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Unique Set of Four 1865 2¢ 1920 Buffalo Nickel


Paraguay Gold Overstrikes Deep Obverse Die Cap Struck on Copper Planchet
NGC Certified & Brockage NGC AU 55 UNIQUE

Unique Jefferson Nickel 1898 Barber 25¢ 1901/0-S $5 Liberty Gold


Die Trial Obverse Die Cap & Brockage 10% Off-Center
PCGS Certified PCGS MS 62 PCGS AU 55

1853 U.S. Assay Gold $20 1965 English Penny 1875-CC $20 Liberty Gold
Double Struck Struck on Gold Planchet Partial Collar
NGC AU 55 PCGS MS 62 NGC MS 62

1904 $20 Gold Indian Cent on Half Dime Planchet 1910 Lincoln Cent
Double Struck Uniface Obverse Uniface Test Strike
ANACS MS 60 Proof-Like PCGS MS 63 PCGS AU 58

1864 2¢ Obverse Die Cap Martha Washington Dollar Test Piece 1851 3¢ Obverse & Reverse
Mated With Brockage Clad Plan w/Exp Edge Die Trials
PCGS MS 62 NGC MS 64 Struck on Cardboard

1856 Large Cent Obverse Cap/ Martha Washington Dollar Test Piece 1869 Indian Cent
Brockage Reverse Sac Plan w/Exp Edge Struck on Silver Dime Planchet
Gem BU NGC MS 64 PCGS AU 55

1920 SL 25¢ 1838 $5 Die Trial Splasher 1906-D $20 Liberty Gold
Struck on Peru 20C Planchet J-A1838-6 Broadstruck
NGC MS 60 FH Unique PCGS MS 65 UNIQUE NGC AU 58

Pair of Indian Head 1¢ Die Caps Barber Half Ike Dollar


Obverse & Reverse Full Obverse Brockage Double Struck on a Dime Planchet
PCGS MS 64 PCGS AU 58 UNIQUE PCGS MS 64

1921-S Morgan Dollar 1895-O Barber Dime 1871 3¢ Nickel


Struck 45% Off-Center Obverse Die Cap Struck on 1¢ Stock
NGC MS 63 PCGS MS 64 NGC MS 62 BN

1924 SL 25¢ 1862 Indian Head 1¢ 1818/5 Cap Bust Quarter


Double Struck Deep Obverse Die Cap Struck 5% Off-Center
ANACS AU 55 PCGS MS 62 NGC MS 65

1887 $3 Indian Gold Proof 1942 Walking Liberty 50¢ 1860 $5 Reverse Hub Trial
Triple Struck Struck on Silver 25¢ Planchet Struck in Copper
PCGS PR 63 PCGS MS 65 NGC MS 64 BN
Mike Byers’ 2010 Catalog of

U.S. & World


Major Mint Errors
and Die Trials
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It is the largest selection of U.S. & World Major Mint Errors and Die
Trials ever offered for sale including many unique and spectacular pieces.

Mike Byers is president of Byers Numismatic Corp. He has been a Professional Numismatist for over
thirty years, has handled major coin collections and attends every major coin convention. He is the
Publisher and Editor of Mint Error News Magazine and the website minterrornews.com. Mike Byers is
a life member of ANA since 1985, a charter member of NGC and a featured dealer/member of PCGS.
He is also a founding member of the California Coin & Precious Metals Association, a life member of
the Central States Numismatic Society and a member of ICTA. He is member A71 in the Certified Coin
Exchange (CCE). Mike Byers was a consultant to ANACS for Mint Errors from 2000 to 2006.

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“S” Walking Liberty Half Dollar
Double Struck 50% Off-Center on 25¢ Planchet
MS 65 PCGS • Unique

T his Walking Liberty Half Dollar has to be the most


incredible mint error in the series. Not only is it struck
on a silver Quarter planchet, it is also double struck. The
second strike is 50% off-center with a uniface obverse. Even
though there is no date, it was struck at the San Francisco
Mint since the “S” is clearly visible. It is in gem mint state
condition and was recently certified by PCGS. It is also the
cover coin of Issue 24 of Mint Error News Magazine.

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Unique NGC Set of Four Paraguay Gold Overstrikes

T his is a unique set of nineteenth century Paraguay patterns that were overstruck on previously struck gold
coins. NGC recently certified this spectacular discovery set which was first published as a Mint Error News
Magazine cover story.

Throughout history, some overstrikes were intentionally produced for several reasons. Sometimes overstrikes occur
due to a coinage shortage. Another factor is the lack of available planchets to strike a new design. In modern times,
overstrikes are considered mint errors. Overstrikes are coins that have been struck over a struck coin. Generally
speaking, there are two major types of overstrikes. The first type would be a double denomination (a Lincoln Cent
struck over a struck Dime). Although these are overstrikes, they are referred to as double denominations and are
known on many denominations of coins from many countries.

The second type of overstrike is a coin which is struck (either deliberately or as a mint error) on a previously
struck coin from a different era and country. In ancient times, it was not uncommon to strike coins over previously
struck coins with portraits of earlier Kings. In Colonial times, coins circulating were sometimes struck using
other coins that were in circulation, regardless of whether they were from the country striking the coin or from a
different country.

An example of a rare overstrike is a 1915 Panama Half


Commemorative which was struck in Proof over a cut
down St. Gaudens $20 gold piece. Another example is
a rare overstrike from Mexico. It is a gold 8 Escudos
struck over an earlier type and is listed in Krause as
rare. The Panama Half and 8 Escudos were intentional
overstrikes. There are also examples of unintentional
overstrikes which are classified as mint errors.

The fascinating aspect of this unique set of Paraguay


overstrikes is the fact that the dies used were unfinished
pattern dies which had incomplete dates and that these
four patterns were struck over struck gold coins. These
gold coins were from Paraguay, Chile and Argentina
and are on different denominations with different dates.
Several of the gold coins that were overstruck are either
rare dates or rare types and were in spectacular condition
when they were hand selected. There is no doubt that
this was a presentation set that was struck in the Mint
and preserved to this day in mint state condition. This
set is one of the most historic, dramatic and unusual
numismatic rarities ever struck by an official Mint.

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18XX Paraguay Peso
Struck Over a Chile 1849 8 Escudos - NGC MS 66

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18XX Paraguay 50 Centavos


Struck Over a Chile 1853 10 Pesos - NGC MS 66

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18XX Paraguay 50 Centavos
Struck Over a Chile 1859 10 Pesos - NGC MS 65

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18XX Paraguay 20 Centavos Struck Over an


Argentina 1887 5 Pesos - NGC MS 65

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Unique Jefferson Nickel Die Trial
PCGS MS 62
Coin World Article - Oct. 27, 2003 page 82.
This recently discovered and certified Jefferson This recent discovery was unknown to the
Nickel Reverse Die Trial is unique and also the only numismatic community and is not listed in Judd,
known die trial for the entire Jefferson Nickel series. Pollock nor any other numismatic reference book. It
was discovered in an estate including coins and other
It is a reverse die trial of a design for the numismatic items. I immediately purchased this die
Monticello that was not adopted. It was struck in trial from another dealer upon certification by PCGS.
copper with a diameter of .854 inches and the weight Uspatterns.com has given this piece the designation of
is 109.4 grains. JC1938-1.

This die trial was designed by Anthony This unique Jefferson Nickel die trial was
De Francisci, who also designed the Peace Dollar featured on the cover of the third issue of Mint Error
which replaced the Morgan Dollar in 1921. De News Magazine. It was also featured on coinfacts.
Francisci’s models including this reverse design are com, CoinLink.com and uspatterns.com. Coin World
in the Smithsonian and were donated by Teresa De featured this unique die trial in a half page illustrated
Francisci. article on page 82 of the October 27, 2003 edition.

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1920 Standing Liberty Quarter
Struck on Peru 20C Planchet
NGC MS 60 FH • Unique
This is the only known Standing Liberty Quarter struck
on a foreign planchet for the entire series. Standing Liberty
Quarter Off-Metals are so rare that there are only a handful
known struck on any other planchet. This unique off-metal is
a very recent discovery and was unknown to the numismatic
community and not listed in any reference book or catalog.

It was struck on a Peru 20 Centavos planchet with a weight


of 6.9 grams, a diameter of 24mm and a composition of 75%
copper and 25% nickel.

In the reference Domestic and Foreign Coins Manufactured


by Mints of the United States, 1793-1976 published by the
U.S. Treasury, we find that in 1920, the Philadelphia mint
struck 20 centavos pieces for Peru that were made of 75%
copper, 25% nickel with a diameter of 24mm and a gross
weight of 7 grams. This Standing Liberty Quarter off-metal
has a copper-nickel look instead of silver, is full size and is
considerably thicker than a silver quarter blank.

This is one of the most incredible and rare major mint errors
that I’ve ever had the pleasure of offering for sale. It is an
extreme rarity and would be the centerpiece of any mint error
or Standing Liberty Quarter collection.

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1861 Indian Head Cent
Obverse Die Cap
PCGS MS 64
SOLD

T here are only a few known Indian Head Cent die caps. This is an incredible Indian Cent obverse die cap. It
was struck on a 1860-1864 Cu-Ni planchet. This die cap is in gem mint state condition and would be the
highlight of any mint error collection.

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1898 Barber Quarter
Obverse Die Cap & Brockage
PCGS MS 62
T his is the only known obverse die cap in the Barber Quarter Series. It is very deep and barely fits in the PCGS
holder. The reverse has a brockage of the obverse design. This spectacular major mint error is in mint state
condition with attractive toning. It would be the highlight of a type coin collection, a Barber coin collection or a
mint error collection.

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1921-S Morgan Dollar
Struck 45% Off-Center
NGC MS 63
T his is the furthest off-center Morgan Dollar known. Even though the date (1921) does not show, the S Mint
Mark is on the reverse and this die pair was used to strike 1921-S Morgan Dollars.

Off-center Morgan Dollars are scarce but not rare when they are struck slightly off-center in mint state or 10%
to 20% off-center in circulated condition. To have one this far off-center and in choice mint state condition is
unbelievable. This is a very famous major mint error and has been known to the mint error specialists in the
numismatic community for over forty years. It is widely considered to be the furthest off-center Morgan Dollar
known.

Fred Weinberg owns an 1880-S Morgan Dollar struck 40% off-center and certified MS 63 by PCGS. He values it
at six figures and it is one of two featured mint errors photographed on his website banner.

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Unique 1866 $2½
Struck on a 3 Cent Nickel Planchet
NGC MS 66
T his numismatic discovery was just certified in 2007 by NGC. It is one of two known U.S. Liberty gold coins struck on wrong planchets and
certified by either NGC or PCGS as a mint error. The other known piece is a unique 1851 $20 Liberty struck on a cent planchet and certified
by NGC.

Coincidentally, in 1975 I bought the 1851 $20 Liberty on a Large Cent planchet from Fred
Weinberg. It was one of the highlights from the famous Dr. J. Hewitt Judd Collection. Judd
listed it with illustration in Appendix B of his pattern book as a mint error. Until the discovery
of this 1866 $2½ struck on a 3 Cent Nickel planchet, it was the only known U.S. gold coin struck
on a wrong planchet. The $20 struck on the Large Cent planchet now resides in an East Coast
collection of mint errors and is valued by many mint error specialists at over $150,000 should it
ever become available.

This unique 1866 $2½ is an incredible discovery for many reasons. An 1866 $2½ has an extremely
low mintage with only 3,080 struck and is one of the rarest dated $2½ Liberties known. It is a
five-figure coin in just mint state 60 and a true gem, if it existed in this grade, would be worth
well into six-figures.

This mint error is in gem condition. It was fully struck and has pristine fields and a flawless
portrait. I would describe this coin as struck. It weighs 2.04 grams since it was accidentally
struck on a 3 Cent Nickel blank planchet. It is incredible that this coin was preserved in this
condition.

I’m proud to announce that I recently purchased (via private treaty) the finest known mint state
1866 $2 1/2 struck in gold. It is certified MS 65 by PCGS. It was previously in an NGC holder
with the same grade. Current population reports published by PCGS and NGC, as well as the
auction archives on the Heritage Auction Galleries website, clearly show that this piece is the
finest known and the only one certified mint state 65 by both PCGS and NGC.

Without exageration, this major discovery is one of the most exciting and breathtaking mint
errors that I have ever handled since 1975. To have a unique combination of an extremely rare
dated gold coin, with a six figure value in superb condition, that is also a mint error (struck on
a 3 Cent Nickel planchet) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This numismatic rarity is unique,
spectacular and would be the showpiece of any collection of U.S. gold coins or major mint errors.
This discovery mint error was featured on the cover of Mint Error News Magazine Issue 20.

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1806 $5 Capped Bust to Right
Heraldic Eagle, Pointed 6, 8X5 Stars
Triple Struck Rotated 90°
PCGS AU 50
T his 1806 $5 Capped Bust to Right, Heraldic Eagle, Pointed 6, 8X5 Stars Gold
Piece was actually struck four times. John Dannreuther’s research and scans
clearly illustrate the four strikes as this coin was struck off-center, rotated and then
centered. With only six to ten pieces known of this rare die variety and considering
that it is also struck four times, this discovery coin is a significant numismatic rarity.

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1965 English Penny
Struck on Gold Planchet
PCGS MS 62

T his is one of the most spectacular major mint errors of all time. It is a 1965 English Penny struck on a gold
planchet weighing 18.3 grams instead of being struck on a copper planchet. This unique numismatic rarity
first surfaced in 1975 when Fred Weinberg bought it in a deal. I was in his office a few days later and immediately
purchased it after admiring and examining it. I then sold it to one of my customers.

It is a pleasure handling this Gold Penny again after thirty years. It


has been authenticated and certified Mint State 62 by PCGS and is
still the only one known. It is slightly larger than a U.S. Kennedy Half
Dollar blank and is in choice mint state condition with spectacular
luster.

Upon certifying this coin, Fred Weinberg stated that “it was totally
unexpected when I saw this ‘old friend’ cross my desk, since I
authenticate the mint errors for PCGS. I bought and sold this unique
English Penny struck in gold thirty years ago. After selling it to Mike
Byers at that time, I remember the thrill of holding this heavy English
gold Penny in my hand. It was just certified by PCGS in January
2007 and is still one of the neatest, exciting and most obvious ‘off-
metal’ coins of any type that I have ever handled.”

Recently, in the ANR auction on 04/15/05 of the Eliasberg collection,


a small group of coins struck in gold were sold. Here are a few of the
prices realized:
1902 English Pattern Crown in Gold by Spink NGC MS 62 - $39,100
1845 2 Gulden Struck in Gold NGC PR 63 - $23,000
1684 English 30 Florins in Gold NGC MS 61 - $27,600
(1923) China Dollar in Gold NGC MS 64 - $21,850
1818 German Thaler Struck in Gold NCS AU details - $18,400

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1895-O Barber Dime
Obverse Die Cap
PCGS MS 64
T
here are only a few die caps known in the Barber Dime series. This major mint error is phenomenal since it
is a super deep die cap on a very rare date and is in gem mint state condition. Unique.

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Martha Washington Test Piece
Struck on SBA Dollar Blank Planchet
With Experimental Edge
Judd #2184 • NGC MS 64
T
his Martha Washington Test Piece was struck on a clad SBA blank planchet. It is listed in the 9th Edition of
Judd, which photographs and lists other Martha Washington Test Pieces.

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1838 $5 Die Trial Splasher J-A1838-6
PCGS MS 65
UNIQUE

P CGS recently authenticated and certified this spectacular $5 die trial. It was stuck in white metal in 1838.
It is the reverse design for the regular No Motto with Small Letters, which was struck in 1839 and 1840.
Technically it is a splasher since it was struck only on one side on oversized white metal. It is a dramatic die trial
of an early design for the $5 gold piece and is in gem mint state condition. It is the plate coin in the 9th Edition
of Judd. Unique.

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1865 2¢ Deep Obverse Die Cap
Brockage Reverse
PCGS MS 64 RB
SOLD
This is a spectacular 2¢ Die Cap. This cap is very deep and has a brockage on the reverse of the obverse. This die
cap is in gem mint state condition and would be the highlight of any mint error collection.

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1910 Lincoln Cent
Uniface Test Strike
PCGS AU 58
Y et another unique die trial has surfaced. This 1910 Lincoln Cent Uniface Test Strike was certified by PCGS
and is unique and unreported. It is not listed in Judd, Pollock or any other numismatic reference.

It was purchased from an east coast estate which included several other unique and spectacular United States
major mint errors. Considering the fact that the Lincoln Cent series is one of the most popular and collected
series of U.S. Coins, it is amazing that there is no reference to this 1910 Test Strike Piece anywhere. There are
two 1909 Obverse Lincoln Cent Die Trials struck in lead. One is ex-Judd, the other is the Pollock plate coin. It
is fascinating that a test strike was made in 1910 of the obverse on a copper planchet with a uniface reverse.

This Unique Discovery Piece was featured and illustrated in a half page Coin World article in the September 22, 2003 Issue page 94.

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1920 Buffalo Nickel
Struck on Copper Planchet
NGC AU 55
T his Discovery Coin is a 1920 Buffalo Nickel struck on a full size copper planchet of the same diameter,
thickness and weight of a Buffalo Nickel!! Its composition is 89% CU, 8% ZN and 3% SN. The weight is 4.96
grams which is 76.54 grains. This unique Off-Metal Buffalo Nickel is unreported in Breen, Judd and Pollock.

Buffalo Nickels struck on Cent Planchets are very scarce. Buffalo Nickels struck on Dime Planchets are extremely
rare. This is the first and only reported Buffalo Nickel struck on a Full Size Copper Planchet. Type Coin Mint
Errors have been undervalued for over twenty years and have just started to realize their true value.

This piece was originally in a West Coast collection of U.S. Off-Metal Mint Errors. It was sold to a well known
dealer who specializes in Patterns, exotic coins and other rarities. He submitted it to NGC for authentication, and
upon certification I immediately purchased it.

This discovery coin was featured in a front page Coin World article.

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1901/0-S $5 Liberty Gold
Struck 10% Off-Center
PCGS AU 55
SOLD
T his is one of three known U.S. $5 Liberty Gold pieces struck off-center. One was struck approximately 5%
off-center and the other was struck a full 10% off-center. This dramatic $5 Liberty was struck at least 10% off-
center. As the coin was struck, the pressure from the dies forced the blank to expand in size since it was struck out
of the collar. It is also an overdate from the San Francisco Mint which makes this a rare and unusual combination
of mint errors. This is one of the most spectacular U.S. Gold major mint errors known.

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1875-CC $20 Liberty Gold
Partial Collar
NGC MS 62
M ajor mint errors on U.S. gold coins are very rare. This is only one of two major mint errors on a gold coin
from the U.S. Branch Mint in Carson City, Nevada that I am aware of.

A slightly double struck Carson City Morgan Dollar recently sold for approximately $30,000. There are many
serious collectors who place special importance on mint errors from the Carson City Mint due to its history.

This Carson City $20 Liberty has a full partial collar which is easily seen in the new NGC holder which displays
the edge.

This date is also rare and in this condition is a five figure coin, even without the partial collar. This Carson City
$20 Liberty is a recent discovery and is very exciting since it combines the rarity of a major mint error on a gold
coin with the popularity and history of the U.S. Branch Mint in Carson City.

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1851 3¢ Obverse & Reverse Die Trials on
Cardboard - Judd 9th Ed. Plate Coin JA1851-1
One of Two Known

This is a spectacular 1851 3¢ Obverse and Reverse Die Trial struck on cardboard.

This glaze-surfaced card is .35mm thick and measures 85mm wide by 50mm tall. It is clearly embossed with
lettering and design elements raised. After the dies struck the cardboard, a bronze-gold ink was applied to show
the high relief.

This die trial is featured in the Judd 9th Edition of United States Pattern Coins on page 296 as the Plate Coin
JA1851-1. There are two known examples, one in the Library Company of Philadelphia collection that includes a
March 24, 1851 letter from James Longacre to the Secretary of the Treasury stating that “It is the first impression
I have taken from the dies I have been preparing for the three cent piece ordered by congress.”

This example includes an August 17, 1857 letter from George F. Nesbitt, who was contracted to supply imprinted
postal stationery to the Post Office Department from 1853 until 1870. He was searching for a die that could be
used to emboss postal stationery. Longacre, who designed the three cent piece, supplied him with the proof that
had been produced in 1851. Nesbitt’s letter to Third Assistant Postmaster General:

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1869 Indian Cent
Struck on Silver Dime Planchet
PCGS AU 55
T his spectacular Indian Cent was struck on a Silver Dime blank planchet intended for the Seated Dime series.
It is also dated 1869, which is a rare date in the Indian Head Cent series. It is a unique Silver Indian Cent for
the date, and one of approximately ten known for all dates.

This is a famous Mint Error and its pedigree dates back to at least 1913.
It was originally in the Woodin Collection of Patterns, Die Trials and
Mint Errors and was subsequently listed in the Adams and Woodin
Reference Book, which was published in 1913. It was assigned AW#
825. It was subsequently sold to Brenner and was included in his
collection, which was exhibited at the American Numismatic Society
in 1914. It was then in the Olsen collection and has subsequently sold
and traded hands several times since then. It is also listed in Judd as a
mint error and has been recently featured on uspatterns.com.

It is a breathtaking and dramatic mint error because it is a SILVER


INDIAN CENT! It is well struck, which is unusual for Cents struck
on Dime Planchets. It has razor sharp detail including the word
Liberty, the feathers in the Indian’s headband and the diamonds by
the neck. It has a bright silvery appearance with beautiful cobalt and
red peripheral toning. Considering that it is unique for the date, is
over one hundred and thirty years old and is a true classic Major Mint
Error, this would be the centerpiece and highlight of a Major Mint
Error collection or an Indian Cent collection.

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1906-D $20 Liberty Gold
Broadstruck
NGC AU 58
A ll major errors on U.S. Gold coins are very scarce, especially on the larger denominations. Although it is
difficult to see the error since this coin is in the NGC holder, it is broadstruck out of the collar and does not
have any reeding.

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1860 $5 Reverse Hub Trial Struck in Copper
Judd # A1860-6 - NGC MS 64 Brown -Unique
Plate Coin Judd & Pollock
W hy a $5 pattern in 1860? According to Judd,
in 1860 the U.S. Treasury discovered that
counterfeiters had been sawing $10 gold pieces in half
FIVE. And finally, the punches used to produce both
this layout piece and the gold pattern are the same.

edgewise and replacing the center with platinum. At This unique reverse hub trial piece is pedigreed to
the time, platinum was worth less than half the value of the F.C.C.Boyd Collection, then in the Abe Kosoff
gold. These pieces were extremely hard to distinguish Collection and eventually was lot 1166 of the Abe
from the untampered coins, so an experiment was Kosoff Estate in the Bowers and Merena Auctions,
undertaken to produce a thinner and broader gold Nov. 4, 1985.
coin.
In addition to being the plate coin for all of the Judd
The U.S. Mint experiment culminated in the production and Pollock editions and having an extensive and
of a $5 gold pattern (Judd-271, Pollock-319) that was famous pedigree, it is also listed in uspatterns.com.
considerably thinner than a normal $5 gold piece and
had the diameter of a $10 gold piece (27mm). An Considering that there are several thousand different
interesting feature of this pattern is that an inverted A U.S. Patterns known and 272 Splashers known, there
was used in place of the V in FIVE in the legend FIVE are only 43 Hub Trials known for the entire U.S. Pattern
DOLLARS. series. This piece is unique.

Two of these pattern pieces are known in gold, and one


was recently put up for sale by Don Kagin for $145,000
(Coin World, August 25, 2003, p. 54). The 8th Edition
of Judd lists this Gold pattern as high as $250,000 and
the Copper pattern with the same design as high as
$10,000.

This piece, which is the plate coin in Judd and in


Pollock, is a reverse hub trial of the legends for Judd
#271. It is 31 mm in diameter and larger than a $10
gold piece (27mm). The letters are both incused and
reversed on the piece since this is an impression
from a hub. The legend reads “UNITED STATES
OF AMERICA FIVE DOLLERS”. The misspelling
of “dollar” presumably didn’t matter because layout
was the primary consideration. Also of note, the V in
FIVE is from an upside-down A punch, as on the gold
pattern.

The links between this piece and the $5 gold pattern


of 1860 are clear. Legends on both this and the gold
pattern have exactly the same diameter (23 mm), larger
than the total diameter of a normal $5 gold piece. No
other $5 patterns are as large as this. Both this piece
and the pattern utilize an upside-down A for a V in
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1999-P SBA Dollar
Reverse Die Cap
PCGS MS 65

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1980 Canadian TWO TAILED Cent


PCGS MS 64 Red - One of Two Known
This discovery coin was featured in a front page Coin World article.

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1871 3¢ Nickel
Struck on 1¢ Stock
NGC MS 62 Brown UNIQUE

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1872 $20 Liberty Head


Type II Obv Die
Two Known

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1988 $5 FRN
Unique Double Denomination Error
W/Authentication Letter from Fred Bart

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Canadian 1978 Cent


Multi Struck Over 1974 $10
Olympic Commemorative

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Proof Ike Dollar
Struck on a 2 Gram Aluminum Planchet
PCGS Proof 64 Cameo

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Unique Pair of Paquet


Die Trial Splashers White Metal
Andrew Johnson Indian Peace Medals

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1893-O $10 Liberty Gold
Broadstruck out of the Collar
PCGS AU 58

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Ike Dollar
Struck on a Dime Planchet
PCGS MS 64

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2000-P Sacagawea Dollar Struck on a SBA Dollar Planchet
PCGS MS 66
The discovery coin was featured in a front page Coin World article.

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UNIQUE 2000 Massachusetts Quarter


Struck on an Experimental Planchet
PCGS MS 65

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Chile 10 Pesos
Double Struck on Feeder Finger

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Double Struck French 5 Francs


Struck on Spoon!!

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2010 Coin Shows About Mike Byers

Mike Byers is the president of Byers Numismatic


Corp., a California corporation dealing in
numismatics and the largest dealer of the world’s
rarest mint errors. He specializes in U.S. and
World Major Mint Errors and Die Trials. He has
been a professional numismatist for over thirty
years and has handled major coin collections,
and attends every major coin convention. Byers
Numismatic Corp. carries an extensive inventory
as well as solicits want lists and is always looking
to purchase fresh inventory and collections.

In the last decade, Mike Byers has made more


discoveries of major mint errors both in the
United States and around the world than any
other dealer. He is now the largest dealer of the
world’s rarest mint errors. Mikebyers.com was
Visit Mike Byers at the following shows: launched in 1999 and today it is considered the
most widely viewed and informative mint error
web site. The website has over 600 pages filled
with articles, discoveries, breaking news and
thousands of images of the most spectacular
FUN Show
January
Orlando, Florida and dramatic major mint errors available on the
Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo
market today.
February Long Beach, California
Table #1041 Included in his premier inventory of U.S. and
March
Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention World major mint errors and die trials are many
Baltimore, Maryland discovery pieces which have been featured
Santa Clara Coin Expo on the front page of Coin World, the world’s
April
Santa Clara, California
#1 publication for coin collectors. Coin World
Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo published the following coins that Mike Byers
May Long Beach, California
Table #1041 discovered as front page articles:
ANA World’s Fair of Money Show
August 1999 State Quarters Struck on Experimental Planchets
Boston, Massachusettes Certified by PCGS
Long Beach Coin & Collectibles Expo
Transitional Sacagawea & SBA Dollars Certified by PCGS
September Long Beach, California
Table #1041 Martha Washington Cent Test Piece Certified by NGC
Santa Clara Coin Expo Canadian Cent Struck with Two Reverse Dies Certified by
November PCGS
Santa Clara, California
Baltimore Coin & Currency Convention 1910 Lincoln Cent Uniface Test Strike Certified by PCGS
November
Baltimore, Maryland Unique 1920 Buffalo Nickel Struck in Copper Certified by
NGC

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Other discoveries by Mike Byers that were also a charter member of NGC and a featured dealer/
featured in Coin World include: member of PCGS. He is a founder member
of the California Coin & Precious Metals
State Quarters & Other Denominations Struck on Feeder
Association. He is also a life member of the
Finger Tips Certified by PCGS & NGC
Additional Martha Washington Test Pieces in Several Central States Numismatic Society, the Florida
Different Denominations Certified by NGC United Numismatists and a member of ICTA. He
The Only Known State Quarter Dual Date, Dual State
is member A71 in the Certified Coin Exchange
Certified by ANACS
An Assortment of World Coins Struck with Either Two (CCE).
Obverse or Two Reverse Dies Certified by NGC & ANACS
In 2008, Mike Byers will be publishing his first
Additional discoveries by Mike Byers featured as book, Mint Error Guide. This book will bring
cover stories in different issues of Mint Error News the collector of mint errors up to date with the
Magazine include: latest information on new discoveries, new types
of errors and a collection of some of the most
Unique 1866 $2½ Struck on a 3 Cent Nickel Planchet
dramatic, unique and spectacular major mint
Certified by NGC
1804 $2½ Capped Bust Double Struck Certified by NGC errors and die trials from the United States and
1806 $5 Capped Bust Triple Struck Certified by PCGS around the world. It will also include an extensive
Canadian Cent Die Cap with Two Reverse Dies Certified by
price guide with accurate values for many types
PCGS
1971 ½ Pence Great Britain Struck with Two Obverse Dies of obsolete and modern errors.
Cu-Ni Certified by NGC
Unique Jefferson Nickel Die Trial by Di Francisci Certified by
When Mike Byers isn’t at coin conventions buying
PCGS
Unique Five Piece “Two Tailed” Euro Set Certified by ANACS and selling mint errors he is usually in his office
1989-D Lincoln Cent Transitional Double Struck on Bronze with customers or editing the next issue of his
Planchet Certified by ICG
magazine or catalog.
Unique 3¢ Nickel Struck on 1¢ Stock Certified by NGC

His other interests and hobbies include snow


In 2003, minterrornews.com was launched,
skiing, playing the piano, traveling in Europe
which was initially sponsored by Mike Byers and
and racing sports cars. Below is his latest set of
ANACS. Due to the popularity of mint errors
wheels, a Lamborghini Gallardo with 500 HP and
and the magazine it is now sponsored by Mike
a top speed of 192 MPH.
Byers and several other mint error dealers. It is a
website devoted to bringing the latest mint error
news and information to the collector. There are
now over 500 articles with features, discoveries,
news stories, and mint error related info from the
United States and around the World. This website
became so popular that a print version, Mint
Error News Magazine, was created and is read by
thousands of readers.

Mike Byers was a consultant to ANACS for Mint


Errors from 2000 to 2006. He is the sponsor of
minterrornews.com and the Publisher and Editor
of Mint Error News Magazine.

Mike Byers is a life member of ANA since 1985,

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Mike Byers
P.O. Box 5090, San Clemente, CA USA 92674
Office: 949-276-7072 • Fax: 949-276-7073
Fed Ex Address only: 1001 Avenida Pico #C 612, San Clemente, CA 92673
E-Mail: mike@mikebyers.com • Web Design: sam@mikebyers.com
Mike Byers, Professional Numismatist since 1978
Byers Numismatic Corp. A California Corporation Since 1980
Mike Byers is the Publisher & Editor of Mint Error News Magazine
Byers Numismatic Corp
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The Lar ge st Dea ler of the World’s R are st M i nt Er ror s


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U.S. & World Major Mint Errors • Die Trials • Numismatic Rarities

We are the largest dealer of the world’s rarest mint er rors.


We handle the f inest Major Mint Er rors, Die Trials,
Test Pieces, Numismatic Rarities, Cur rency Er rors and
Discoveries f rom the U.S. Mint and the BEP.
Our premier inventor y includes only the best, museum
quality, world class and exotic U.S. and World rarities.
Many of our purchases are immediately sold to our
customers and are never offered on our website or in our
catalog to be sold. Visit our Consignment Showcase to
browse the mint er rors we have on consignment. Send us
your want list, we may have just what you’re looking for.

Mike Byers
P.O. Box 5090, San Clemente, CA USA 92674
Office: 949-276-7072 • Fax: 949-276-7073
Fed Ex Address only: 1001 Avenida Pico #C 612, San Clemente, CA 92673
E-Mail: mike@mikebyers.com • Web Design: sam@mikebyers.com
Mike Byers, Professional Numismatist since 1978
Byers Numismatic Corp. A California Corporation Since 1980
Mike Byers is the Publisher & Editor of Mint Error News Magazine