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Spotting A Circulated Proof

 
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 Posted 01/21/2021  02:03 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Reedbeard08 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
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Perhaps this has been asked before, or belongs in a different spot - let me know, please.

I have a Susan B. Anthony and a couple Kennedy halves that look significantly different than any others. In particular, features look more satin and defined, and the metal is more frosty. I also believe I have spotted oddities like this in coin roll hunting. Are there telltale signs to spot NIFCs which have entered the mainstream? Thanks, folks :)
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 Posted 01/21/2021  04:36 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to CCF. Please post photos. Those of us who have been in hobby for awhile can spot an impaired proof pretty quickly.
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 Posted 01/21/2021  05:06 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
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Once you've seen a circulated proof (also known as an impaired proof) you'll instantly know the difference. Frosty surfaces, bolder legends and rims. They truly stand out, even in well circulated states such as XF.
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It's like looking at a proof coin that is slightly scratched or maybe a small hit or two . Also might loose some of it's proof-like cameo or proof mirror fields . Like said above , you'll know when you see them .
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 Posted 01/21/2021  09:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pics please!



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Glad to get a lot of enthused potential viewers. Pictures will be forthcoming once things are a bit more organized and I'm feeling comfortable with image creation and uploading. Thanks in advance and stay tuned :)

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 Posted 01/22/2021  10:11 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
For starters they have to be S mint coins (except the 1999 P proof SBA). There are no S mint circulation strike Kennedys. There are S mint circulation strike SBA's, and 1999 P SBA's. There are no P or D proof coins in those series except the 1999 P SBA.
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Here are some of the proofs in question. Couple of considerations:

Photographing shiny in shiny is difficult - any suggestions appreciated!
Eisenhowers are mislabeled - all D mintages are S. Sorry for confusion.
Interested in any potential valuation impact of proof impairment (looking at SBA circulated, or generally if one can address it.

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For starters they have to be S mint coins (except the 1999 P proof SBA). There are no S mint circulation strike Kennedys. There are S mint circulation strike SBA's, and 1999 P SBA's. There are no P or D proof coins in those series except the 1999 P SBA

Just backing you up with some more exceptions : 1968-1974-S Lincolns ,1968-1974-S Jefferson's .
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 Posted 01/23/2021  12:58 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add captaincoffee to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Well, some of those are easy to confirm purely by mintmark. The 1981P SBA is not a proof. All the S mintmark Kennedys are proofs. If the 1972 Ike is not an S mintmark, then it is not a proof.
As for the others, the mylar makes it hard to see the surfaces, especially the S mintmark Ikes. I don't see anything suggesting the 1999 SBA is proof-like, but maybe the picture doesn't show what you are seeing.
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 Posted 01/24/2021  8:00 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add EagleEric to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have found 3 proof dimes from circulation (90s dates) by looking at a stack from the side; they were all slightly thicker than the normal dimes. This might hold true for other denominations, haven't found any yet. Sometimes I do find a random thick dime that isn't proof and it's a bit of a let-down :D
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 Posted 01/24/2021  11:07 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MrPink2018 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i agree with the ppl who've posted re: spotting a circulated proof coin. I've found a couple before and indeed they do jump out at you. I dumped a small fishbowl full of coins onto a table (for searching thru) and a 1971-S proof Washington quarter stood out, and glaringly so. they are pretty easy to see. of course I realize the extent of a coin's impairment could affect the eye's ability to spot it, but the quarter I found wasn't so badly impaired (circulation wear) that it was 'disguised' by the wear.
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 Posted 01/25/2021  12:35 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Reedbeard08 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks to all who have shared stories, tips, and views of my coins :) Definitely just picked out 3 '55 proof dimes from a fat stack of normies; feeling pretty jazzed to be getting some numismatic eyes

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Just backing you up with some more exceptions : 1968-1974-S Lincolns ,1968-1974-S Jefferson's

Correct on the cents wrong on the nickels, the circulation S mint nickels were 68, 69 and 70. After 70 S nickels were proof only. I didn't mention those earlier because he was specifically asking about Kennedy's and SBA's.
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