I would put the money toward a undamaged example.
I do happen to know where there is a real nice mint state example in PCGS
MS66 RB for only $126,000
A nice uncirculated one will run around low to mid 5 figures, an AU in the high 4 figures touching 5 figures, VF's are in the $5K range any thing less is low thousands, if nice straight graded.
Damaged or detail coins can be had in the $200-500 range often enough. But these are still rare, many serious Sheldon set collectors will get a low grade one to fill the hole only to upgrade when a nicer one finally appears in the market. Which isn't all that often.
Here is a CCF thread on one back in 2015, a really nice raw VG8.https://www.coincommunity.com/forum...IC_ID=236257
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Edited by westcoin
05/19/2021 7:26 pm