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Whats a proof coin

Updated: 9/13/2023
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A proof coin is a coin that is struck on specially prepared blanks by specially prepared and polished dies and is usually struck at least twice to make sure the coin strikes up fully.

When looking at a proof coin, there usually are mirror-like fields (parts of the coin that are left blank) and on most modern proofs the design looks "frosted" (although, some earlier proofs do not have this "frosted", cameo look to them).

The best way to be able to distinguish between proof, uncirculated and polished (keep in mind that polished coins are NOT desirable to collectors and is considered to be damaged!) is to go to your local coin and bullion shop and compare them. It is quite hard to describe in words how the 3 coins look different, but after studying the 3, they all look quite different.

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