1981-S SBA

1981-S SBA

Post by Ro » Sun, 03 Sep 2000 11:46:53



Hi all,

I found a 1981-S SBA while going through my old collection.  I have no
idea where it came from.  I have a couple of question's:

        1.  When I look in the Redbook there are 3 listed.  A proof
with a clear S, a regular proof and an a non-proof.  My coin doesn't
look like a proof to me althought it is in nice shape almost looking
mirrored.  Is it safe to assume it is not one of the proofs?

        2.  The book notes that in 1981 the non-proofs were issued
only in mint sets.  Is this true?  The reason I ask is that since I
never purchased this coin I'm confused as to how I got it.  It's
possible someone gave it to me but I don't know anyone into coins
enough to have ever purchased one.  I was very surprised to see it
only issued in mint sets.  Until recently, I have never had a coin
that didn't come from change.

Thanks for the help.

Ron

 
 
 

1981-S SBA

Post by Padraic Bro » Sun, 03 Sep 2000 12:31:54


Perhaps you got it in change as a quarter. You wouldn't be
the first person to get one that way!

Padraic.

: Hi all,

: I found a 1981-S SBA while going through my old collection.  I have no
: idea where it came from.  I have a couple of question's:

:       1.  When I look in the Redbook there are 3 listed.  A proof
: with a clear S, a regular proof and an a non-proof.  My coin doesn't
: look like a proof to me althought it is in nice shape almost looking
: mirrored.  Is it safe to assume it is not one of the proofs?

:       2.  The book notes that in 1981 the non-proofs were issued
: only in mint sets.  Is this true?  The reason I ask is that since I
: never purchased this coin I'm confused as to how I got it.  It's
: possible someone gave it to me but I don't know anyone into coins
: enough to have ever purchased one.  I was very surprised to see it
: only issued in mint sets.  Until recently, I have never had a coin
: that didn't come from change.

: Thanks for the help.

: Ron

 
 
 

1981-S SBA

Post by Ro » Sun, 03 Sep 2000 12:41:02


        But wouldn't it be unusual to get a coin in change that was
only issued in mint sets?

Ron



Quote:
>Perhaps you got it in change as a quarter. You wouldn't be
>the first person to get one that way!

>Padraic.


>: Hi all,

>: I found a 1981-S SBA while going through my old collection.  I have no
>: idea where it came from.  I have a couple of question's:

>:   1.  When I look in the Redbook there are 3 listed.  A proof
>: with a clear S, a regular proof and an a non-proof.  My coin doesn't
>: look like a proof to me althought it is in nice shape almost looking
>: mirrored.  Is it safe to assume it is not one of the proofs?

>:   2.  The book notes that in 1981 the non-proofs were issued
>: only in mint sets.  Is this true?  The reason I ask is that since I
>: never purchased this coin I'm confused as to how I got it.  It's
>: possible someone gave it to me but I don't know anyone into coins
>: enough to have ever purchased one.  I was very surprised to see it
>: only issued in mint sets.  Until recently, I have never had a coin
>: that didn't come from change.

>: Thanks for the help.

>: Ron

 
 
 

1981-S SBA

Post by David Rya » Sun, 03 Sep 2000 17:02:51


Unusual, but it happens.  Valuable collections are stolen, by
children as well as burglars, and spent all the time.
With wear, yours would not be worth Redbook.

Quote:

> But wouldn't it be unusual to get a coin in change that was
> only issued in mint sets?

> Ron



> >Perhaps you got it in change as a quarter. You wouldn't be
> >the first person to get one that way!

> >Padraic.


> >: Hi all,

> >: I found a 1981-S SBA while going through my old collection.  I have no
> >: idea where it came from.  I have a couple of question's:

> >:      1.  When I look in the Redbook there are 3 listed.  A proof
> >: with a clear S, a regular proof and an a non-proof.  My coin doesn't
> >: look like a proof to me althought it is in nice shape almost looking
> >: mirrored.  Is it safe to assume it is not one of the proofs?

> >:      2.  The book notes that in 1981 the non-proofs were issued
> >: only in mint sets.  Is this true?  The reason I ask is that since I
> >: never purchased this coin I'm confused as to how I got it.  It's
> >: possible someone gave it to me but I don't know anyone into coins
> >: enough to have ever purchased one.  I was very surprised to see it
> >: only issued in mint sets.  Until recently, I have never had a coin
> >: that didn't come from change.

> >: Thanks for the help.

> >: Ron

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Post by Stephen Suffe » Sun, 03 Sep 2000 20:56:01


Quote:

> [snip]
>         2.  The book notes that in 1981 the non-proofs were issued
> only in mint sets.  Is this true?  The reason I ask is that since I
> never purchased this coin I'm confused as to how I got it.  It's
> possible someone gave it to me but I don't know anyone into coins
> enough to have ever purchased one.  I was very surprised to see it
> only issued in mint sets.  Until recently, I have never had a coin
> that didn't come from change.

Greetings:

   Soon after getting my 1981 mint sets, I broke one apart and spent
all the coins, including the SBA dollars. It just didn't seem right
that the mint would turn out ordinary coins -- not trial strikings,
not proofs, not commemoratives, not bullion coins -- and not place any
of them into circulation. So I remedied the situation.

   Nine*** years later you found one of my coins. Congratualtions!
:-)

                                                  --- Steve

 
 
 

1981-S SBA

Post by biggfred » Sun, 03 Sep 2000 21:01:51



Quote:
> I found a 1981-S SBA while going through my old collection.  I have no
> idea where it came from.  I have a couple of question's:

>     1.  When I look in the Redbook there are 3 listed.  A proof
> with a clear S, a regular proof and an a non-proof.  My coin doesn't
> look like a proof to me althought it is in nice shape almost looking
> mirrored.  Is it safe to assume it is not one of the proofs?

There's no mistaking a modern proof, even when well circulated.  If it
doesn't have mirrors, it ain't proof.
 
 
 

1981-S SBA

Post by Ro » Mon, 04 Sep 2000 07:14:49


On Sat, 02 Sep 2000 11:56:01 GMT, Stephen Suffet

Quote:


>> [snip]
>>         2.  The book notes that in 1981 the non-proofs were issued
>> only in mint sets.  Is this true?  The reason I ask is that since I
>> never purchased this coin I'm confused as to how I got it.  It's
>> possible someone gave it to me but I don't know anyone into coins
>> enough to have ever purchased one.  I was very surprised to see it
>> only issued in mint sets.  Until recently, I have never had a coin
>> that didn't come from change.

>Greetings:

>   Soon after getting my 1981 mint sets, I broke one apart and spent
>all the coins, including the SBA dollars. It just didn't seem right
>that the mint would turn out ordinary coins -- not trial strikings,
>not proofs, not commemoratives, not bullion coins -- and not place any
>of them into circulation. So I remedied the situation.

>   Nine*** years later you found one of my coins. Congratualtions!
>:-)

>                                                  --- Steve

        LOL,,, wouldn't that have been wild,

        Actually, I been thinking about this and asking a few
questions of my family members.  I think I got the coin through one of
those,, someone bought it at a coin shop for someone else (my Son) and
somehow it ended up in my collection - it's a long story.

Ron

 
 
 

1981-S SBA

Post by Ro » Mon, 04 Sep 2000 07:20:36


Quote:


>> I found a 1981-S SBA while going through my old collection.  I have no
>> idea where it came from.  I have a couple of question's:

>>     1.  When I look in the Redbook there are 3 listed.  A proof
>> with a clear S, a regular proof and an a non-proof.  My coin doesn't
>> look like a proof to me althought it is in nice shape almost looking
>> mirrored.  Is it safe to assume it is not one of the proofs?

>There's no mistaking a modern proof, even when well circulated.  If it
>doesn't have mirrors, it ain't proof.

        I agree,, mine is very nice but not mirrored.  I'm going with
a non-proof, regular strike, BU whatever ya call it..  

        BTW - has anyone ever heard of a proof being circulated.

Ron   (the guy trying to get the terminolgy down)

 
 
 

1981-S SBA

Post by David Rya » Mon, 04 Sep 2000 07:28:03


Quote:

>  BTW - has anyone ever heard of a proof being circulated.

> Ron   (the guy trying to get the terminolgy down)

Possible, but it would properly be termed "impaired proof".

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Naval Observatory http://aa.usno.navy.mil/AA/faq/docs/millennium.html
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1981-S SBA

Post by 1879SReverseOf » Mon, 04 Sep 2000 07:53:09


<< BTW - has anyone ever heard of a proof being circulated. >>

I found a proof nickel in circulation once, quite a few years ago......seems
like it was a 68, but I don't remember now, and I long since disposed of that
collection....unrelated I got a 1962 dime out of my cash drawer.....I heard a
funny....plink....and looked till I found it %)
discover'ed'

 
 
 

1981-S SBA

Post by John DeBo » Mon, 04 Sep 2000 09:37:54


I got a proof Kennedy half a few months ago, I think the finish is called Cameo,
mirrored back & dull brushed look on the bust.  Its been handled but sure looks
nice in the collection.

Quote:

> << BTW - has anyone ever heard of a proof being circulated. >>

> I found a proof nickel in circulation once, quite a few years ago......seems
> like it was a 68, but I don't remember now, and I long since disposed of that

--

 
 
 

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Post by biggfred » Mon, 04 Sep 2000 14:34:53



Quote:
>     BTW - has anyone ever heard of a proof being circulated.

All the time.  Starting with the 1913 Liberty nickels and 1804 silver
dollars.
 
 
 

1981-S SBA

Post by Steven Prest » Mon, 04 Sep 2000 16:53:29


Quote:
>BTW - has anyone ever heard of a proof being
>circulated.
>>All the time. Starting with the 1913 Liberty
>>nickels and 1804 silver dollars.  

And those darn 1894-S dimes- that turned out to be one expensive ice
cream; I guess daddy knows best after all ;-)
               -Steve