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LEVEL: Year, MintMark, & Major Variety

2007-W $50 Statue of Liberty Frosted FREEDOM, DC (Proof)

PCGS #:
506625
Diameter:
27.00 millimeters
Designer:
John M. Mercanti
Weight:
15.56 grams
Edge:
Reeded
Mintage:
21
Metal Content:
Platinum

Ron Guth: Normal examples of the 2007-W platinum coins show the word FREEDOM (on the reverse) as polished, brilliant letters in contrast with the frosted, unpolished ribbon.  In February 2011, a collector, Jason Fishman, reported finding an example of the $100 denomination with frosted, unpolished letters.  The Mint confirmed the existence of this variety, claiming it was a pre-production piece "...inadvertently placed in the production stream during preparation for an internal audit."  According to the Mint, the following numbers of frosted FREEDOM coins were released:

$100 - 12
$50 - 21
$25 - 21
$10 - None

As of March 7, 2011, no example of the Frosted FREEDOM $50 Platinum Eagle has been discovered.

Sources and/or recommended reading:
Martin, Eric. "Mint Wrongly Releases Pre-Production Coins", Coin World 52, no. 2655 (February 28, 2011), 1 and 38.