ThIS error, known as a die clash, occurs when the obverse and reverse dies come together without a planchet between them. This transfers design elements from one die to the other. These transferred designs are then visible on the coins struck by that die pair.As can be seen in the photos, the design transfer is much more noticeable on the obverse, where a great deal of detail from the eagle? feathers has been transferred. Even the ?UR” and ?US” in ? PLURIBUS UNUM” has been transferred from reverse to obverse. According to NGC researchers, this is the most severe example of clashed dies they have found on a U.S. bullion coin of any metal. This particular coin was graded NGC MS 69 and its label recognizes the Clashed Dies Mint Error.Interestingly, examples of the 2017 bullion eagle with slightly less severe clashing were discovered by an NGC grader last year in a single roll. However, this newly discovered example shows more dramatic clashing than the 2017 pieces do and is currently unique.
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