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22 Apr 2020

DIfferences in 1994 Prestige Set Packaging.

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This is possibly the least significant difference in modern U.S. mint packaging if not proof coins in general, but I discovered a very subtle distinction between two types of mint packaging on the U.S. 1994 Prestige Sets. I was cracking up a large group of prestige sets, around 24 being 1994 Prestige Sets, to get graded. While doing this, I found two separate types of the part of the coin lense holding the coins in place (I'm sure this has a name I can't remember.) Most of the black holders were made of the same material used in prior prestige sets; it's a hard, matte, grainy plastic. A couple, possibly 25% of the bunch, used a foam board like material for the holding coins. From the the Prestige Sets I have cracked, it seems all post 1994 Prestige Sets used the same foam board material to keep the coins in place and all pre1994 Prestige Sets used the hard plastic, although I'm sure there is a most knowledgeable source on that. The change to foam board makes it much easier to remove the coins from the holders.
To be honest, I don't believe there is much practical purpose in knowing this, if not just as very obscure trivia. The exterior plastic protecting the coins also has a grainy, rough surface making it impossible to know which type of plastic is surrounding the coins. Since the types are virtually indistinguishable, I doubt either kind carries any premiums. I assume I'm not the first to have discovered this, but hopefully this is new information to someone out there.

Comments

CoinHunter

Level 5

Awesome pics!

Long Beard

Level 5

Indeed interesting. The only set I'm lacking is that elusive 1996 which I've been hoping would drop below two-hundred. What I find interesting about these sets is how many of them develop milky, blue haze around the perimeter. Especially on the Dollars. For that reason alone I'm not willing to shell out the current going price. Pristine, maybe. But far and few between.

user_7180

Level 5

Very interesting - did not know that. Like you said not super important as a detail, but a nifty little factoid.

Longstrider

Level 6

I love the details. Thanks

Mike

Level 7

Are you talking about about the sets. The prestage sets that ran for fiive years very low mintage ?. 1995 is the lowest and there in meral and open for display

I think you are talking about Premier Sets. Prestige Sets come in a bigger box and also have a commemorative dollar and sometimes half dollar with them. They were made from 1983 until 1997. Premier Sets are silver while Prestige sets are not.

Mike

Level 7

Are you talking about about the sets. The prestage sets that ran for fiive years very low mintage ?. 1995 is the lowest and there in meral and open for display

I think you are talking about Premier Sets. Prestige Sets come in a bigger box and also have a commemorative dollar and sometimes half dollar with them. They were made from 1983 until 1997. Premier Sets are silver while Prestige sets are not.

Golfer

Level 5

Very interesting. Anything to make taking out coins is good, if you want to send then in for grading. Thanks

It's Mokie

Level 6

So a transitional set, used up the last of the pre-94, then started on the newly redesigned holders. Certainly no premium but interesting nonetheless.

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