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I Coulda, I Shoulda, But I Didn't !

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 Posted 06/29/2020  10:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Wideglide to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Thinking back, I would have been happy keeping "ALL" that silver I had in my pockets after collection day from my paper-route


I also had a paper route in the early '70s, when there was still a lot of silver in circulation. I had two ½ gallon whiskey bottles filled with silver dimes, many of them Mercury's. Being the stupid kid that I was, sold them off in the mid '70's at 2 to 1, without even the foresight to get a Red Book and go through them for the better dates and grades.
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 Posted 06/29/2020  10:53 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In 66 when I first got interested in coins, Uncirculated Conder tokens were 50 cents to a dollar each. I didn't buy any because I didn't really know about them.

In 72 when I actively started collecting Conder tokens in Unc were $2, Mint red $3, but the reference book was virtually unobtainable and over $200 if you could find one. So I didn't buy them.

In 1992 when I started collecting the Conder tokens reprints had brought the book down to about $100, and the MS Conder tokens were now $20. I did start buying was only interested in one per county so I didn't get too many of them.

In 1997 I branched out into the ones actually issued by merchants for circulation. MS pieces were running $40.

Today there have been four more rounds of reprints of the book (which are STILL hard to get), a collectors society has formed, and low MS pieces, for common ones, are around $200.
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 Posted 06/30/2020  03:03 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Princetane to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In 1999 and 2000 I bought the New Zealand Uncirculated coin sets for $35 each. I stupidly sold them in 2003 for $40 each (They were the only part of my coin collection that was not stolen in 2001).

Now the 1999 is scrace at $90 and the 2000 set is the rarest of the modern era at $250!
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 Posted 06/30/2020  03:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add westernsky to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Too many to count but here's a couple...

——- In the early 70's I passed on many $20 Saints at 70$ each.

——- Sets of large bills ($1, $5, $10 & $20) in Unc for less than 50$ in the 1960's.

——- BU "O" mint dollars (Mostly 98, 99, 00, 01, 02 and 04) in the early 60's for less than 2$ each.

(We also need a thread on the good buys we did make! )



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 Posted 06/30/2020  2:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Cdncoins to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
My 90+ year old neighbour has a ton of these stories from when he worked at a bank for 40 years.

Besides not buying more bullion when the prices were lower, I had an opportunity in grade school to buy a penny struck on a dime blank for $1 from a classmate. I passed.
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 Posted 06/30/2020  7:24 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add MrPink2018 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i shoulda stuck with buying gold buffalos... coulda... shoulda... but didn't....
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 Posted 06/30/2020  7:35 pm  Show Profile   Check silverwolf's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add silverwolf to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
i can remember being able to buy 1 ounce gold bars for 280$, and me thinking no thanks... that's too much, the price is going to come back down,...wow!! big miss.. But in my defense had I bought it at 280$ I probably would have unloaded way before today's high's...
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 Posted 06/30/2020  7:55 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
In the late 1990s, in a big swap, I ended up with a 1920-S $10 Indian in a PCGS 55 holder, which I valued then at $9K. Sold it a few years later at $11.5K, thought I had done pretty well.

Well D'oh.
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 Posted 07/01/2020  03:39 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Conder101 to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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——- In the early 70's I passed on many $20 Saints at $70 each

I remember those days. But I didn't have the $70.
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 Posted Today 3H 43M ago  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Big-Kingdom to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I'd say my white whale is the 1995W silver eagle. I wished I'd had the money to have bought the anniversay gold coin set in 1995 to get that silver eagle but couldn't afford it. Even the gold coins would have netted a nice profit lol.

Then there's the 2000 cheerios sac dollar. I wish I would have tried a heck of a lot harder to get one from a box of cereal but I didn't.


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Then there's the 2000 cheerios sac dollar. I wish I would have tried a heck of a lot harder to get one from a box of cereal but I didn't.

What! Not a fan of Cheerios ?
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