Hi. I just received my 2019S silver proof set from the mint. I was inspecting the coins and the Native American dollar
coin shows 3 lines around the edge, I assume the lettering die collar segments. The segmet with "e pluribus unum" is visible to me although it is weak the other 2 segments or collar parts I see maybe a star or 2 and what I think is possibly a 9 or an S otherwise I don't detect anything.
I've tried angling the case and twisting and turning it under magnification it get a better look with every magnifier I have. I also can't get a clear picture of it because of the plastic lens and the Angles required to see it all in focus. I'm not that skilled yet.
I've compared it to the one in my 2019 clad proof set and there is absolutely something wrong with the edge lettering. The one from the clad proof set is strong and all Stars are clear as well as the date and mint mark easy to see with no manification and even easier with magnification.
So. I wanted to report this finding and IF it is missing partial edge lettering would it be valuable enough to cracking out the set or is it just another of the $5-$10 iffy error coins not worth bothering with?
I really don't want to crack out the set, so I'm going to try any other way first to get a good handle on what's going on here first before doing that.
I will continue to try to figure it out how to get pictures in focus of the edge without removing it from the case, and I need a better magnifier apparently anyways lol.
Opinions and advice are welcome, just wish I had clear pictures to show.
Is there a specific order to the collar segments? Are there supposed to be a specific number of stars on the edge? I know nothing on these types of coins I stopped with them until this year since like 2006.
For sure there's a big observable difference between the edge lettering strength of the two examples I have.
The one in the clad set has the below clear to just my eye without magnification:
|* E PLURIBUS UNUM |* * * * * * * *| * * 2019 S * * |
The one from the silver proof set has:
|* E PLURIBUS UNUM |* * _ _ _ * * *| _ _ ____ S * * |
The underscores represent abrasion areas where stuff is missing.
Appears like there some heavy abrasion going on in the blank areas and all of the lettering is weak as well as the collar segment lines compared to the other example I have to compare it to.
I would appreciate any thoughts someone might have on the subject. I'll try to figure out how to get pictures without cracking out in the meantime.