So I busted open a 2011 mint set for the Sac dollars. Then the irritation occurred. I placed them into 2x2 holders. Then I went to write the date and m/m on it and you know what? I didn't know which one was Philly or Denver. To make the long story short, I had to cut one of the 2x2 holders open to examine the coin so I knew how to label it! Another reason edge lettering is a bad idea!!
Quote: There really wasn't any reason to change the Sac dollars to edge lettering. I think they did it because that's how they were doing the prez dollars.
It was an extremely boneheaded decision which was made to justify a somewhat boneheaded decision (for the Presidential dollars).
Yes, I will concede that the Presidential series designs benefited from the real estate gained by moving the mottos to the edge. However, including date and mint mark with that move was the wrong call. At the very least, the mint mark needs to be on one of the faces, since date can still be determined by Presidential obverse and Native American reverse.
Do not even get me started on their moving IGWT back to the face for all the wrong reasons while leaving the (date and) mint mark on the edge.