Opening day of a major convention! The bourse lay before me, and I was ready to look.
The first coin I spotted was a 1892-O Morgan dollar. Mint State, and a beauty. Most 1892-O Morgans I'd seen were not exactly stunning. Luster was dull and strike was not so hot. This coin was exceptional. Luster was bright and the strike was strong. This was one of the best O-Mint Morgan dollars I'd ever seen, in decades of collecting.
I was a serious Morgan fan, and the dealer knew this. He quoted me a good price. It wasn't cheap, but quality never is. And at the end, I passed on the coin. I would bet that the next Morgan collector who saw this coin snapped it up.
Most collectors have a story of the great coin that got away. That Morgan dollar certainly was one.