My interest in coins dates back over fifty years. I can remember getting Mercury dimes, Buffalo nickels, Standing Liberty quarters, in change. I can also recall many lovely coins for sale that seem like such bargains now.
A downtown department store had a coin department back in 1966. I saw many junk boxes, containing worn Indian cents and Liberty nickels. There was a box with "misc stuff." A box of 1883 "no cents" Liberty nickels. And then there was the gold coin.
The 1796 quarter eagle without stars on obverse is one of those classic rarities that average collectors dream about. There was one, in a display case. It showed little wear. It was gold, and so old. I didn't realize yet that 1796 was a great year for rare coins.
That special coin was for sale, for a price tag of $6000. Quite a bit of money for 1966, but check out recent prices. What a coin that would have been, to buy and put away for decades.
Yes, if I had a time machine, I'd go back and purchase that coin. I'd work extra, overtime, knowing what I know now!