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 Posted 01/09/2017  12:37 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
PR62 was my first thought, guess I'll stick with it then.
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 Posted 01/09/2017  04:17 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jaobler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Sure looks like it has some wear, particularly on the reverse stars. Hard to see the lack of star radials as strike weakness considering the OP stated it is a proof. Obverse marks look like fingerprints and there are ticks and scratches that can't all be attributed to die polish. Fields don't have much in the way of original mirror surface.

I'd go with PF-53.
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 Posted 01/09/2017  9:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BStrauss3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The answer is PF50, yes 50...

Yes, it will be very interesting to have it in-hand and take my own photos... and figure out why the heck they called it a proof instead of XF details.

I'm guessing in part that it's just a percentage game - out of a mintage of 1,000 business strikes the estimated survival (all grades) is 100. But out of a proof mintage of 950, the estimated survival (all grades) is 650.

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 Posted 01/11/2017  02:13 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Jaobler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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why the heck they called it a proof instead of XF details.


Expert graders can usually find the die markers that allow one to distinguish between a proof and business strike. This piece presumably has been positively identified as a proof by NGC. It has seen circulation but is not cleaned or significantly damaged so it warrants a no-problem numerical grade consistent with the level of wear.
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 Posted 01/11/2017  05:27 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add BStrauss3 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Flynn and Zack don't have records of how many dies were used but they do report the same die used for. Otherwise (I think has a distinctive RPD).

With the mintage of just 1,000 business strikes + 950 proofs it's likely there was just the one else pair.

With estimated survival of 100 business strikes and 650 proofs, the odds are any random coin is a proof. The proof (pardon the pun) would be in the artifacts like squared off rims from using the press in the medal room.
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 Posted 01/11/2017  4:56 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add billjones to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My guess would be PR-50. I don't think that PCGS would have graded it with that punch mark on the star.
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