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    Proof cent vs BU 1950

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    The middle cent is proof taken from a proof set
    The coin onn the far right is a 51 BU cent
    The coin on the far left was described as a proof and to me it lopks.like it could go either way. The rims all look the same. Variety vista lists the same exact design strikes.
    Any other way to diagnose?!
    What do u all think. The 1950 strikes were all over the place so...













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    Mmm what do u think

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    Tough call on the 50, any other year I'd say it was just a super nice bus strike. But 50 is a weird year, they re-started making proofs that year, they made some proofs that are not brilliant and some that are brilliant. That coin is very nice, almost too nice to not be a PF but I'm not sure.

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    One other clue might be the stain on it. The 50 proof set was stapled celo not waffle packed, they often got stains like that from the staples in the celo.

    Link about 50 PFs:

    50 proofsetguide link

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    Nice looking coins... Since Ed is the pro on these I shall bow to his wisdom... The center on looked like a woodie to me so I am lost
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    Nice looking coins and I'm with Jim on the middle one, nice woody!

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    I'd say the '50 is a Satin Proof, while the '51 is a business strike. I have a '50 Satin Proof and it looks similar. Of course there were no "Satin" Proofs officially made in '50, but a decent percentage of the extant Proofs show a Satin finish, and I believe NGC will slab them as such.
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    That is a tough call.
    The 1950 in question does appear to have a strong strike with lots of sharp detail similar to the middle coin (known proof).
    The 1951 BU (on the right), while a very nice looking coin, seems to have slightly less detail than the other two. (The lighting is making it a little difficult to tell for sure.)

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