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1981 "clear s" troubles

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Just in case you havent read my earlier post, I inherited a very large collection of coins from my grandfather. Among his collection were 5 sets of 1981 proof sets. He kept a detailed list of his proof sets, and among his listing of the 1981 sets was one "partial set of clear s coins." It doesnt list which one is the clear S set, or the coins that contain it. I have looked at the coins with a magnifying glass and cant seem to find the set he listed as the clear "s" one. I even tried to purchase an additional set to compare it but cant seem to figure it out.


Does anyone have a picture of such a creature or have hints on how to pick this one out. I'd take it to a dealer, or even to a coin show (theres one in Atlanta next week) but am a little worried about asking for help on a subject I dont know anything about!




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Jill, the clear S nickname is a misnomer. In 79, the mintmark on the early coins was filled, making the S look like a blob. Later 79 coins posessed an improved S, or clear S. That same MM (1979 clear S) was used well into 81, until it was replaced with yet another MM that is nicknamed a flat S. It has bulbs at either end of the S (serifs). The best pictures I've seen on the web are here. Scroll down to the bottom for the pics. Hope that helps.


79 T1 - blob S

79 T2 - clear S

81 T1 - same as 79 T2

81 T2 - flat S with bulbous serifs (also clear)



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