Bob, I assume you are talking about the "classic" commemorative half from
the early part of the 20th century. If buying sight unseen (scans don't
count as seeing the coin), I would recommend slabbed. So many of the early
commemorative halfs were mishandled and/or spent in circulation, that for at
least some of the types, true uncirculated examples are in the minority.
Often, "sliders" and cleaned coins are presented as uncirculated. I have
bought quite a few from eBay that have been sold as uncirculated, only to
learn too late that the coin has wear or an unnatural appearance due to
If purchasing an early commemorative half in person, you still need to be
pretty sharp in your knowledge and grading skills. The early commemoratives
are nothing like the modern commemoratives. Bill
> I am thinking about starting to collect the modern half dollar
> commemoratives from the early part of the 20th century.
> I would like eveyrone's opinion, should I collect them slabbed
> or non-slabbed?
> I see pluses and minuses both ways and can't make up my mind.
> Also, if any regular poster here (I have lurked here for about
> six months) has some of them they want to sell, please feel
> free to e-mail me privately.
> I hope we can all be good neighbors online!