Burnished ASE?

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  1. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    I usually purchase ASE’s in tubes. Occasionally when the right opportunity comes along I will purchase an individual piece. I don’t remember when or where I bought this one..... the ASE on the right is in a government holder. The ASE on the left came from a tube. It occurred to me that the finish is different. Is this one that they call “burnished”?

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  3. SchwaVB57

    SchwaVB57 Well-Known Member

    Burnished ASE's are non-bullion strikes with usually a W mint mark. They are the made for collectors non proof coins sold by the mint to the public. Unlike the bullion coins sold to a few distributors in the Green Monster boxes.
     
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  4. Randy Abercrombie

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    Is the ASE on the right a burnished example? It is in a government holder and is a West Point mint. Though the government box says nothing about the finish.
     
  5. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector

    They started making "Burnished" in 2006 with W mint mark. The first ones came in a box with a little blue velvet drawstring bag. They were a hot item for some reason and the price jumped early.
     
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  6. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector

    Does the box say "uncirculated"?
     
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  7. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but wasn't the 2006-W Burnished SAE the first year that the burnished series was sold by the Mint directly to the public? Until that time, the only "individual" coins that the Mint sold directly to the public were proof coins. Right? ~ Chris
     
  8. Randy Abercrombie

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    Yes sir
     
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  9. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector

    That is all the box says on any of the burnished.
     
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  10. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector

    Yes - exactly.
     
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  11. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    Randy let me see the reverse on that 08 please.
     
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  12. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector

    Another thing that happened that year was the box variations. It would not be considered an error. But some boxes had large print and some smaller print. Just a purchasing or contractor issue. But it was interesting and I kept some of each. Sold all of them but still have the two varieties for fun.
     
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  13. Randy Abercrombie

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    here you go my friend.

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  14. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    Reverse-of-2007.jpg why this is why....
     
  15. Randy Abercrombie

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  16. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    I just sold an 2008 rev of 07 to John in a 70. $$$
     
  17. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    Correct had it been the 07 it would be a $260. Coin
    Well I tried for ya.....
     
  18. SchwaVB57

    SchwaVB57 Well-Known Member

    Yes, burnished, the W mint mark on the reverse is the key.
     
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  20. alurid

    alurid Well-Known Member

    I have a 2008 ASE burnished coin with no MM on the reverse. The redbook does not make a separate listing for burnished a not burnished coins like it does with the MM coins. Are all the 2008 ASE with no MM burnished coins?
     
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  21. Randy Abercrombie

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    I think that the presence of a mint mark distinguishes the regular uncirculated strikes from the burnished strikes. I could be wrong about that though.
     
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