Backstory: A few days past, in my post, I mentioned Ed's collection, a complete IHC
album I purchased in the late '70's. Mind in absentia, guided by Ed, I put the finishing touches to it by adding the few missing keys.
@suipakpaikungfu asked me to post up the whole thing on CCF. I hadn't visited Ed's collection in a while. @suipakpaikungfu reawakened my erstwhile plan to explore the five oddities Ed placed in five unlabeled slots at bottom of the last page.
The oddities are dated 1862, 1872, 1879, 1900, and 1908. I'll post one coin at a time in hope that - having lost both beloved Ed and Ed's wisdom to the march of time - I might recover insight from experts on CCF.1862 is appended to this post; 1872, 1879, 1900, and 1908 will follow in separate posts.
Failure on my part to reveal my inexpert assumptions about these coins to the experts would be disingenuous and also sidestep the fun I find in being expertly corrected.
!862: I assume this is PMD
, but that, to me, is like suggesting Michelangelo damaged the ceiling of the Cistine Chapel by spilling paint all over it. Please indulge me with your knowledge - or, perhaps, your assumptions?
Please disregard the glare from the tiny neodyium magnets I used to set up the shot of the coin's edge
Given the option of choosing between a very interesting coin or a rather valuable one, I'd choose the former every time . My vexation lies in the fact that the two so often coincide.