Tuesday, November 11, 2014

50th Anniversary Silver Kennedy Set

I bought three of these for long term put away.  I'm still on the fence as to certifying them, though. For one thing, I do think they look nice as a set, although they do take up a lot of room that way. More to the point is that I'm not sure that there is a set of 70's to be found in the bunch - these all seem to have scratches and nicks.  I'll take a closer look when I'm in a better mood, but my intitial impression is "yuck" as usual.

I was amused by the protective foam:

By all means we need foam to protect the plastic cases after the coins themselves have already been nicked and been sealed away with whatever fibers were flying around at the time.  Yes, that foam makes me almost feel like somebody cares.

Oh, well, let's pry out the coins.  And I do mean pry: apparently the Mint was tired of hearing about loose coins bouncing around in boxes, so these suckers are TIGHT.  I used a plastic tent peg to release the capsules from their bounds.

So, let's look at the coins.  First, I detest Reverse Proofs:

I know some oooh and aah over these, bit I think they are plug ugly.  The regular proof is very nice, or would be if the capsule were not contaminated as usual:

Then there is the regular silver uncirculated strike. Nothing special there, of course.

Ahh, but the "enhanced uncirculated" really is a thing of beauty. 

My picture doesn't do it justice. I really think that's the best looking coin in the set.  Were I to pick out one coin to represent the 2014 Kennedy half, that would be the one for me.  If I were going to show someone a 2014 Silver Kennedy, that's the one I'd show.

So, certify?  If I can find one of each that isn't nicked up, maybe.  I'm not sure yet.

Update:  Mintage reduced to 225,000 due lack of interest.

Note: All my coins are in a safe deposit box. I keep nothing in my home.

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