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Monday, April 21, 2008

2008-W Silver Eagles with Reverse of 2007

Coin World reports that an unknown number of the 2008-W Burnished Silver Eagles have been struck using the reverse die type of 2007. Coin World was first notified about the variety by John Nanney of Leesburg, GA.

The reverse type is most easily distinguished by the appearance of the "U" of "United States." Coins with the reverse of 2007 will have a bowl shaped "U." Coins with the reverse of 2008 will have a "U" with a spur on the right side of the letter. Other noticeable differences include the configuration of the stars and the tilde and spacing between the worlds "Silver" and "One."

NGC has confirmed that they will be specially designating coins with reverse style of 2007 as "Reverse of 2007." Check out their recent article for diagnostic images and details.

There has been no official word from PCGS about whether they will be designating the coins.

Although the relative rarity of the coins with the 2007 reverse style is still unknown, prices have quickly escalated. The coins were initially available for as little as $69 each on some websites. Those quickly sold out. Now eBay auctions have coins bid up to as much as $685 for examples graded NGC MS 70. Here is a list of current eBay auctions.
2008-W Silver Eagles Reverse of 2007



At April 27, 2008 at 11:03 PM , Blogger John Kennedy said...

I purchased two 2008 W Uncirculated Silver Eagles from the Mint as soon as they were made available. When I heard the news about the 2007 reverse variety, I immediately checked my coins: and I was thrilled to find that they have the 2007 reverse. I am new to numismatics and it's a great feeling to be this close to numismatic history, however small that may turn out to be.

At May 10, 2008 at 4:38 AM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ordered ten and received ten with reverse of 2007. Had to double check the diagnostics to confirm my good fortune. On the other hand, was in Vegas recently playing Blackjack and lost three hands in a row while holding 20 against dealer's 21. A 2008 with a 2008 reverse is probably the rarity.

At June 5, 2010 at 5:28 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have the 06,07 and 08 W silver eagles,and I,m not inpressed.


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