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I can certainly help you out here Carapulca as I am an old guy. In 1953 the very first white cardboard six coin holder was introduced and saw it first use in 1954 to house the first ever package for sale of uncirculated (6 coins) sets. There were 3,000 sets issued at $2.50 each and eventually became known as “in Proof-like finish” (PL) The coins and holder were wrapped in a clear cellophane material. Over the years the cellophane became brittle and unfortunately cracked ( you see this same were on older collectors as well)LOL. But then at 67yrs.of age who doesn’t. Therefore 1954 was the VERY FIRST YEAR.mystikeParticipant
Check out the 1951 ” Low Relief” Business Strikes Quarters!! ICCS ( Mr. Brian Cornwell) has graded in both B.S.,M.S., & PL The ICCS Pop Report of 2012 shows only 7 coins VG to AU58 , 17 M.S., & 289 PL coins. That’s out of a mintage of 8,290,719.Now also including 250 High Relief and unattributed coins graded. That means there were and also recognizing that there are millions not graded that there are potentially 8,290,719 coins..subtract 563 coins= 8,290,156 coins that are potentially PL’s and for Business Use. And get this P.L. sets only started in 1954, therefor there never was a 1951 PL Set ( Charlton Coin Guide 1975 pages 17 & 18.) Also the R.C.M. DOES NOT EVEN ACKNOWLEDGE THE EARLY P.L. STRIKES.
Low Relief: a coin with the raised design not very high above the field.
Business Strike: a coin intended for everyday use in commerce. The Canadian Legacy II Sale (Feb.10-14 2015) Page 52 Lot # 1697 Sold for $1062.00 B.P.INCLUDED. And guess who once owned that coin….John J. Pittman.
So don’t ever believe that they are misattributed proof like as shown in TRENDS. Along with many other errors as well.