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Re: Business strikes or Specimen strikes

Another interesting thread; sucked in again! See my last post on your thread below, where I agree with the gang on the pricing issue, but to me, is partly because of how people collect, and thus the demand that this creates.

On identification of the differences, specimens like 1908 and 1911 are fairly easy to identify. Look at the strike near the legend on the obverse. The specimen strikes are just generally struck differently, and whether because double struck, or with greater pressure, tend to be struck flat to the legend and to the denticles. MS coins have a different strike look (more concave through this area in particular.

But this is certainly not always so. Newfoundland coins, other than the 1882 Heaton issue, are notoriously hard to identify as specimens, especially the smaller denominations. The specimens (assuming that this is what they were struck as, because otherwise, they don't seem to exist while the larger coins do) often look specimen only on one side. I suspect just the way they were made. And even some of the George V Canadian coins can have their issues. I have a George V half in a SP 68 PCGS holder that I swear is an MS coin. Problem is that the coin is so perfect that I think the TPG's just assume that it has to be a specimen!

AussieBob, 3/4/2011
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