This past week I received a much anticipated bonus in my paycheck, and after taking care of necessities (utility bills, outstanding credit card balances, putting some away in the savings account, etc) I was given the green light by my wife to buy myself "something nice" for my recent birthday (after all, most of the credit card debt belonged to her). I allowed myself a $600 limit and scoured eBay for days, eventually settling on a "watch list" of about 10 items. I originally considered a nice colonial to add to the collection, but so many in that price range had 'details' grading and for that money I wanted a problem-free piece. I then considered classic commemoratives, since I have only 6 issues left to complete the series. Sure enough I soon found it: a MS65 Antietam half dollar (NGC) for $615. Maybe someday I'll complete what's left of the series, but everything left is in the stratosphere (such as the 1928 Hawaiian). But I feel like Sir Edmund Hillary getting closer to the summit of Mt. Everest. My story hopefully shows that sometimes having a considerable amount of cash to spend is sometimes harder than having a measly amount, especially when you want it to reflect the overall quality of your collection. But then again, it was kinda fun....3 months ago
What to buy, oh, what to buy....
Well worn Copper
The Antietam was a wise choice. I bought the same coin in the same grade many years ago.. I went there it was my first major buy at about 250.00 maybe more. The tree on the reverse by Burnside Bridge I stood next to. The coin means allot to me when I think it was the bloodiest single day of the war. I will be remembering those who fought and died there today. Veterans Day. Thanks for bringing back a great memory3 months ago