2000 P Sacagawea Dollar

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There were no less than 767,140,000 2000-P Sacagawea gold dollars minted in 2000. At the time, that was about 3 coins for every American. It goes without saying that a mintage that large doesn’t leave any room for these coins to ever really be rare. Loose 2000-P Sacagawea coins are still just worth a dollar. A 2000-P Sacagawea dollar or Type l (no rim) planchet which is literally blank is worth $500. Another 2000-P Sacagawea dollar struck with 30 percent off center usually costs $3,500. A 2000-P dollar struck 25 percent off center on a 30 percent straight off clip is worth $1,750. A 30 percent clipped planchet of a 2000-P Sacagawea dollar costs $300.


Image © Ken Potter 2005 / Coin courtesy of Gary Burger

Q: Eric L., posed a question about the so-called “Wounded Eagle,” 2000-P Sacagawea dollar. He says: “I bought about 200 rolls of the new [2000-P] Sacagawea coins from my local WalMart during their promotion [that year] in a search to find a “wounded-eagle” that matched the snake-like pattern of a photo I spotted online somewhere. I turned a few hundred with “spears” back into the bank looking for a wounded eagle … is there any reference photos on the types of “wounds” that can be certified as “wounded eagles.”

A: these are not a “wound” nor are they a “spear” but rather a die gouge that runs through the body of the eagle just below the breast. There is only one die gouge variety that I know of that is “officially” recognized by the authors of the Cherrypickers’ Guide To Rare Die Varieties, Bill Fivaz and J.T. Stanton. They refer to it as “Reverse Die Aberrations” and make a special note that “some collectors have nicknamed this the ‘speared eagle’.” In actuality, “wounded eagle” was and continues to be the far more popular nickname. It is frequently certified by some of the grading companies as a “wounded eagle.”

Many in the organized error-variety hobby are against the use of nicknames such as either cited here and prefer to see them referred to simply as “die gouges” (or perhaps the closely related “die dents” which this may actually be) or at the very least as something like “Wounded Eagle–Die Gouge.” Whatever your position, there is no question that this one is unusual and kind of neat! I own one that fellow Michigander, Gary Burger gave me and I enjoy looking at it on the rare occasions that I get a change to look at any of my own coins 🙂

2000 P Sacagawea Dollar

—Ken Potter

Best poker app. Definition: Ejection Impact Doubling (EID) is a unique form of post-strike design transfer that is restricted to Sacagawea dollars produced in the year 2000. All but one specimen is from the Philadelphia Mint. Many different die pairs are represented.

Affected dollars show scattered design elements on the areas of highest relief on the obverse face. The most iconic feature is a disembodied iris and pupil from Sacagawea’s right eye (the left eye from her perspective). The “extra eye” is most often seen between Sacagawea’s eyebrows and along the bridge of her nose. It has, however, turned up in other areas.

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2000 P Sacagawea Dollar With No Manganese Mint

The design transfer evidently takes place while the hammer (obverse) die is retracting from the surface of the newly-struck coin. The coin is violently propelled into the die face by unknown means. It may be that a novel mechanism for forcefully ejecting the coin from the collar is responsible.

Ejection impact doubling is not related to, and should not be confused with, any form of machine doubling.

The 2000-P Sacagawea dollar seen at left shows an extra right iris and pupil between Sacagawea’s eyebrows. Another specimen, on the right, shows the “extra eye” well down along her nose. This eye is rotated more than 90 degrees counterclockwise relative to its normal counterpart.

2000 P Sacagawea Dollar Cheerios Reverse

Another 2000-P Sacagawea dollar (left) shows the extra right eye located on Sacagawea’s left cheek, below the normal left eye. The final specimen (right) shows an indentation in Sacagawea’s nose, also caused by post-strike die contact.