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Sandy - I am most appreciative of your reply. When I get to the safety deposit box again, I will pull them all and re-examine. My 53SF "Specimen" coins were purchased some years ago from Keith Kwallek (sp). They came in the correct 53 Specimen Red box, and all were graded by PCGS as specimen, except the 5c piece which they called MS. I questioned this designation, though on review, they stuck by their designations. I have spoken with one other dealer here in the states that had a similar 5c piece. He stated it came directly out of the red box as part of his set. It was SF as mine are. He maintained it to be specimen, though I am certainly more willing to grant leeway on this one. I should also clarify the cent (to the best I can recall without pulling the set) is NSF.

Without being able to comment of the fields you describe as yet, another aspect comes to mind. Striking pressure and/or number of strikes per coin. My PL SF sets easily exhibit the same striking characteristics of a 1954 set. But yet the strikes of the SP sets are clearly and markedly different.

Now for theories. I might imagine that the four sets you describe were among the first SP sets produced. This would explain their condition and NSF status. My suspicion here would be that they ran out at some point during the year, and there was a call for additional official presentation sets (read specimen) for dignitaries and the like.

Following that trend to its conclusion, it does not seem at all strange to me that the mint would:

1: Modify existing dies and or striking pressure to create presentation level sets.

2: Use specially prepared blanks for these sets.

3: Insist on superior quality for these sets from the now typical PL issues.

4: Package them using the leather red box (#12).

5: Not resurrect the now abandoned NSF dies for this task.

I don't know if this theory is accurate, partially so, or completely in error. It would take a review of mint records, and/or interviews with those directly involved in the process to learn the truth. It would take a lot of luck to gain access to these mint records. It may be possible, but extremely unlikely.

I do hope we can continue this conversation at some future time, with coins in hand.

Jeff

jmc, 4/17/2011
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