Oh, I agree, but IMHO, I still believe they came from Blue packs. As I see it, there really only two ways for these prototypes to get into the public, either an employee took them out or they were in Blue packs. At least those are the two most likely ways. Again, is someone walked them out, then the person revieving them would know they were special. If there in blue packs, that just seems more likely to me. Your statement " just know that many IKE's are passed over simply "because" they are IKE's" is proving my point for me I still believe there are many Blue packs unopened because of that reason. Its an Ike, Ill get to that later, as the preception is there all of poor quality, especially the '71-S Blues. Plus, these coins can be reall hard to see while its still in the mint cello.There is no absolute proof that these in fact came out of blue packs. Only here say and then there's Chuck.
Mine was raw and in a tube as I remember asking the seller to put it in a flip instead of with the rest of the coins I was buying.
Why weren't they destroyed? Who knows. I just know that many IKE's are passed over simply "because" they are IKE's. The 1973-S CnClad Business Strike I got at the bank several years ago is just an example. It's an IKE so it just got passed off until someone finally recognized it for what it was.
Oh, I believe Ill be sending this coin out to PCGS at the end of the month with a bunch of other stuff for grading!!!!