I picked up something different the other day that I would like to share here. I saw this at my coin dealer and had to have it, a 1994 SAE or Silver American Eagle. What makes this uncirculated coin special is it exhibits a great â€śStrike Throughâ€ť error across the date.
The PCGS definition of a struck through coin is: an error caused by a foreign object that got between the dies and the planchet when a coin was struck. CONECA, the error people, have listed several struck through categories. These include the following: â€ťstruck through dropped fillingâ€ť. This is when a piece of whatever, dirt, grease, or some foreign object has become loose form the die. Usually this is a date or letter. It has become hard and can act as part of the die. It then is transferred to the planchet as a coin incused digit, letter, or feature.
Next comes the more common â€śstruck through grease filled dieâ€ť. This happens when the die gets filled with dirt, grease, or even metal filings. The coin will show weak or even missing features. This is the most counterfeited type of struck through error.
Next comes the â€śstruck through string, cloth or wireâ€ť. That is pretty self explanatory. Last comes the fit all of everything else, â€śstruck through miscellaneousâ€ť. This is used when the struck through object is impossible to determine. On a personal note, the most unusual object I have seen was a struck through sand paper. Only this piece of sanding disc was offered for sale and not the coin. A perfect imprint of a SAE was on the disc.
Now back to my coin. Besides the error, quite a few milk spots are evident. These are not easy to see with the coin in hand but are very apparent under magnification in the photos. This was a common problem with these early dated SAEâ€™s. To my knowledge there is nothing that can be done about this. They can even appear in a TPG grade coin. I have my ideas about what caused this massive strike through but I will leave it to the reader to make their own decision. Thanks for reading. Please check out the photos.