This is what I needed to see. I do remember a time when grades were Unc, BU, and Gem BU. Now, there are 19 or 20 mint state grades. If one counted the circulated grades, which I think have MS numbers, then there are probably 30 something.
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Yes. Your 1 thousand mint sets would just be regular coins made for circulation that the mint randomly put into plastic to sell for a profit. There is no special selection process to pick which coins go to the banks and which go into mint sets.Yes, I was looking for tech improvements as an answer. The second half of your reply answers another question and I'm grateful. So, theorectically, if I had access to 1000 mint sets of a given year and mintmark, say the 1971D, I would have just as good a chance to find an error as I would going through 1000 circulation released Kennedy halves. The chance in 1000 coins might be 0.01%, but it is better than nil.