It's been awhile since I put up a blog so I decided to share my newest finds on one of my favorite coins...Mercury Dimes. I bought these raw at my local coin dealer. I love toned coins so my eyes saw these even before my brain had time to realize they were in my hands, bought and on their way to their new home! ANACS was running a special so I decided what the heck...I sent them in for fun really and waited and waited... Finally they arrived and to my excitement they were BEAUTIFUL!!! Grading at MS67 and MS66 FSB. I was so pleased! Has anyone ever sent in a coin for grading then went through that "stress" of wondering what it will come back as...not knowing if perhaps it's been altered, a fake, low grade or just PERFECT!!!
I know most of us, as ANA members, have had the dream (or some variation of it) before: "I want to be a coin dealer!" Unfortunately, for the vast majority of people which share this dream, you quickly find this sentiment to be far more idealistic than pragmatic. So many of us devote immense amounts of time, energy, and (of course we can't forget) money to our numismatic passion. Why not follow the old adage, that so many people seemingly stand by, of "do what you love, and love what you do"? To say this phrase is one thing - to pursue it in the realm of numismatics is substantially different (sigh)... For the purpose of clarification: I would love being a coin dealer. However, I'm certainly not going to let the pull of starry-eyed optimism lure me into a psychological and financial nightmare! I need to constantly remind myself that time, patience (and a whole lot of knowledge) alone will reveal the possibilities for possibly dealing coins in the future. I certainly have acquired a few! I can't emphasize enough how much I appreciate the numismatic community which being an ANA member has, and will continue to offer me. So, what better place than this sea of knowledge to seek out advice as a (hopefully one day) aspiring coin dealer??