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Old 07-31-2020, 08:37 PM
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I cashed in a bucket of change the other day and then bought all the halves the bank had. A 1971 looks like 40% silver and in very nice condition and is slightly struck off center. I took into a coin shop and he Xrayed it and it shows 44% CU and 56% NI I had two other 71 halves in my pocket and they both read 75% CU and 25% NI a magnet is attracted to this coin. His best guess it that it is a planchment from a foreign most likely the Philippines or Panama He told me that the US mints strike coins for other countries and one of their blanks must have been left in the hopper. I did not know the US mints strike coins for other countries?

Do you think it is worth sending in? I have looked in to two of the grading places and they both require a membership.
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Old 07-31-2020, 10:01 PM
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The coin shop might be able to send it in for you, usually they have accounts with the grading companies. If you think it is something special, I would get it graded. What did the coin guy say about the value?

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He said if it was 40% silver the collectors would be interested, but this one not so much. I would ask him to send it in for me but the nearest shop is over 150 miles from me, I kinda live out in the sticks.
I placed a bid on one tonight claiming to be a 1971 that is 40% silver it is not slabbed and it sold for $11.61 There is documentation in coin books of error 71s made of 40% silver that are highly desirable.
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I also have a ‘71 that I found roll hunting about a decade ago. It appears to be 40% silver because of the rim, there’s no clad “sandwich”. I performed a simple tissue test using a single-ply tissue. The half appeared dark which means non-silver. A 40% silver half appears light colored or whitish.

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