What is the best way to break open a proof set?

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by ljkvette, Sep 21, 2019.

  1. ljkvette

    ljkvette Member

    Sorry to sound stupid but what is the best way to break open a proof set?
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  3. Autoturf

    Autoturf Well-Known Member

    they open easily with a sharp tool, on the edge, wont even damage the plastic if careful, plus their not airtight. only stupid question is the one not asked.
  4. Rheingold

    Rheingold Well-Known Member

    Which coin would you like to free from the Proof Set?
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  5. Autoturf

    Autoturf Well-Known Member

    Ya, we want a picture of some coins.
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  6. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    If it isn't asked, it isn't a question. Therefore it can't be stupid. The original version has been skewed over time. It should be, "There is no such thing as a stupid question, just stupid answers."

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  7. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Carefully, please be very careful and take your time doing it. You don't want to damage the coins.
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  8. rooman9

    rooman9 Lovin Shiny Things

  9. Paddy54

    Paddy54 Variety Collector

    Vise grips
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  10. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

    Like @Autoturf and @Collecting Nut said, very gently, easy and slowly with an x-acto knife. They come apart very easy.

    Here's a prestige set. The proof sets are much easier.

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  11. Burton Strauss III

    Burton Strauss III Well-Known Member

    whichever coin you take out you then have to replace with something completely ridiculous so you can sell it on fleabay for thousands of dollars.

    I can see it now: back to the future? 2014 proof set with 2018 Lincoln cent. Proof The Time traveler's are among us
  12. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector

    Let your grandchildren play with it and tell them not to break it open.
  13. wxcoin

    wxcoin Getting no respect for 64 years

    I just opened a 100 proof set last night. It went down smooth.
  14. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector

    I hope you didn't break it open. If so, we will never let you play with one again.
  15. Michael K

    Michael K Well-Known Member

    Unless there is a super high grade coin in there you want to get graded,
    the best way to open it, is to leave it in there and not open it.
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  16. Islander80-83

    Islander80-83 Well-Known Member

    I hope you didn't use these "vice" grips! :wacky:

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  17. wxcoin

    wxcoin Getting no respect for 64 years

    If I could have gotten to the contents first then maybe.
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  19. Nathan401

    Nathan401 Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Supporter

    Those are the only vise grips that I’m aware of. They work great for opening sets.
  20. Autoturf

    Autoturf Well-Known Member

    I prefer an oxy acetylene torch, tool time. before any wise guys , its a joke.
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  21. Autoturf

    Autoturf Well-Known Member

    100 proof, that's only 50% rite?
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