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 Posted 03/04/2021  04:32 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Halerhon to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Sorry if this has been answered before. Tried searching.
If 1985 pennies in higher grades are pretty valuable. Wouldn't the mint set UNC coins bring that high of a MS grade, I.e. 68?
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 Posted 03/04/2021  04:51 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
to CCF. Not really. Some coins in mint sets already look circulated.
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 Posted 03/04/2021  07:40 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add ijn1944 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Uncirculated mint sets are assembled using coins which have been poured (yes, poured--in bulk) into containers (bags, etc.) for use by those who package the set. Lots of jostling and coin-to-coin contact. When one considers the journey freshly minted coins take after they are struck, it's no wonder they may have hits, dings, and scrapes before they get very far. Coins used in making the uncirculated sets are not lovingly carried one-by-one from the striking chamber to the set packaging room. Over the years I've had set coins appearing anywhere between weak MS60 to strong MS67--with the vast majority falling around MS64 or 64+.
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 Posted 03/04/2021  09:07 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add cladking to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
There are some very nice '85 cents in the mint sets. Most are MS-64 to MS-66. Gems are "common" for both mints.

A lot of mint sets now days have tarnished and corroded cents but even this isn't a particular problem for the '85 set.

The problem is that MS-67's get pretty elusive and MS-68's are rarely seen. You are looking in the right place though; most high grade modern circulation issues come from the mint sets since these coins are struck better with new dies and then some don't get scratched up too badly.
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 Posted 03/04/2021  10:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Ballyhoo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That was the year I graduated high school. My parents bought both the mint and proof set as a graduation gift, and yes I still have them. As to your question, the above sum things up quite accurately. Yet with the high number produced getting a higher MS grade is there with some diligent searching.
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