Kennedy Half Dollars Distinction between SP & MS - Opinion Please
The issue I have and opinions I seek,
In the Kennedy Basic Set Circulation Strikes 1964-Present
There were Kennedy’s that were produced by the US Mint starting in (2005 and ending in 2010, there were other years also but this was the main run) in a satin finish where there were also some that were minted in a clad version.
For the registry sets one can have either the Satin finish or the Clad version and meet the requirements of satisfying the requirement to own that date and MM. the clad version which is much rarer are considerably more expensive to illustrate for those that do not know an example would be the 2008 -D in a clad would be $450.00 or more with a population of 32 and none graded higher. The SF (SP) designation in the 2008-D Satin finished coin can be purchased for $70.00 or less and there are (a note the mint didn’t release those into circulation they were realized in special mint sets (sms)), over 272 of them graded SP 67 or Higher.
My contention and the question I have is this,
While I agree that either the SP designation or Clad version can satisfy the requirements to complete the set, I believe if you have a version of the coin that is allowed to be considered as fulfilling the requirement for that date and your version is the highest known example of that coin you should be given the 1 point bonus for the highest known example of that coin as there are no finer examples.
Clad and Satin finish just like MS and DMPL and Proof are all different versions of the coin. If PCGS can draw a distinction between the coins with the population totals then it’s easily possible for them to award a bonus point for those coins that are the highest example in existence for that particular coin in that set. I hope that “Wondercoins” who has the highest rated set can chime in here. I obviously am taking a lesser graded coin and adding it to my set knowing that I can’t ever catch certain collections as they are able to add a Satin Finished version for 1/4 or less then what I would pay for a Clad version where the SF coin is 1 grade higher or more.
I understand that that is a choice I make and I am 100% okay with that as I prefer all clad vs the easier Satin finish coins mixed into my set. ( for those years 2005-2010). My issue is that there is no reason to not be given the point bonus for having the highest known example of that coin in that grade in that version.
Okay, I know the argument is you have to have the highest graded coin in that year to earn that bonus, I argue I do, because SP is not MS if they were then PCGS wound not make the distinction on the label. Do you believe that if you have the highest example in that coin should you be awarded the bonus point for highest known example?
Thoughts please …..