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Selected Favorite Coins from A.C. Dwyer's Type Collection

About the Coin

I am certainly not one who looks kindly on those marketers that have profited from 9/11 (i.e.National Collector's Mint WTC medallion). However, I do make an exception for the $1 Silver Eagles that were recovered from the rubble at ground zero of the World Trade Center.

The Iron Mountain Depository (the official depository of COMEX) was buried beneath the rubble at the World Trade Center. This coin was among those retrieved from the Iron Mountain vaults and transported by Brinks to PCGS (Professional Coin Grading Service) to be graded and authenticated as coins recovered from ground zero. Many of the coins were simply designated as Gem Uncirculated but this coin was given a grade of MS-69.

This silver eagle is a keepsake and painful reminder of the events of that day. It is a coin that I plan to keep. It is my connection to a day I will never forget . . . the faces and images that have been burned into my memory as though they happened just yesterday.

No, the fact that PCGS authenticated these coins as coming from ground zero was a good thing. It establishes their historical pedigree. It is not the same as those who profit from a cheap medallion whose reported "ground zero" gold adds up to a mere 39 cents, like that in the medallion mentioned above.

Designers: Adolph Weinman (obverse), John Mercanti (reverse)
Weight: 31.101 grams (net weight 1oz. pure silver)
Diameter: 40.6mm, reeded edge
Composition: 99.93% silver, 0.07% copper

2001 $1 Silver Eagle

WTC Ground Zero Recovery

2001 $1 Silver Eagle Obverse
2001 $1 Silver Eagle Reverse

The Arlington Collection of U.S. Type Coins