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Are these 1952 & 1953 real proof sets?

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 Posted 03/11/2012  1:08 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Larryh86GT to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

I'm not very familiar with proof sets and was wondering if these 1952 and 1953 proof sets being offered here were actual proof sets from the mint or something else?
The asking price seems high too?


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 Posted 03/11/2012  1:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Those are not put out by the mint like that. They were put together by someone out side the mint. I think the '52 cane in a cardboard box from the mint.
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 Posted 03/11/2012  1:59 pm  Show Profile Check Foxwoods Man's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Foxwoods Man to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The original Mint packaging was pretty bad. It was a plain old square cardboard box that contained the coins each in individual plastic wraps. This dude spiffed it up a bit with flips and typed item names.
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 Posted 03/11/2012  2:00 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add cc99999 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My concern with that private packaging is that it appears to be PVC- so there's no telling what is going on with the coins. If you have a thousand dollars and want the proof sets- or can negotiate a price for them with the seller- be sure to get a return priveledge. There's not much value in having the sets in OGP- as the OGP is likely to be in pretty bad shape by now (pristine proofs sets in well preserved packaging is another matter)- so having them in another holder isn't a bad thing, on its face.
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 Posted 03/11/2012  2:09 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add fioti to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
About 15 yrs. ago my dad bought the exact sets. I think he paid 400. or so then. That's a good starting point if it were PDS mint sets. I'd say at least 150. too high, but I dont do proofs.
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 Posted 03/11/2012  2:29 pm  Show Profile Check Foxwoods Man's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add Foxwoods Man to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I forgot to add:

Yes, the price is way too high...they go for mid to high $200's each
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 Posted 03/13/2012  3:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add clairhardesty to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There are lots of reasons to shy away from that offering on eBay. Not only is the price way too high and it does look like the coins are in soft plastic (PVC), the only pic with decent focus if the half and it does not look too great. You can't tell anything about the condition of the other coins and since they have clearly been removed from their original mint packaging you can't tell if the coins all came from a single mint set or were cobbled together. If you are going to pay what the older sets really cost, get original mint packaging or at least buy from a truly reputable dealer. At least back to 1950, sets in OGP still exist at fairy reasonable prices (compared to sets that have been removed from the OGP).
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 Posted 03/13/2012  4:27 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add upstate to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Most of the time you should have proofs in hand to purchase, they require close examination to see flaws and to make sure they are truly proof coins. Price is to high anyway, their worth about half that at best.
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 Posted 03/13/2012  7:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add M0nks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i wouldnt touch it besides being highly off with the prices I dont do anything but OGP
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