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1972 Proof Set With Fingerprint

 
 
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 Posted 11/29/2018  07:31 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add CryptoQueen to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hello all. I'm new here so I hope I'm posting in the correct forum. I have a 1972 proof set, bought by a very credible seller with a good reputation, but the penny clearly has a fingerprint on the obverse. The casing doesn't appear to be tampered with at all. Can anybody help in making sense of this?

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 Posted 11/29/2018  08:00 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add just carl to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

Appears to be some sort of damage, not a finger print. Regardless, you should take it back to where you bought it if possible.
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 Posted 11/29/2018  09:58 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Some mint worker used his finger to press an improperly seated cent into the holder. It happened. The set hasn't been tampered with. Surprise, not every coin in a proof set is perfect. And back then I don't believe you could return/exchange sets.

If you don't like the set, and you can, send the set back to the seller.
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 Posted 11/29/2018  10:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add oriole to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
At least with the fingerprint you can identify the culprit...
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 Posted 11/29/2018  10:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to the Community!

Agreed, it could be a fingerprint from a careless mint employee. Not the first time I have seen this in an early modern proof set.
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 Posted 11/29/2018  2:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add IndianGoldEagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Not much you can do about it either.
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 Posted 11/29/2018  6:22 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Mark1959 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well if you can't return it and really want a 72 proof set no big deal - they sell for around 6$ - just get a new one and crack the good proof coins out of your set and put in 2x2's
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 Posted 11/29/2018  6:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jimbucks to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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crack the good proof coins out of your set and put in 2x2's

Or spend them.
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 Posted 11/29/2018  7:04 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Debrajc to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
and with jbuck.

Careless mint employees....
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 Posted 12/01/2018  8:32 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add CryptoQueen to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thank you all for your opinions and suggestions, I'll probably just get another and put this one up til I decide on what to do with it
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