I've chosen to present my MS-63 Lafayette in this post as it holds a very special place in my collection. It is the first coin that I spent over $1,000 to acquire and it continues to be one of my absolute favorite coins to take out and inspect. I think it's a great looking 63, with spectacular cartwheel luster and nice, natural, original surfaces -- it simply has a great look (though my scans may not show it)! As long as I have my collection, this coin will always be part of it -- it just might be my favorite coin even though it's the lowest graded one in my set! (I'll share my higher graded coin in a separate post.)
(It came from this post of mine: 1900 Lafayette Dollar
The quote is from a post I wrote back in May 2012. I always meant to return to the subject and post the higher-graded Lafayette that I had purchased, but the intent slipped my mind for a time and then, when I remembered, I found that I had misplaced the coin! Read More: Commems Collection
Fast forward to earlier today when I came across my mislaid Lafayette dollar. I knew as soon as I found it that I would be posting it on CCF before long. After all, I kept folks waiting for nearly eight years (!), how could I knowingly delay any longer?
The coin is fully brilliant, has terrific cartwheel luster on the obverse and reverse and is free from distracting marks. I recall when I bought it that I believed it to be the nicest 64 I had encountered and that I felt it was a good match for many (most?) of the 65s I had seen in the marketplace.
Of course, my scanner does not do the coin justice, I only wish you could hold it and rotate it in your own hands to see its flash "live and in person."
So, without further adieu, here is my 1900 Lafayette dollar in PCGS
MS-64. (Note: The scanner adds a bit of color to the coin that is not seen with the naked eye.)1900 Lafayette Dollar: Obverse1900 Lafayette Dollar: Obverse-Closeup1900 Lafayette Dollar: Reverse1900 Lafayette Dollar: Reverse-Closeup
The classic US commemorative market has changed quite a bit over the last eight years - this coin can be purchased for much less than I paid at the time. That fact hasn't changed the quality of the coin, however, nor the pleasure I derive from having it in my collection!