@C-B-D set me off on a new collecting adventure- coins with choice original surfaces and eye appeal but without dark patina. I’m always learning and I can say that it was indeed a challenge- it's much easier to determine originality when surfaces are dark, but not every coin was stored in such a way to create that look. For MS coins, finding crusty originality with eye appeal was also much more of a challenge than I expected. (I had inadvertently zeroed in on a look that CAC must really like, because I walked several bourse floors at smaller regional shows for hours and was lucky to find one coin with this look I was after, and it usually had a bean on it. Oh well.) Without further ado- here is the final lineup for this 2019 side project: True to my roots, my favorite coin purchase of 2019 is my avatar coin, and with the conclusion of this year and side project I’m excited to get back to hunting for classic US CircCams.