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 Posted 03/28/2012  10:53 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wquinn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Don't wait until the last minute, if you want to order one, though. Sometimes they take them off of their ordering list a few weeks or a couple of months before the end of the year.
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 Posted 03/28/2012  8:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wornslick to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I ordered the silver proof a few days ago, should be here soon. Nice looking coin.
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 Posted 03/28/2012  9:01 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Fuzzy317 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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I ordered the silver proof a few days ago, should be here soon. Nice looking coin.

Both the proof and uncir look good. Got mine a few days ago.





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 Posted 03/28/2012  9:44 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Fuzzy317: Your photographs really highlight how the techniques used to enhance the contrast between the "frosty" devices and "mirror-like" fields on today's proof coins definitely reduce the level of detail seen in the final product.

There is definitely more detail shown in the BU coin vs. Proof upon close inspection. The details in the depiction of Fort McHenry (obverse) are more vivid and the flag (reverse) appears to have more three-dimensional texture.

Thanks for the images!
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 Posted 03/28/2012  10:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add dave700x to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Based on the pictures posted I'll pass on the proof and just get the Unc. version. It's all about eye appeal for me no matter what. That proof looks like it was masked and bead blasted. A bit too much frost for me.
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 Posted 03/28/2012  10:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
personally I like the proof front better, but the flag on the uncir more.
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 Posted 03/29/2012  12:34 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add COMET to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I like both of them, was a little undecided when I was placing the order. But when they arrived they truly shined.
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 Posted 03/29/2012  11:58 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Fuzzy317: Your photographs really highlight how the techniques used to enhance the contrast between the "frosty" devices and "mirror-like" fields on today's proof coins definitely reduce the level of detail seen in the final product.
I think the sandblasting has been taken a bit too far.
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 Posted 03/31/2012  09:59 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Wornslick to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Both the proof and uncir look good. Got mine a few days ago.


My proof arrived Friday. Nice little box it came in, well done by the mint in my opinion.
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 Posted 04/06/2012  5:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add choob99 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Both of mine came of Tuesday and they both look fantastic, should get 70's for both from PCGS
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 Posted 04/11/2012  6:50 pm  Show Profile Check carmykle's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add carmykle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I don't think the coin's design serves as inspiration for our adulation of the pivotal moment in our history. I think, once again, the CCAD and CFA let us down. Unfortunately, I'm not a fan of either offering.

I still sing a pretty good rendition of the SSB though!

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 Posted 04/17/2012  7:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sfwusc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Is the gold coin 1/4 an oz or 1/10 an oz. It looks like it is 1/4, but $5 coin made me think 1/10 oz.
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 Posted 04/17/2012  7:59 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Modern US commemorative $5.00 gold coins (Half-Eagles) are struck to the same standard and specifications that were used when gold coins were struck for circulation. The gold bullion (i.e., American Eagle) coins use a different system for their denominations.

So, the SSB gold half-eagle is 0.900 gold with a net weight in pure gold of 0.242 ounces.

See the following link for more info:

http://www.usmint.gov/mint_programs...StarSpangled
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 Posted 04/17/2012  11:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add biggfredd to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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The gold bullion (i.e., American Eagle) coins use a different system for their denominations.

After banning importation of krands, the most popular fractional gold in the world, AGE were issued to the same specs (unlike any other US gold). This gave them a built-in inventory of bezels, holders, etc.

Once the AGE was firmly established, they lifted the ban.
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