1963 Franklin half

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Razz, Jun 24, 2019.

  1. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    When I got this quite a while ago I think the seller thought it was an impaired proof. I got it for $6. Now looking at it not sure if it is a proof as no trace of mirrors. Awesome luster on the reverse. Is there a way to tell the diff btwn circulation and proof strikes? PhotoEditor_20190624_203721848.jpg PhotoEditor_20190624_203821083.jpg
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  3. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    Definately a business strike as I see die polish lines on the obverse.
  4. Lehigh96

    Lehigh96 Toning Enthusiast

    This coin has a bunch of reed marks which almost never occur on proofs. In addition, the bell lines are incomplete which also indicates business strike.
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  5. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    Definitely has some hits now that I am looking at it a little more closely. It amazes me how you can evaluate a coin and be spot on so quickly! It takes me some time and in some cases only after I take pictures do I see things. Well I guess it takes time and lots of coins to get to where you guys are at!
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  6. Razz

    Razz Critical Thinker

    Seems like a decent strike....Pass and Stow is legible and in hand the lines of the Eagle's feathers are complete.

    Edit: and the hair in front of the ear has the 3 "prongs"
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2019
  7. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    I think a characteristic of proof coins is a 90 degree edge with no bevel to it as is found in business strikes.
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