Are the 2020-P ASE's physically distinguishable from the regular West Point minted bullion coins?
First of all, I'm not here to comment on the recent hype of the 2020-P American Silver Eagle emergency issue whether or not it's worth the investment. Just wanted to share a recent finding that's rather interesting. The consensus currently is that there's no way to tell them apart from the regular WP minted bullion coins, because there are no mint marks on the 2020-P coins minted at the Philadelphia mint. The only way to make a distinction is through the monster boxes sent to the grading companies, and you would have to trust the slabs they put on them. But wait, is it really the case though?
I actually believe there’s a way to physically distinguish those emergency production coins. Might be something to do with the die setting at the Philadelphia mint, but the obverse and reverse are not perfectly straight/aligned. For the Philadelphia minted coins, and I’ve tried multiple of them, if you run a ruler along the horizontal line above the date 2020 on the obverse and flip it over vertically, the eagle is not at a perfect “12 o’clock” position perpendicular to the ruler. It is tilted slightly to the left at a very noticeable, almost 10 to 15 degree angle. This does not happen to the regular 2020 bullion ASE’s or the 2020-W proofs minted at West Point. Not sure if my sample size is sufficient to draw this conclusion, so would highly appreciate everyone's thoughts and observations.