fascinating. For real numismatists, they give an important visual clue as to methods of coin production.

I am more used to seeing overdates on British coins, so it's always interesting to see them on world coins.

"An overdate was created at the Philadelphia Mint when an engraver struck a 1908-dated die with a 1909 hub. The resulting coins clearly show the “8” below the “9” in the last digit of the date. The estimated mintage of the 1909/8 double eagle is 80,000 pieces, which accounts for about half of the Philadelphia Mint’s production." (saintgaudensdoubleeagle.com).


Like most American coins, these were struck using "coin alignment" as opposed to "medal alignment", causing many people to think one side of their coin is "upside down".

As the rush of blood to my head is still building up, I will return to the obverse:


The NGC slab states it to be MS62 grade.



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Now that is a stunning gold piece!  I'm sure there are collectors on here far more in the know than myself with regard to U.S. error coins, but I have seen quite a few overdates over the years.  However they are certainly silver, pennies, or nickle clad... can't seem to remember a gold, much less, in my opinion the most desirable gold ever minted.

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