2020 West Point SilverAmerican Eagle Mint Mark Question
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I recently purchased an NGC graded Silver American Eagle 2020 coin.  I purchased it on eBay and the listing said the coin was minted at West Point.  I received the coin today and it came graded in it's case and labeled as a West Point coin.  I cannot find the W on the obverse side of the coin under the branch where a mint mark would normally be.  Can anyone help?  I'd like to know if I am missing something or is someone pulling a fast one.  I want to ask here first before I reach out to the dealer. Thanks!

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All the 2020 bullion ASE's were minted in West Point except for a relatively small number that were struck in Philadelphia while West Point was closed briefly due to the Corona virus.  None of the bullion coins carry a mintmark no matter where they are struck.  So if it isn't in a slab that says 2020 (P) emergency issue, it was struck in West Point.

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The only ASE's that have a "W" mint mark on them are the burnished ones. If on the label the mint mark is displayed in parenthesis (W) that means it was minted at West Point but there is no mint mark on the coin, same with (P) and (S), no mint marks on the coin if labeled in that way. You're looking for an ASE labeled 2020-W, no parenthesis, a coin labeled as such should have a "W" mint mark. 

The burnished ASE's are prepared differently and are not given a MS grade by PCGS, they will be labeled SP. I believe NGC has been labeling the 2020 burnished ASE's as MS though.

Confusing enough for you?

Edited by Fenntucky Mike

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There are two camps on the "with parentheses" (S), (W), and (P) ASE's. Some people believe they are a legitimate variety and include them in a "Full Set". Other people believe that a non-mintmarked ASE is all the same thing because they cannot be discerned outside the slab, and the whole thing is BS (bullsnot). I am in the second camp. If there's no mintmark there, it's not a S, W, or anything else.

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This post is very good and useful guys. Thanks for writing such beautiful articles. It gives multiple knowledge and the main interesting thing is that you can share your feeling here.

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At West Point Mint there's a little old guy who glues on all the "W" mintmarks. He was ill this spring - he got the "Dos Equis Virus" in the large "19 Litre Posse Size" and was unavailable for a couple of weeks. While he was out, the mintmarks were omitted. Read it on the internet so it must be true.

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22 hours ago, VKurtB said:

Other people believe that a non-mintmarked ASE is all the same thing because they cannot be discerned outside the slab,

I'm in that group as well.

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On 9/16/2020 at 12:07 PM, BessieJ said:

This post is very good and useful guys. Thanks for writing such beautiful articles. It gives multiple knowledge and the main interesting thing is that you can share your feeling here.

Yeah, that is exactly why this forum was created: so a bunch of old guys could come together and share their feelings.

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2 hours ago, Just Bob said:

Yeah, that is exactly why this forum was created: so a bunch of old guys could come together and share their feelings.

Hey!  I resemble that remark.

:preach:

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7 hours ago, Just Bob said:

Yeah, that is exactly why this forum was created: so a bunch of old guys could come together and share their feelings.

We’re old guys. We don’t do “feeeeelings”. Ask our wives. 

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