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07 Dec 2019

My top 5 numismatic acquisitions of 2019

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Hello everyone,
2019 has been a great year for many people in the numismatic community; myself included. This is a list of my five most favorite coins that I have taken ownership of in this year. All of these coins are pictured in the thumbnail above. As the holiday season comes in and the 2010's come to a close, it is time to look back and see what we all have acquired over the past few years.

#5. 1730 Spanish S S 2 reales, XF details, holed; $20
This was one of my favorites because as a collector of Spanish reales and especially two reales it was super satisfying to own one with this amount of details. I sniped it off of an eBay auction for the price of around $20. Most of my reales up to this point were not very expensive and usually low-grade/almost slick. This example features a strong and well-centered strike. The fine details of the shield, denticles, Spanish cross, flowers, and lettering are clearly visible making for a beautiful and historically significant coin.


#4 1878-S US Trade Dollar, G Details, holed; $65
Another holed addition to the collection, this is a coin that I have been meaning to get for a while but never saw myself acquiring in the short-term. At $65 I bought this silver dollar that now resides in my type set. It is low condition but I don't mind since it is what it is and frankly I am happy to have a trade dollar to call my own.


#3 1879-S Morgan dollar, PCGS Details, Scratched (DMPL); $60
Ok, ok, I know it's another details coin. A while back I wrote another blog explaining my love for details coins because of their affordability. Now this coin is a recently-slabbed PCGS Morgan dollar. The fields are mirrored very heavily and the devices frostier than a snowman with hypothermia. So what's the problem? Well as it turns out, Mrs. Liberty happens to have a scratch across her cheek. It is not a deep scratch but considering the contrast of devices and fields it unfortunately stands out very easily; enough to warrant a details grade.


#2 1805 Draped bust Quarter, B-4, F Details, Holed; $140
Taking the #2 spot on the list, my 1805 draped bustnd $20. Most of my reales up to this point were not very expensive and usually low-grade/almost slick. This example features a strong and well-centered strike. The fine details of the shield, denticles, Spanish cross, flowers, and lettering are clearly visible making for a beautiful and historically significant coin.

#1 2019-W Silver Eagle, PCGS PR70 DCAM, First day of issue, January FUN; $0.00
This coin is a PCGS-slabbed silver eagle in the highest condition possible on the Richter scale. It is also a first day of issue coin, which means that this may be one of the first 2019 silver eagles minted. I won this coin back in January 2019 from PCGS's Instagram page when the FUN show in Florida was going on. Sadly I was not able to attend as FUN takes place on a school week, but I plan to stop by next year in 2020. Overall this was a stunning win, especially since many people entered and I didn't really expect to win.

And lastly I want to thank the ANA and especially the numismatic community for such a great year. I met many good-hearted hobbyists and I am overall excited for what will come next in 2020!



Comments

Those are some interesting additions!

Mike B

Level 6

I'm looking for a good year. You had one. My jogging or New Years is being in the old and bring in older. Thanks.

Numinerd9

Level 5

BTW - it's the Sheldon scale of grading coins - Richter measured the earth shakers; lol. If you are going to the FUN show, stop by the Coins & Kids booth and say hi. YNs who complete the Treasure Trivia scavenger hunt can earn YN$25, just as you would at an ANA show! (If you collect sample slabs, you'll be very happy you did this activity!) And you'd also earn YN$25 just for attending the show - take advantage of your opportunities, kiddos!

Numinerd9

Level 5

Very cool post and thanks for sharing pics of your church coins (because they're "holey" - sorry; bad dad joke, but couldn't resist!) However, one note of caution - Just because a coin is in a FDOI holder, it does NOT in anyway indicate the order which a coin was minted. Is your coin an actual early or first struck coin? Sure, maybe it is - but maybe it isn't. Is there really a method to determine this by examining it or any other coin out there for that matter? Even if you had a numbered COA? ( and oh what a construct that is - yeah, thanks for fueling a whole new fire of numi-insanity, US Dep't of the Treasury!!) Keep in mind that the Mint does not even track the order of regular coin production, even if a coin is accompanied by an arbitrarily numbered COA; no time to do it and they really don't concern themselves too much regarding the majority of numismatic aspects of making coins. Their job is to create round metal discs stamped with words, numbers, and images that we consider legal tender. That's pretty much where their job starts and ends. A "TRUE" First Strike is the very first planchet placed in between a brand new die pair and struck by those dies. Anyone who's ever minted coins literally, knows full well that the "first strike" is usually a test piece, to check if the striking pressure is right, if the distance/spacing between the dies is right, and that the dies are parallel, et cetera. Almost every first struck coin winds up getting remelted/discarded. I know you didn't mention first strikes here, but to me the FDOI thing can get misinterpreted just as easily. I don't know about anyone else, but I cannot distinguish between the first coin off a new pair of dies and the 10,000th coin - and sorry, but neither can just about anyone else out there; it just can't happen, but that doesn't stop the numi-marketplace from accepting this idea for some reason - maybe someone out there can explain the allure of this concept to me someday. (I collect coins, not "special" labels or holders!) I guess it's just, 'to each their own,' of course - that's what makes this hobby so amazing - we are all allowed to collect whatever and however we want! I just felt it necessary to point this out, as I think many people have been deceived by some of the clever verbiage on some recent TPG holders and this reply is just one collector's opinion. But I guess it's all about how you look at something right? I mean, you could have three blind people standing at different parts of an elephant and ask them to describe what they feel - you'll get three different answers of what an elephant is based on where they're standing in relation to the elephant as to what they're perceiving as their reality. And remember that even the guy who mows the infield at Yankee Stadium can technically call himself a diamond cutter! (and if I had wheels I'd be a wagon, right?!) At the end of every day, it's still a hobby - the best hobby! Please enjoy it the most in the manner that suits you and your interests best! -Sam Gelberd, ANA Numismatic Educator

LNCS

Level 5

Always nice to reflect on the year.

Kepi

Level 6

It has been a great year! Sounds like you have added some nice coins to your collection. Happy collecting in 2020!

coinsbygary

Level 5

All in all, a pretty good year, congratulations, and good hunting in 2020!

"SUN"

Level 5

You have a wide range of additions to your collection. Interesting Blog

Longstrider

Level 6

Great blog. Nice to learn what a fellow collector has acquired. I too have detail coins. My newest addition is a details AU. Thanks..

Just Mokie

Level 5

Sounds like an excellent year for you. I also respect and collect details coins, my favorite is a holed 1803 Dollar in VF Details condition.

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