Error Coins: Canadian 2013 Bald Eagle Silver $20 Coin

Posted on 7/17/2013

This Canadian 2013 Bald Eagle $20 coin was struck without the edge lettering.

The 2013 American Bald Eagle Silver $20 proof coin is the third issue in the Royal Canadian Mint’s Canadian Wildlife Exploration series. Struck in .9999 fine silver with a mintage limit of just 7,500 pieces, the coins quickly sold out at the Mint. NGC has graded more than 1,600 of these pieces, but one example stood out because it was missing the standard edge letting.

All of the Canadian 2013 American Bald Eagle 20 dollar coins are supposed to feature “1 OZ FINE SILVER 1 OZ ARGENT PUR” on the edge to indicate their weight and composition. This coin, however, was struck without the edge lettering. An error of this nature is quite uncommon, especially for a low mintage modern commemorative coin.

Canada 2013 Bald Eagle Silver $20 Coin
Left: With edge lettering Right: Without edge lettering
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NGC has graded this coin PF 68 Ultra Cameo with the “Mint Error” designation and a description “No Edge Lettering.” Reminiscent of the famous missing edge lettering US Presidential dollars, it’s a great example of a sharp-eyed collector spotting something out of the ordinary.

Canada 2013 Bald Eagle Silver $20 Coin
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Canada 2013 Bald Eagle Silver $20 Coin
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