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BDE 20th Century Proofs, No Gold


Category: Type Sets
Set Type: 20th Century Series Type Set, Proofs Only - No Gold
Owner: BlakeEik
Last Modified: 7/4/2019
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Rank: 1
Score: 67652
Leading by: 3277
Points to Higher Rank: N/A
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Set Description:

My passion for 20th Century coins extends into this proof-only type set. (see my non-proof only type set for more details). Naturally, proofs normally offer a superior look to business strikes, because that is their purpose. So as a type collector, it makes sense to focus on proofs.

About half of the set is easy to assemble. Anything available in the 1990's is relatively "cheap" even when buying PF70UC grades. Coins only available in the 1970's, such as Ike dollars and the Bicentennial issues are inexpensive as long as you can be satisfied with the PF69UC grade. There are only a handful of these types graded PF70UC by NGC, but PCGS graded a lot of them in PR70DC. Because of Mark Salzberg's (horrible) decision years back to allow PCGS coins to remain in some registry sets while preventing any new PCGS coins to be added, some collectors have a significant advantage here!

Now the other half of the type set is a different story. While all coin types from 1950-1964 are commonly found, most of them are hard to find and/or get very expensive when you want the highest grades. Check the difference between a PF65 and a PF69UC Franklin or Kennedy. And those grades mean big differences in NGC's scoring metric.

It's worth pointing out that the coins from Special Mint Sets in 1965-1967 are counted as proofs. The silver-clad Kennedy half dollars in Ultra Cameo grades fetch big money and are worth more registry points than the 1969-1970 silver-clad proofs.

Now here's where it gets interesting. Proof coinage has low mintage figures from 1936-1942, and has very low mintage figures from 1900-1916. No proof coins were struck from 1917-1935 and from 1943-1949, which makes all types that ended before 1943 hard to find and more expensive. Those types are: the Indian cent; the Liberty nickel; the Barber dime, quarter and half; the Morgan dollar; the Lincoln VDB and matte cents; all 3 of the Buffalo nickel types; the Type 2 Jefferson nickel; the Mercury dime; and the Walking Liberty half. Because of the way these coins were packaged and stored for the past 75-120 years, like business strikes, they all have unique toning and their own individual beauty. These are the coins that make this set special.

In my set, I tried to get the best coins that I could find and afford - so I immediately gave up on the scarce $20K Lincoln VDB matte proof. The rest vary from PF65-67 with intentions to upgrade any of them if and when I can find them. Of note, this type set includes the 6-piece 1900 proof set.

My compliments to Zakmar, who has won this category for 10+ years. His set has *three* coins graded PF68★! In my book, that is equivalent to catching a unicorn, a leprechaun, and Bigfoot. Nice!
 Slot DescriptionGradeServiceScore
View Coin 1c Indian Head (1900-1909) PF 65 BN NGC 597
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1c Lincoln, Matte (1909-1916)  
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View Coin 5c Liberty Head with CENTS (1900-1912) PF 66 NGC 1219
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View Coin 5c Buffalo, Type 1, Matte, 1913 PF 66 NGC 2781
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View Coin 5c Buffalo, Type 2, Matte (1913-1916) PF 67 NGC 4036
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View Coin 5c Buffalo, Brilliant (1936-1937) PF 66 NGC 2388
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View Coin 5c Jefferson, Nickel (1938-1999) PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 272
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View Coin 5c Jefferson, Silver, 1942 PF 67 NGC 1138
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View Coin 10c Barber (1900-1915) PF 64 NGC 1634
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View Coin 10c Mercury (1936-1942) PF 67 NGC 1138
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View Coin 10c Roosevelt, Silver (1950-1964) PF 69 CAMEO NGC 725
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View Coin 10c Roosevelt, CuNi-clad (1968-1999) PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 201
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View Coin 10c Roosevelt, Silver (1992-1999) PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 201
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View Coin 25c Barber (1900-1915) PF 66 NGC 3009
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View Coin 25c Washington, Silver (1936-1964) PF 69 CAMEO NGC 2910
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View Coin 25c Washington, CuNi-clad (1968-1998) PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 437
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View Coin 25c Washington/Bicentennial, CuNi-clad, 1976 PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 366
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View Coin 25c Washington/Bicentennial, Silver-clad, 1976 PF 69 UC NGC 3345
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View Coin 25c Washington, Silver (1992-1998) PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 423
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View Coin 25c Washington/Statehood, CuNi-clad, 1999 PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 163
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View Coin 25c Washington/Statehood, Silver, 1999 PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 237
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View Coin 50c Barber (1900-1915) PF 66 CAMEO NGC 3796
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View Coin 50c Walking Liberty (1936-1942) PF 67 NGC 1716
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View Coin 50c Franklin (1950-1963) PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 7217
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View Coin 50c Kennedy, Silver, 1964 PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 2754
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View Coin 50c Kennedy, Silver-clad (1965-1970) MS 68 CAMEO NGC 2872
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View Coin 50c Kennedy, CuNi-clad (1971-1999) PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 517
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View Coin 50c Kennedy/Bicentennial, CuNi-clad, 1976 PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 288
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View Coin 50c Kennedy/Bicentennial, Silver-clad, 1976 PF 69 UC NGC 320
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View Coin 50c Kennedy, Silver (1992-1999) SP 69 NGC 674
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View Coin S$1 Morgan (1900-1904) PF 64 NGC 2597
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View Coin $1 Eisenhower, CuNi-clad (1973-1978) PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 123
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View Coin $1 Eisenhower, Silver-clad (1971-1974) PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 201
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View Coin $1 Eisenhower/Bicentennial, CuNi-clad, 1976 PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 502
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View Coin $1 Eisenhower/Bicentennial, Silver-clad, 1976 PF 69 UC NGC 820
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View Coin $1 Anthony (1979-1999) PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO NGC 409
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