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 Posted 03/29/2012  9:36 pm Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Message

Pleased to share this upgrade to my MS set with you ...

We all know that the 1892 Columbian Half is the first ever USA commemorative coin ... so with your understanding I'll skip the history lesson, mintage totals, designers, etc.

This new addition to my MS set is stunning in hand ... full cartwheel luster that glows from across the room ... blast white zero toning ... and the best strike I have personally seen on an 1892 Columbian.

After seeing many of these in hand I've settled on two 'strike indicators' that help me to gauge strike quality ... the two 6-pedal stars on the obverse that separate the legends and the ship rigging on the reverse.

This is the only 1892 Columbian I have ever seen where those indicators are fully satisfied ... albeit the main sail on the good ship Santa Maria suffers from some mint bag marks.

The following poor photos give a sense of this coin ... but in no way convey the 'glow' that the full cartwheel luster imparts as I twirl the coin in the light.



IMHO the coin is undergraded in this PCGS MS66/CAC holder:



Anyways ... pleased to add a nice upgrade to my MS set.

What a strange collecting situation I have set for myself ... upgrades to my MS set and downgrades to my circulated set.

All comments are welcome and appreciated.

David

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 Posted 03/29/2012  9:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add commems to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Absolutely wonderful! Doubt it can be improved upon. Congrats on the new addition!

Isn't it great to finally find "the one" and proudly add it to your collection?

Collecting history, one commemorative coin (or medal) at a time!
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 Posted 03/29/2012  10:15 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Darth Anarchus to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I can't imagine what this would look like in-hand... What a strike!
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 Posted 03/30/2012  12:53 am  Show Profile Check muddler's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Stellar commemorative, congratulations.
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 Posted 03/30/2012  07:08 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add OddCoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I've always liked that coin, and other early commemoratives like the Isabella quarter.
It does look like it would glow across the room!

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 Posted 03/30/2012  10:51 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jbuck to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
A worthy upgrade. Very nice!
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 Posted 03/30/2012  2:25 pm  Show Profile Check paleoguy45's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add paleoguy45 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Finest of the first David. I need one like that for my Type Set since that commemorative has significantly significant significance to me. My middle name is "Columbus".... Honest... I didn't have a thing to do with it!
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 Posted 03/30/2012  4:20 pm  Show Profile Check muddler's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Pale o Columbus guy, sounds like you got scurvy crossing the Atlantic back then!
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 Posted 03/30/2012  4:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add D0ubl3Eagle to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Amazing coin!
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 Posted 03/30/2012  4:35 pm  Show Profile Check paleoguy45's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add paleoguy45 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nope.. Not moi... That would have been Toothless Columbus Guy... I still have em all... .
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 Posted 03/30/2012  4:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Buddy to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That's a beauty!

That happens to be one of the very first coins that I bought -- although mine is no where near as nice as yours.

My great-grandfather worked on the buildings for that fair. I never even knew there was a coin for it until I saw one at a coin show! So -- impulse buy!
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 Posted 03/30/2012  11:48 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nickelsearcher to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Many Thanks for all the kind replies.

PCGS has graded 17 examples of the 1892 Columbian half in higher 'technical grade' ... but I doubt many of those coins can match the stunning visual impact that this coin has for me and my personal set aesthetic.

Therein is found a great truth in collecting ... each of us finds our own way and set our own standards for beauty.

I have another stunning upgrade to share ... in some ways even more spectacular than this coin ... but that must wait until later ... home now from a day off of work well spent on a 15.3 mile hike in the lovely Shenandoah National Forest mountains ... I'm a bit beat up at the moment.

David
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 Posted 03/31/2012  07:57 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add southsav to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is a very nicely struck 92. I have also been looking for a 92 to go with the 93, but raw. Your strike indicators are right on. Many higher grades will not have the strike your prize strike has, especially on the reverse rigging.

The seams of the sails are so fine they will wear very quickly, or not be struck well with worn dies.

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 Posted 03/31/2012  08:17 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add sel_69l to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Mine is only an ordinary garden variety EF example, with not much lustre.
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 Posted 03/31/2012  09:18 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add mvojnovic to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Amazing

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 Posted 04/04/2012  12:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add wquinn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
That is one amazing coin!
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