Yesterday turned out to be a great day for downtown. Hot and sunny, but bearable. Besides the Farmer's Market and a delicious lunch, served by my favorite waiter, there was a long stop at the coin shop.
Many lovely coins sparkled within the counter. There were copper, silver, and gold coins, and not all Mint State. One worn coin stood out.
A $10 gold piece of 1849, graded VF, was different from many of its brother gold coins at the shop because of its wear. Not excessive, but just enough to let the viewer know that the coin had been around and had changed hands a number of times. This coin was struck at Philadelphia as the Gold Rush was going on.
It's been said many times, "if this coin could talk," and it was true of this coin. Dated many years before the Civil War, at a time when something big was going on out West. This coin had seen a lot of history. Now it deserved a place in a nice collection.
All interesting coins are not in super high grade.