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What To Do With Sub-Par Uncirculated And Proof Coins

 
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 Posted 06/03/2020  08:03 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Hidalgo to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I recently purchased a set of what was advertised as "uncirculated and proof" Lincoln Memorial cents. When I received the set, the coins overall, were eye-appealing. However, on closer inspection, many of the proof Lincolns had fingerprints on them and some of the uncirculated cents were brownish in tone.

I have been purchasing replacements because I want a set that I can treasure for years. I am wondering what I should do with the cents I no longer want. Would there be anyone who would want to buy these coins? Should I release them into circulation? Any recommendations?
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 Posted 06/03/2020  08:18 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add hfjacinto to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
This is what I do (with pictures).

For all my coins I put the best in an album.



If I have enough to start another, I will put them in a folder.



If I don't have enough but its a set that I would like to complete I store them in 2 by 2, but only the 2nd best.



Anything (i guess the 3rds of each coin) that is not in the Album, folder or in a 2 by 2, I give them away, sell them or spend them.

This is what I do, many people hoard all the coins, but I don't need more than 2 sets of each coin (well I only need 1 set, but some coins I like more than others).
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 Posted 06/03/2020  12:48 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Should I release them into circulation?


Yes this. Let your extras spark someone else's interest in the hobby.
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 Posted 06/03/2020  1:13 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bd251 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I had some similar problem proofs I got in a lot a few years ago and ended up releasing them into circulation. I figured someone would enjoy finding them. I know I would be excited to find a proof in my change even if it was beat up.

Also, lustrous brown copper is beautiful!
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 Posted 06/03/2020  1:31 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add bzookaj to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Donate to a coin club to raffle/give away for kids.
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 Posted 06/03/2020  9:52 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add mikem007 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I was stuffing them into the walls of my house for somebody else to find 100 years from now. However, in the recent two years I spend them. I've had several cashiers remark on how new my coins look. I'm sure somebody will enjoy finding them.
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