The first gold coin I ever owned was a 1908 half eagle. It cost all of $25.
A common date in the series, this coin sparkled with warm luster. Every detail was there...the hair lines, eagle feathers. It was that golden yellow color seen on Philadelphia Mint gold coins. And it was heavy! When I picked it up, I was surprised at its weight.
It was a genuine gold coin, face value five dollars, that had been kept and cared for during its long coin life. And now it was my turn to take care of it until the next owner took over.
I'd been collecting for a little over a year, and I was still learning that there were different denominations, designs, conditions. That five-dollar gold piece was a special coin and very special to me.