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Help with WL Halves - Proof vs. Business

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There must be some sort of identifying characteristics that differentiate proof WL's from business strikes.

In particular I'm interested in the year 1941 (my birthyear).

Proofs come in two varieties, "with AW" and "without AW".

 

1. I saw a 1941 WL "with AW" slabbed (NGC or PCGS) PF-64 as I recall.

There was no surface luster, just a dull light grey toning.

How did the TPG know that it was proof vs. just a 1941 business strike?

 

2. As an aside, what constitutes a "without AW" proof?

The ones I've seen appear to vary in the amount of "AW" remaining.

I have not seen one with the "AW" totally gone.

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Proofs were struck individually on a medal press, with one blow from the press. All proofs of the Walking Liberty series have mirror fields with almost no luster.

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Here is a 1939 proof and a 1939 business strike. As RWB mentioned you can generally tell first glance by the mirrors vs luster. Also the deadly strike of most proofs is a give away. MJ

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Here is a 1939 proof and a 1939 business strike. As RWB mentioned you can generally tell first glance by the mirrors vs luster. Also the deadly strike of most proofs is a give away. MJ

1256205386.jpg

1263529182.jpg

 

MJ, I don't see any difference at all between the two photos.

 

Chris

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