with wanting them all back as a collector. Not so sure I agree the same when I was a full time coin dealer.
I built a few collections over the years, my favorite one, I built over a dozen years or so, finished off by it's sale to help pay my father's mounting medical bills. It was a really nice Two Cent Piece
collection (complete in all but the 1864 Small Motto Proof), both for Business strike and Proofs, all coins were slabbed NGC/PCGS at 66BN or 66RB, (1867DDO in NGC MS64RB), the complete collection included the Small Motto in MS only, Both styles of Plain and Fancy 1865, Both 1872 Business and proof strikes as well as the proof only open and closed 1873 varieties.
A few other coins I had and either traded or sold I wish I could have back now:
1793 Chain Cent S-1 might go AU today but was easily an EF45 with no issues, it looked very original and had clean, porous free surfaces.
1836 Gobrecht Dollar Pattern J58 Impaired Proof in an ANACS AU53 old small white holder, just hairlines from an old attempt at cleaning, really not too bad as the coin was starting to re-tone. This is the obverse with "C.Gobrecht.f." under Liberty.
1866 W/Rays Shield Nickle NGC MS66 (should've been a 66+ or 67 IMO).
A run of 3 strongly struck 1882, 1883, 1884 New Orleans Mint Morgan dollars
, All of them with the cleanest cheeks and deepest full DMPLs I ever saw, (you would swear they were branch proofs, but ANACS nixed that in person). I traded straight across a Saint Gaudens double eagle for each silver dollar. Other dealers and friends thought I was nuts (at the time, early 1980's, that was probably about $375/coin). I ended up doing okay when I sold them, I actually made some profit. But, if I could have them today? In PCGS
slabs I'd bet 66/67+ DMPL and $60K+ per/coin. They are still some of the finest Morgan dollars
I ever saw in hand (until I got to see the Jack Lee collection up close and personal)
1878-S Morgan VAM
72 It ended up being the discovery piece I traded it to Larry Briggs, who figured out it wasn't the VAM
28 I thought it was. He ended up giving me a bit extra in trade at the next Long Beach show IIRC. Stand Up guy and dealer! Coin was pulled out of a "your pick silver dollar bucket" at a local "We buy Gold" shop in SoCal around 2000 for about $8 or $10, I also pulled two nice 1878-P 8TF VAM
9's from the same shop - XF/AU on all the coins.
I also stupidly turned down a chance to buy a 1878-P 7/8TF VAM44 ANACS MS63DMPL old white small holder, IIRC the price was about $2300.00 and it was right before the TOP 100 VAM
book was released. That coin resold a few times over that year ending up being a $25K+ coin.
So technically that coin just "got away" and I never had any ownership in it.
"Buy the Book Before You Buy the Coin" - Aaron R. Feldman - "And read it" - Me 2013! ANA
Life Member #3288 in good standing since 1982, EAC Member #6202, NBS Member, 2¢ variety collector.
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