For this whole year, I have been searching eBay for a good deal on a good Classic Head Large Cent, which is the toughest 19th century large cent to obtain. Finally, I found a beautiful 1812 large cent. I only had $15.33 for my own collection, and the bids frightened me: $5.00, $7.00, $9.00, $13.00, and then $26.01. Miss. My other one on my watchlist was an AG 1810 with not-so-bad pitting. $0.99, $2.99, $4.00, $5.50. It was ending tonight, but it was time for bed, and there were still 3 hours. I put a final bid of $7.50, and went to bed. In the morning, I had won it at my max bid of $7.50!
I will add pictures eventually! I forgot to make the pictures a smaller size and can't import them! I have been working on building a type set since the beginning of last year. An experienced collector may not be impressed yet, but there are a few specimens that I am proud of. Some coins are popular beauties and others have quite a story behind them in either history or how I came to acquire them. I also have been working on upgrading coins to NGC or PCGS slabs, and I am up to 13 (I think). Those are as follows: 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent NGC MS-64 BN, interesting diagonal streaks. One of the newest coins for my type set. 1883 No Cents Liberty Nickel, PCGS MS-63, common coin, but a beautiful edition to my collection. The other new coin. 1913 Type 1 Buffalo Nickel, NGC MS-64, beautiful strong strike. The highest price I have paid for any coin in my collection. 1938-D Jefferson Nickel, PCGS MS-64 1943-D Jefferson War Nickel, PCGS MS-65+ FS 1941-S Mercury Dime, NGC MS-66, almost FB 1948-D Silver Roosevelt Dime, PCGS MS-66 FB 1983-S Clad Roosevelt Dime, PCGS PR-69 (Only $1.00, why not?) 1962 Silver Washington Quarter, PCGS PR-69 1963 Franklin Half Dollar, PCGS PR-65 2000-S Sacagawea Dollar, NGC PR-69 (Bargain Bin) 2007-S George Washington Dollar, NGC PR-70 (My only "perfect" coin) 2009-S Native American Dollar, NGC PR-69 (Only two times face value!) That actually does come out to 13. My unslabbed specimens include: Large Cents: 1810 Classic Head AG-3 1833 Coronet Head G-4 1838 Modified Matron Head G-4 1840 Braided Hair, Small Head, F-12 1849 Braided Hair, Large Head, VF-20 Small Cents: 1857 Flying Eagle, VG-8 1859 Laurel Wreath Indian Head, G-4 1862 Copper Nickel Indian Head, G-4 1896 Bronze Indian Head, XF-40 1941 Lincoln Wheat, Uncirculated 1943 Lincoln Wheat Steel, Brilliant Uncirculated 1959 Bronze Memorial Cent, Gem Proof 2002-S Zinc Memorial Cent, Gem Proof Two-Cents thru Halves: 1865 Two-Cent Piece, G-4 1852 Trime, F-12 1881 Nickel Three Cent, VF-20 1843 Half Dime, F-12 (Metal Detected) 1858 Seated Liberty Dime, G-4 1916 Barber Dime, AU-50 (Metal Detected) 1865 Seated Liberty Quarter, F-12 (Key Date, Metal Detected by my 10-year-old brother) 1853 Arrows and Rays Quarter, F-12 1877 Seated Liberty Quarter, with Motto F-12 (Metal Detected) 1917 Standing Liberty Quarter, FR-2 1920 Standing Liberty Quarter, F-15 1926 Standing Liberty Quarter, F-12 1935 Washington Quarter, BU 1984-S Clad Washington Quarter, Proof Silver Clad Bicenntennial Quarter, Proof 1860-O Seated Liberty Half Dollar, FR-2 1908 Barber Half Dollar, VG-8 1944-D Walking Liberty Half Dollar, AU-50 1964-D 90% Kennedy, Unc. 1967 40% Kennedy, VF Bicenntennial Kennedy, Unc. 2005-D Kennedy Half Dollar, Gem BU Dollars: 1883-O Morgan Dollar, BU 1922 Peace Dollar, BU 1974 Ike Dollar, BU Clad Bicenntennial Ike Dollar, Proof 1981-P Susan B. Anthony Dollar, Unc. Slabbed Specimens Include: 1909 V.D.B. Lincoln Cent, PCGS MS-64 BN 1883 No Cents Liberty Nickel, PCGS MS-63 1913 Ty. 1 Buffalo Nickel, NGC MS-64 1938-D Jefferson Nickel, PCGS MS-64 1943-D Jefferson Nickel, PCGS MS-65 FS 1941-S Mercury Dime, NGC MS-66 1948-D Roosevelt Dime, PCGS MS-66 1983-S Roosevelt Dime, PCGS PR-69 DCAM 1962 Washington Quarter, PCGS PR-69 2010-S White Mountain Quarter, PCGS PR-69 DCAM 1962 Franklin Half Dollar, PCGS PR-65 2000-S Sacagawea Dollar, NGC PR-69 DCAM 2009-S Native American Dollar, NGC PR-69 DCAM 2007-S Washington Presidential Dollar, NGC PR-70 DCAM I hope to get more slabbed specimens as well as higher grade specimens, and I will try to get some pictures up!