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100 Greatest Modern U.S. Coins Series: 1972 Eisenhower Dollar, Variety 2

The last entry we talked about, the 2000 Sacagawea Dollar/Washington Quarter Mule, focused on the idea that error coins are rare in the numismatic business. However, we also focused on the difference between naturally occurring errors and man made ones, noting that their importance can sometimes be tied to the event. Our next entry focuses on the idea of an error but relinquishes the meaning because the “tinkering” that ensued to test out the production of circulation strikes.

This next top 100 entry focuses on a coin from 1972 that ended up with not one, but three different varieties. With authors Scott Schechter and Jeff Garrett at the wheel of this fourth edition Whitman Publishing series, we will take a look at the so-called Variety 2 and how the direct involvement of its striking created one of the most important modern coins to date.

#21 - 1972 Eisenhower Dollar, Variety 2

This modern coin example is a true testament to the United States Mint’s trial and error process in order to more