I can dream, can't I?
Whenever I'm downtown--and I go as often as I can--I enjoy stopping into my favorite coin shop and looking in the windows, browsing, talking about coins. It's a nice place for a longtime collector to dream.
The first time I walked into this store, the first coin I spotted was a 1793 Chain cent. Every time since, I see at least one coin that gets me dreaming.
On my last trip, I saw three lovely Bust dollars, 1798, 1799, 1800. The oldest was a workhorse coin that went out into circulation and did what it was made to do. The coin was graded AG, but showed major detail, no nicks or scratches I could see. It had an even color and was, as they say, nice for the grade. The other two dollars were also worn, not Mint State.
These coins showed a lot of character. Bearing that classic design, these three Bust dollars were a joy to behold. They had everything a true numismatist could want. These three coins could have formed the beginning of a collection of Bust dollars. What a specialty! Yes, there are such collectors.
Checking out these three silver dollars was a good experience, and got me dreaming. Maybe in my next life, I will specialize in early dollars!
Thanks for the story. It is great that you can visit your coin shop often and get inspired.
Pliny The Elder
Great story, nice to hear about the coin shop.
Nice blog. The coin shop has high end items.
Very good blog I liked it. There was an email sent out by coin world that said alot of collector's like those coins. I happen to agree if you like it go for it. A coin doesn't have to be perfect. Coins have personality. Sometimes there are things wrong with them but I might like it and I'll pick it up. Thanks for your time. Mike