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  1. #1

    Jul 2007
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    Question for the coin collectors among us

    Since I am going through thousands of halves I thought of getting a book and see ifn I can fill it with (nice) halves from CRH. For my birthday 2 weeks ago my folks got ME a Dansco book for all Kennedy half dollars to present including Proofs. I am baffled on the first page where for '65, '66, '67 don't have mint marks but for each of those years there is a hole for an SMS coin also. See pic.

    Now by going to coinfacts.com under Kennedy halves I learn that SMS stands for "Special Mint Sets" I believe. How do you tell the difference from the SMS coin and the regular? I noticed that some of them 40%'s have a very nice, shiny finish while others more dull- is that the difference? I don't want to just plug all the holes- I want to see if I can find all the coins to plug the holes with. By the way that '70 looks awesome in there- check it out.

    HH and Thanks for any help, Mark
    Life is a coin, you can spend it any way you wish, but you can only spend it once.

  2. #2
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    Jul 2006
    Sarasota, FL
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    Re: Question for the coin collectors among us

    I honestly couldn't tell you how to tell the difference...I'd just buy a SMS coin from a dealer to fill those holes....

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    Jan 2007
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    Re: Question for the coin collectors among us

    Quote Originally Posted by n_sandler4
    I honestly couldn't tell you how to tell the difference...I'd just buy a SMS coin from a dealer to fill those holes....
    Good call.
    64 proofs are also a mystery to me.
    Pinpoint twice, dig once!

  4. #4

    May 2006
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    Re: Question for the coin collectors among us

    Quote Originally Posted by TXTim

    Good call.
    64 proofs are also a mystery to me.
    Won't be a mystrey if you find one. I found one last year. They were minted in Philly and don't have a mintmark. Mine isn't cameo but the highly mirrored finish is clealy a proof.

    http://forum.treasurenet.com/index.p...ch=69149;image

  5. #5

    Jul 2007
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    Re: Question for the coin collectors among us

    You guys are alot of help LOL. I saw a cameo '64 proof on ebay, graded real high and so was the "buy it now"- I'm talking thousands- won't be buying one of those. I haven't even gotten to digging through my silver yet to fill those spots- havin too much fun hunting for more- good weekend work when the banks are closed. Rearin to go another month- got a healthy record to improve on haha. HH Mark
    Life is a coin, you can spend it any way you wish, but you can only spend it once.

  6. #6

    Jul 2007
    USA
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    Re: Question for the coin collectors among us

    Quote Originally Posted by mountainman 2
    If there are any coin shows in your area, stop by and ask questions and maybe see a sample of both a regular and SMS half side by side.
    Thanks MM, I hadn't thought of coin shows- I will look into that. I been to 2 out of the 3 coin shops in town with dismall results. I wasn't asking about this subject though. Hopefully the last coin shop will be a productive stop for ME as I need some answers and could handle unloading some 40%'s. HH all, Mark
    Life is a coin, you can spend it any way you wish, but you can only spend it once.

  7. #7

    Jan 2007
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    Re: Question for the coin collectors among us

    I actually have found crhing some of the SMS. I would have to check them out later, pretty sure 65, 68 and 69. They look very close to proofs. That 70 D is beautiful. I found 2 of those and 1 70 S. Nice book too, my whitman is pretty lame, but only $3.

  8. #8

    Jan 2007
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    Re: Question for the coin collectors among us

    Special Mint Set coins are actually more common in circulation than one might think. They look a lot like regular circulation strikes. Most of you veteran CRHers have probably found quite a few but didn't know it.

 

 

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