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What is the market value of the PF69 2008 Mandela 90th Birthday Coin?

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kyle2
If by frosted you mean cameo, that coin is not remotely rare. At this time, the NGC census lists 464 with 223 in PR-69 ULTRA CAMEO and 19 in PR-70 UCAM. Given how many there are already in the census, I would expect that a UCAM is the norm for this issue as it is on modern US proof coins.

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No, frosting refers to the coin having a matt finish, usually on the raised parts of the coin, this modification is done to the Mold and not the coin, coins may not be altered in any way. I believe that there are only 5000 of these frosted coins minted, so that could make the coin 'rare'.

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jwither

Collectors in South Africa must use different terminology than in the United States. In the US, matte proof coins are not frosted at all. They are actually dull without a mirror finish. Some collectors prefer them but others such as myself find them inferior. I have not seen these coins but based upon what you described, every specimen in the NGC census that I just described is the same one you did.

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Matte v Gloss

 

In photography a "matte finish" is that dull finish that does not reflect light readily - while a "gloss finish" is that "light reflecting" mirror-like finish. The reason most photographs framed and hung on the wall have a "matte finish" and most photos in your photo album have a "gloss finish".

 

It would make sense for coins to have a similar terminology (if matte and gloss are indeed used) I don't think they are here - but maybe they are, and are used differently in South Africa.

 

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Scott Balson

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jwither

I am going to correct one thing in my last post. The US matte proof coins I was referring to were issued from 1907 to 1916. There have bene a few modern issues such as the 1998 Kenny half dollar. However, I have never inspected one in person. Its possible that these look different from the ones I have in mind.

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