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Kennedy half dollar - anyone ever see this before?  
 

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 Posted 02/13/2018  4:56 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Topekaguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
All,

Check out this half dollar, albeit I am new to this, I have not come across this before. Would love to hear everyone's thoughts.

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 Posted 02/13/2018  5:08 pm  Show Profile   Check silverwolf's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverwolf to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It is called a pocket piece, it has spent, lot's of time in one's pocket.
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 Posted 02/13/2018  5:23 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add moxking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That doesn't appear to be typical circulation rub.

I'm not a Kennedy collector, so hopefully someone can comment on the likelihood that such wear is consistent with circulation of any variety.
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 Posted 02/13/2018  5:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I doubt it is from normal circulation, but from being a pocket piece.
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 Posted 02/13/2018  5:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Topekaguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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 Posted 02/13/2018  5:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There’s graded lowball kennediys on eBay. That looks like someone tried to create a lowball, doesn’t really look like a pocket piece.
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 Posted 02/13/2018  6:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Must agree.
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 Posted 02/13/2018  6:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ace_ftw to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I do agree that there seems to be odd wearing of this coin, kennedy is too prominent compared to the wear of the legends, or even of the eagle on the other side. I cannot discount the pocket piece theory, however another would be possible grease filled dies.

or perhaps someone " manufactured" the wear.

For a 1997 coin this is not normal circulation wear for sure.
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 Posted 02/13/2018  8:49 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jpsned to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A copper-nickel coin does not erode this much, especially one this young (only 21 years old). If it were silver, yes, but not copper-nickel.

I can't figure out how this happened, other than someone trying to create a bizarre-looking coin with unusual implements.
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 Posted 02/13/2018  9:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CelticKnot to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The surfaces appear to be pitted... some time in a sandblasting chamber perhaps?
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 Posted 02/13/2018  10:51 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Topekaguy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
All,

This is really intriguing, I took the liberty of taking a couple of new photos using an inversion technique that will show a bit more detail. I am really interested in finding out what this is.

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 Posted 02/14/2018  12:30 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add kbbpll to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Looks deliberately worn (tumbler maybe?) and then tooled. Somebody's experiment. On a side note, I have trouble believing there are any Kennedy lowballs that aren't artificial.
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 Posted 02/14/2018  12:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add basebal21 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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On a side note, I have trouble believing there are any Kennedy lowballs that aren't artificial.


Most were pocket pieces, or some of the wear was from being one which is fine.
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 Posted 02/14/2018  7:42 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BStrauss3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The problem with it being a pocket piece is we forget how hard the Copper-Nickel alloy of clad coins is. It takes a long, long time to wear down - even most 1965 quarters, which have been in circulation for over 50 years aren't that worn.
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 Posted 02/14/2018  8:10 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add SilverDollar2017 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
It looks like a pocket piece to me.


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The problem with it being a pocket piece is we forget how hard the Copper-Nickel alloy of clad coins is. It takes a long, long time to wear down - even most 1965 quarters, which have been in circulation for over 50 years aren't that worn.


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