One of the joys of Libertad collecting is that even if you have think you’ve seen it all, you haven’t. This month a 2015 two-ounce silver Proof Libertad with a “detached wing” designation from NGC sold for $799. You can clearly see the wing looks like it was detached from the winged angel’s body—and of course, anybody who has read Gabriel García Márquez knows that real angels have wings that are attached to their bodies. Take a look at your 2015 two-ounce silver Proofs—likely there are more out there.
As if hunting for set completion weren’t enough of a sport, there are even more varieties of Libertads that have popped up in the past few years.
- Doubled-die obverse bullion coins (usually 1987, but also 1982).
- Bullion coins lacking a dot in the fineness (1989).
- Bullion coins with 8 dots on the cactus pad under the eagle’s left claw (1991). Before 1991, only the Proof versions had 8 dots, but some of the bullion coins appeared with dot anomaly.
- Bullion coins with the O and Z in “onza” in uppercase letters (Type 2, 1991 variety)
- Proof coins with die errors (examples here and here)
- Bullion coins with partial-collar error strikes (at least 1 known)
We are all looking forward to the 2017 releases of the winged angels. Until then: be on the look-out for varieties! ❑