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 Posted 08/24/2012  07:03 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Jmaokoen to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Here is a quick question; What is your rarest coin, and where/how did you get it?

I'll start off, my rarest is the 1899-S Barber quarter, of which only 799,000 were produced. I purchased it in 2008 at a gun show out of a box of silver quarters for $3.
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 Posted 08/24/2012  07:25 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add nod2003 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My rarest is a business strike 1883 Three Cent nickel, mintage 4,000. I bought it from a member here.
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 Posted 08/24/2012  08:29 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add John1 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Define rarest. Mine might be a 1988-D RDV-006.2 LMC I found roll searching.
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 Posted 08/24/2012  08:38 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add dsfreeworld to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
1828 Capped Bust Dime - Mintage 125,000

http://goccf.com/t/102046&whichpage=61

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 Posted 08/24/2012  08:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
By mintage my Warwickshire D&H 312 Conder token with a mintage of 48. Bought it out of a DNW sale last October. (Although arguably I have a few others that potentially had lower mintages.)

By survivorship I have three or four different pieces which are currently unique.
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 Posted 08/24/2012  08:49 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add matthewvincent to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The rarest coin that I have, by way of mintage of 40,000,
is a 1913-S quarter in VG-8. I bought it 21 years ago at a coin show.

You may see it at this link:

http://goccf.com/t/124538
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 Posted 08/24/2012  09:05 am  Show Profile   Check oih82w8's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add oih82w8 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Rarity can be hard to determine due to the survivability of the coin, which many have been lost due to one reason or another; melting, natural disaster, lost at sea, etc...

However, my 1833 Half Cent, mintage of 103,000.
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 Posted 08/24/2012  09:16 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add DavidUK to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
On mintage figures it could be the special edition £2 coins they released (Mary Rose, St Johns Bible and Charle Dickens coins had 20,000 mintage)

I have proof silver sets of some current coinage with small release numbers also but they aren't circulating.

Some of my older coins are rarer than these though even if they minted more at the time I guess less have survived.
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 Posted 08/24/2012  09:31 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add philadelphian to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
As a kid, I was obsessed for a while by the idea of rarity by mintages. That's how I ended up with an Oregon Trail commemorative half, mintage about 80,000, a coin that really does nothing for me esthetically, commemorating a place and time I have no real connection to, or much interest in. All I had was that nice, low number. Of course, the purpose of a commemorative is to be saved, so in terms of survivorship, like Conder101 referred to, I already had coins of higher mintage that were much more "rare." Are you familiar with the Sheldon Rarity Scale?
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 Posted 08/24/2012  09:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add jeffrose to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
1795 Draped Bust Dollar - Mintage 42,738

Purchased in the early sixties for $75

http://goccf.com/t/99941&SearchTerms=1795
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 Posted 08/24/2012  09:45 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Chancellor Sutler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have an 1811/09 capped bust dime that was given to me by a friend who's father found it stuck in a "crevice" behind the old brass cash register of the town's local "confectionary" store when he bought the store in 1949. It's really worn, but they minted just 20,000 on a single set of dies. The reverse is riddled with die cracks. It ain't "purty" but I'm sure it's a scarce coin.

If you want "purty" I also have a high end 1880 Shield nickel. 16 thousand business strikes and 4 thousand proofs. It's my "conundrum" coin. It displays prooflike surfaces, which basically means nothing ... becaue the retired proof dies were used to produce business strikes.

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 Posted 08/24/2012  10:32 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add robbudo to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I have a pattern coin of which about 10 were made.
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 Posted 08/24/2012  10:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add muddler to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

1869 proof seated half, 600 mintage



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 Posted 08/24/2012  10:57 am  Show Profile   Check colonialjohn's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add colonialjohn to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I own about a dozen UNIQUE Kleeberg Contemporary Counterfeit 2 Reales. See the 1998 ANS COAC Conference for this definition and series discussion.
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 Posted 08/24/2012  11:26 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add rachums107 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
1982 No P dime found roll searching.


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 Posted 08/24/2012  11:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add tzarmarko to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My rarest mintage wise is a 20 skilling from the Danish West Indies , dated 1848, restrike of 1858. Mintage 50,000. :D
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