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  1. #1
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    Apr 2010
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    1968 Half Dollar with copper edge (PICS ADDED!!)

    Today I stopped at my savings account bank and withdrew $250 so I could open an account with TD bank so I will not have to pay a 6% fee to use their penny arcade. I asked for half dollars as well before I left. She pulled out 10 of them and I gave her $5. As soon as I got them I checked the edges. NOTHING. Upon later inspection... I read the dates. 1 of them was a 1968. Hmm. I thought all silver halves had silver edges (meaning you didn't see the copper ring). I did the drop test and I am pretty sure it's silver. It has a different luster then the other copper ones. It looks uncirculated and looks real. Is this an error or am I wrong? I'll try to add a picture. Pictures added!!

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  2. #2
    us
    Dec 2009
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    Re: 1968 Half Dollar with copper edge

    Most of the time a 40% will have a silver looking rim. Occasionally you run across one that looks 100% clad. That is why its always best to also look at the dates or use the "sound-test" method when searching halves. Every now and then a 40%er will try to slip by you.

  3. #3
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    Jun 2009
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    Re: 1968 Half Dollar with copper edge

    a good uncirculated one will look different... now you know what else to search for when rim searching...
    bah now less 40% will be find as people catch on

    did you know also black or dark rims tend to be silver too?

  4. #4
    us
    Nov 2008
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    Re: 1968 Half Dollar with copper edge

    I've found them with a copper edge, which could have been missed. Still they were a different lighter copper than a clad.
    Post a pic if you can.
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    Re: 1968 Half Dollar with copper edge (PICS ADDED!!)

    uhh....is anyone else confused?
    Oldest Coin YTD - 1892 Columbian Commemorative Half Dollar

  6. #6
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    Jan 2007
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    Re: 1968 Half Dollar with copper edge (PICS ADDED!!)

    Quote Originally Posted by phrostie
    uhh....is anyone else confused?
    Yes.

  7. #7
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    Nov 2008
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    Re: 1968 Half Dollar with copper edge (PICS ADDED!!)

    Thanks for the photo. I'd have caught that one edge searching.Aided with my +4.00 reading glasses that I use exclusively for edge searching.
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  8. #8
    us
    Nov 2009
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    Re: 1968 Half Dollar with copper edge (PICS ADDED!!)

    I see a lot that look like that. I rim search then drop the roll from one hand to the other and listen too. What I find amazing is the clarity of your rim pic. That is REALLY good clarity.

  9. #9
    aq
    Jul 2009
    346

    Re: 1968 Half Dollar with copper edge (PICS ADDED!!)

    Not sure what causes it, but I see them frequently. There are a bunch of "edge hunters" in the area, and I find there copper edged 40%-ers frequently.
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  10. #10
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    Mar 2009
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    Re: 1968 Half Dollar with copper edge (PICS ADDED!!)

    I've gotten quite a few 40% with the copper rim, I almost always date search unless I'm doing boxes. They are sneaky ones
    2012 finds

    40%- 88

    A lot of garage sale gold and silver!

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    Aug 2009
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    Re: 1968 Half Dollar with copper edge (PICS ADDED!!)

    I have some like that too.. however if you just look at the white metal part of it.. you'll know that it's silver.

  12. #12
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    Re: 1968 Half Dollar with copper edge (PICS ADDED!!)

    Looks silver to me....
    There is no silver left around here...

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    Re: 1968 Half Dollar with copper edge (PICS ADDED!!)

    In 1968 the "clad" copper planchets had not even been made yet. That is just a clean 40%er. (which means 60% or so copper)

    I only edge search and see them every now and then, don't think I miss any when compared to a handfull of clad the do look different.
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  14. #14
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    da book worm--researcher

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    Re: 1968 Half Dollar with copper edge (PICS ADDED!!)

    40 % silver halfs * 1965 to 1970 era can and do often show copper on the edge ( their copper core filling ) so always check by the date not edge color -- folks that only check edge color is how and why 40% silver halves can often still be found in bank rolls fairly often.

    so always check !!!!!
    due to their silver content 1965 to 1970 40% halfs got $3.85 in silver in them ( over 7 --almost 8 x thier face value) at current spot silver value

  15. #15
    um
    Jan 2010
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    Re: 1968 Half Dollar with copper edge (PICS ADDED!!)

    Pretty common to find one like that. Just another reason to LOOK at the coin.

 

 
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