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To understand the difference
between a proof and un-circulated coin, let's first answer
"What is an un-circulated coin?"
Uncirculated means a coin has not
had any wear, such as the wear a coin might experience when
it is used in commerce. Handling a coin, as well as
improperly storing a coin, can result in wear on the surface
of the coin. This wear, even if very minor, will cause
a coin to no longer grade uncirculated.
When coins are minted they often
bump into each other and receive small nicks and abrasion
marks during the production process. These marks also occur
as coins are transported in large canvas bags. These
marks, sometimes called "bag marks", are more noticeable on
larger coins, such as half dollars and dollars.
Typical "bag marks" do not keep a coin from grading
uncirculated. However, they can be an indicator of how
high of a grade the un-circulated coin might receive.
Current accepted grading standards provide for a range of
uncirculated grades, from the grade of MS-60 to MS-70.
MS60 would be a lower grade (yet still) un-circulated coin
with normal bag marks for that type of coin. Anything
below MS-60 would not be considered uncirculated. MS70 would
be the perfect "ideal" coin. Some coins are rare in grades
MS65 to MS70, and even unheard of in MS70 grade. (The
attribute "MS" stands for "mint state".)
An uncirculated coin may show tarnish, toning, spotting, or
discoloration and still remain in uncirculated condition.
Experts recommend you "never clean a tarnished coin",
because most cleaning will cause wear on a coin, and thus
lower its grade (and often its value).
What's a proof coin?
A newly minted proof coin is also Un-circulated, however it
is the way it is made that causes a difference in appearance
and qualifies it as a "proof". To understand this,
let's look at how coins are made. Coins are produced
when two dies strike a blank piece of metal with tremendous
force. One die is engraved with the front (obverse) design
for the coin. The other die has the back (reverse)
coin design on it.
A proof coin is made with
a specially polished and treated die!
treating the die in a special way, the coins it produces
have a different appearance. Modern technology allows
the high points on the coin design to be acid treated (on
the die). The background (field) design of the coin
die is polished, resulting in a mirror-like look on the coin
it strikes. This gives the finished coin a frosted look
(frosting) on the raise parts of the design, with a mirror
like finish on the background. This contrasting finish is
often called "cameo". (See picture above.)
On some older coins a cameo appearance is quite rare. The
attribute "CAM", when added to a coin's description, means
cameo appearance. "DCAM" means deep cameo, and indicates the
cameo appearance is strong and easy to observe.
Proof coins are struck twice, or more!
Not only are proofs made using specially treated dies, each
coin is struck two or more times by the coin die. By
striking it more than once the metal is forced into all the
crevices of the die, thereby giving a very fine detail to
the image on the coin. This fine detail does not
appear on some non-proof coins.
Today's grading of proofs is similar to the grades used for
uncirculated coins. The attribute "PR" or "PF" stands
for "proof", and is used instead of the MS (mint state) to
indicate a proof coin. Proofs (that are also un-circulated)
will be graded PR 60 to PR70, with PR70 being rare or
nonexistent in some cases. Because a proof coin can be
mishandled or receive wear by cleaning or handling, proof
grades can extend below PR 60. Example, a PR50 grade
proof coin, is one that has had a touch of wear on the high
points of the coin. Like uncirculated coins, proofs can
experience toning, tarnish or darkening.
Rarity and the Cost of Proofs
Because of the extra effort, time, labor and production
costs in making a proof coin, the respective government
mints often sell them at higher prices. In many
instances the production of proof coins is limited.
The end result is that usually, but not always, a proof coin
of the same date will be more expensive than a non-proof
For most United States gold and silver coins,
the proofs have the same amount of precious metal in them as
non-proof uncirculated coins.
Mint Marks on Coins
Often U.S. proof and uncirculated
coins will have a letter (mint mark) on the coin, indicating
which United States government mint produced it.
Sometimes governments will make proof coins at a different
mint than the regular (circulation strike) coins. The
US government has minted coins at these mints in the past:
P - Philadelphia *
S - San Francisco
W - West Point
D - Denver
D - also used for Dahlonega GA mint on old gold
CC - Carson City (old silver coins) **
C - Charlotte NC mint - on old gold coins **
O - New Orleans **
* Plain, with no mint mark, usually indicates it was made
at the Philadelphia mint.
** Coins are no longer produced at these mints.
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