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I like Andy's hypothesis. Proof carries a lot more weight than conjecture. Why are PP 71-D Ikes found, more so than in the other years? (with many of them showing Proof-like appearance even in VERY late die state). Maybe the 71-S proof planchets were not up to the desired San Fran quality standards that year so they might have shipped them off the Denver to use Maybe not.
I would think it would be highly more likely if we have proof-like planchets on business strikes if they were BOTH being done at the same mint. I also think it would be highly more likely to also possibly have proof dies used on business strikes if they were both being struck at the same facility. (Whether by accident, or on purpose). However, "more likely" would mean a lot more if we had "proof"!
For example, this is the MOST proof-like 72-S Blue pack Ike I've ever seen. Was it struck on a proof planchet? Was is struck with the same dies that were used for proofs? BY accident, or on purpose? No one can say for sure, wihtout proof. Happy Hunting!
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Thanks again to FS-801, AndyO, and BrianVaile for your input and insight.
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