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uthminsta
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USA
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Posted - 03/15/2010 :  14:55:19  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
I was thinking it would be fun to track proofs. All denominations (besides halves) in one thread. Do you think it would happen seldom enough overall that it would be easily tracked? Just thinking. Any opinions?

EDIT: Here's what I came up with after some quick info gathering:

PROOFS FOUND AND REPORTED ON THIS THREAD

CENTS
1961 country - oldest proof found!
1969 roadrunner
1976 preservingthepast
1981 chris6084, preservingthepast
1982 roadrunner

NICKELS
1964 shattered
1971 preservingthepast
1975 chris6084
1976 zyll
1980 dumpsterdiver
1981 roadrunner
1982 zigmeister
1985 shattered
1990 preservingthepast
1997 dakota1955
2004 rakattack (keelboat)
2005 zigmeister x3 (all pacific)

DIMES
1992 chris6084
2007 jefferson

QUARTERS
2004 dumpsterdiver (iowa silver)

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DOLLARS
1980 totalcount

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Country
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Posted - 03/16/2010 :  20:39:37  Show Profile Send Country a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by uthminsta

I was thinking it would be fun to track proofs. All denominations in one thread. We certainly search enough halves that it would be worth doing. But do you think it would happen seldom enough overall that it would be easily tracked? Just thinking. Any opinions?



I'm already tracking the Half Dollar proofs in the *Official 2010 Half Dollars and Other Coins threads. If someone wants to step up and add what proofs our Copper and Nickel searchers are finding, please do so. Here's a listing of the Half Dollar proof that have been found so far in 2010:

540 Clad Proofs
---122 Proofs-1971S
---11 Proofs-1972S
---8 Proofs-1973S
---9 Proofs-1974S
---29 Proofs-1976S
---11 Proofs-1977S
---12 Proofs-1978S
---14 Proofs-1979S
---20 Proofs-1980S
---18 Proofs-1981S
---8 Proofs-1982S
---6 Proofs-1983S
---14 Proofs-1984S
---7 Proofs-1985S
---4 Proofs-1986S
---18 Proofs-1987S
---14 Proofs-1988S
---15 Proofs-1989S
---21 Proofs-1990S
---10 Proofs-1991S
---19 Proofs-1992S
---10 Proofs-1993S
---11 Proofs-1994S
---10 Proofs-1995S
---11 Proofs-1996S
---5 Proofs-1997S
---7 Proofs-1998S
---10 Proofs-1999S
---11 Proofs-2000S
---6 Proofs-2001S
---10 Proofs-2002S
---9 Proofs-2003S
---3 Proofs-2004S
---8 Proofs-2005S
---2 Proofs-2006S
---5 Proofs-2007S
---7 Proofs-2008S
---5 Proofs-2009S
---0 Proofs-2010S
---28 Proofs-unspecified dates
27 Silver Proofs
---1 US-Franklins
---0 US-Kennedys-64
---19 US-Kennedys-40%
---7 US-Kennedys-92+

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garnede
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USA
386 Posts

Posted - 03/27/2010 :  01:42:39  Show Profile Send garnede a Private Message
Do proof commemorative coins count as a proof?
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Country
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USA
3121 Posts

Posted - 03/27/2010 :  08:33:10  Show Profile Send Country a Private Message
They count as a commemorative half found.

I put the commemorative halves into just two classes: SILVER and Clads. Since there have been only a few commemoratives halves found, I did not break these classes down further.

This year two Booker T. Washington and one 1926 Sesquientennial of the American Independence SILVER commemoratives have been found. Eight 1986 Statue of Liberty (some were proofs), one 1995 Atlanta Olympics, and one Civil War clad commemorative half have been found.

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Zyll
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USA
214 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2010 :  11:16:26  Show Profile Send Zyll a Private Message
I found a proof nickel yesterday, a 1976-S. Does that count?
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uthminsta
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USA
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Posted - 04/15/2010 :  11:36:02  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
sure! very cool.
i was thinking it would be interesting to see how often they make it into circulation. i posted that thought a month ago now, and as you can see, there has been very little response. i'm thinking that means either...
A) there just aren't very many proofs being found besides the plentiful halves on Country's thread, or
B) people haven't had the interest to report them when found.

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dakota1955
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Posted - 04/15/2010 :  12:06:25  Show Profile  Send dakota1955 a Yahoo! Message Send dakota1955 a Private Message
The only proof I found this year was a 97-s nickel.
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Zyll
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USA
214 Posts

Posted - 04/15/2010 :  15:02:22  Show Profile Send Zyll a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by uthminsta

sure! very cool.
i was thinking it would be interesting to see how often they make it into circulation. i posted that thought a month ago now, and as you can see, there has been very little response. i'm thinking that means either...
A) there just aren't very many proofs being found besides the plentiful halves on Country's thread, or
B) people haven't had the interest to report them when found.


C) I'm willing to bet that most of us on this forum don't hand-sort enough volume to catch the subtle differences that a circulated zinc proof penny would provide. The nickel only caught my eye because of its high relief, and I was checking dates for wartime nicks.

Now what I'm curious about is if we'll find the "uncirculated" coins the mint is putting out now that have the "satin finish" (P and D mints 2005-present). I say this because the HSN coin hawkers were selling "full sets" of 2009 lincolns by breaking up these uncirculated sets.
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ZigMeister
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USA
229 Posts

Posted - 04/20/2010 :  20:38:50  Show Profile Send ZigMeister a Private Message
2005S Proof Nickel - Pacific (my 1st proof nickel)

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Country
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USA
3121 Posts

Posted - 04/20/2010 :  20:49:57  Show Profile Send Country a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Zyll

quote:
Originally posted by uthminsta

sure! very cool.
i was thinking it would be interesting to see how often they make it into circulation. i posted that thought a month ago now, and as you can see, there has been very little response. i'm thinking that means either...
A) there just aren't very many proofs being found besides the plentiful halves on Country's thread, or
B) people haven't had the interest to report them when found.


C) I'm willing to bet that most of us on this forum don't hand-sort enough volume to catch the subtle differences that a circulated zinc proof penny would provide. The nickel only caught my eye because of its high relief, and I was checking dates for wartime nicks.

Now what I'm curious about is if we'll find the "uncirculated" coins the mint is putting out now that have the "satin finish" (P and D mints 2005-present). I say this because the HSN coin hawkers were selling "full sets" of 2009 lincolns by breaking up these uncirculated sets.




I've found a few 2007, 2008, and 2009 clad half dollars with the Satin Finish while searching for SILVER. Others have too.

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totalcount
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USA
77 Posts

Posted - 04/20/2010 :  22:21:51  Show Profile Send totalcount a Private Message
I got a 1980 S SBA dollar in a CWR a few weeks ago.
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PreservingThePast
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USA
1572 Posts

Posted - 05/13/2010 :  08:47:17  Show Profile Send PreservingThePast a Private Message
Found a 1990S proof nickel (MY FIRST PROOF!!!) and then found a 1971S proof nickel. These were both found earlier this week.

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Roadrunner
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USA
413 Posts

Posted - 05/13/2010 :  12:46:48  Show Profile Send Roadrunner a Private Message
I've found 1981 S and 1990 S proof halves as well as 1969 S and 1982 S proof pennies.
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rainsonme
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USA
183 Posts

Posted - 05/14/2010 :  01:50:09  Show Profile Send rainsonme a Private Message
I have a very large number of clad proof halfs. Over 100. Any idea what I can do with them? Some are in very good condition, and some show the wear of circulation. Is there a market for these? Is someone buying them?
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PreservingThePast
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USA
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Posted - 05/20/2010 :  08:42:15  Show Profile Send PreservingThePast a Private Message
I found a 1976 S penny the other day. The only way to tell it was a proof was by the "S". It had certainly lost the characteristic beauty of a proof coin.

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PreservingThePast
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USA
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Posted - 05/20/2010 :  08:46:20  Show Profile Send PreservingThePast a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Roadrunner

I've found 1981 S and 1990 S proof halves as well as 1969 S and 1982 S proof pennies.



I find a lot of 1969 S pennies, but I don't think any of mine have been a proof coin, probably just the regular business strike coin for circulation. None of them had that proof look to the coin, so I just assume that they aren't proofs. Cool that you found a proof one!

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ZigMeister
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USA
229 Posts

Posted - 05/24/2010 :  08:29:32  Show Profile Send ZigMeister a Private Message
Found a 1982S Proof Nickel in a $100 Brink's box
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Roadrunner
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USA
413 Posts

Posted - 05/24/2010 :  09:17:34  Show Profile Send Roadrunner a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by PreservingThePast

quote:
Originally posted by Roadrunner

I've found 1981 S and 1990 S proof halves as well as 1969 S and 1982 S proof pennies.



I find a lot of 1969 S pennies, but I don't think any of mine have been a proof coin, probably just the regular business strike coin for circulation. None of them had that proof look to the coin, so I just assume that they aren't proofs. Cool that you found a proof one!

Enjoy your coin searches, everyone.



Yeah at first I thought it was just a good condition 69-s because I find those all the time but I looked at it closer and compared it to another and it was quite obvious that it was a proof.
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Roadrunner
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USA
413 Posts

Posted - 05/27/2010 :  22:39:59  Show Profile Send Roadrunner a Private Message
Yes! This just in! 5 CWR rolls of half dollars produced 2 1974 proofs and a 1976 proof and a 1978!!!!!!
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rainsonme
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USA
183 Posts

Posted - 05/31/2010 :  12:37:48  Show Profile Send rainsonme a Private Message
How can so many proof half dollars be in circulation? Someone paid a premium for these; they were in cases or protective wrappers. How can so many of them be in circulation? Does the mint dump the excess into circulation, or were these defective (damaged) proofs to begin with?
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uthminsta
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USA
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Posted - 05/31/2010 :  20:09:54  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
Hey, that's a possibility I never considered! They may be imperfect strike proofs! My other thought had been that when people have proof sets that they received as gifts, they are more likely to spend the halves simply because they add up faster. They need a few bucks for a pack of ciggs, so they break open that set they got from their aunt 12 years ago, and grab the half and quarter... MAYBE the dime and nickel...
Also, it seems like at this site we sort pennies and halves waaaay more than anything else. It's possible that there are more impaired proof pennies sorted, but they aren't really "found" because they get thrown back by the Ryedale sorters, and if they are found by a hand sorter, they may not be noticeably different. Here's why: pennies circulate fast and often. Halves don't. So a proof penny in circulation for a year probably looks - at first glance - like a normal penny. A proof half in circulation for a year probably still looks like a proof half! So... think about how long we hand sorters actually look at a penny in order to decide if we're going to keep it or not. Some people aren't even looking at the obverse, so they wouldn't see that it has an S mint mark; they just see that it's obviously zinc and toss it.
Just thinking.

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uthminsta
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USA
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Posted - 06/02/2010 :  13:35:25  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
EDIT: I hadn't really thought about how many people had replied to this thread since the question was brought up. After some quick info gathering, I've posted a list in the top post of this thread.

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Edited by - uthminsta on 06/03/2010 16:09:56
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Roadrunner
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USA
413 Posts

Posted - 06/02/2010 :  13:43:13  Show Profile Send Roadrunner a Private Message
About a week ago I found an '81-S nickel proof.
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uthminsta
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USA
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Posted - 06/03/2010 :  16:11:49  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
Anyone else find a proof coin this year? Anything BESIDES halves, as halves are very well tracked over on Country's thread here: You must be logged in to see this link.

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Edited by - uthminsta on 06/03/2010 18:40:12
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uthminsta
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USA
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Posted - 06/03/2010 :  18:41:20  Show Profile Send uthminsta a Private Message
Found out from Country's half dollar tracking thread that Dumpster Diver found a 2004 Iowa 90% silver proof quarter back in February... added it to the first post.

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Country
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USA
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Posted - 06/03/2010 :  18:48:34  Show Profile Send Country a Private Message
I bought a $100 lot of coppers from JobIII a few weeks ago. As I was sorting the lot for 1982's and Ugly Abes, I found a proof 1961 penny, somewhat circulated, but it's got some luster and definitely has the high relief that all proofs do.

Thanks for doing this thread.


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Edited by - Country on 06/04/2010 11:26:53
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