I read about the falling prices (and I don't doubt them); however, I'd like to read some very specific personal examples of how this has impacted your collection and how it has impacted the way you purchase coins. If you bought a coin that has lost value you've no reason to be ashamed. By way of example, when I was a teenager I purchased an AU Franklin half at the height of the silver frenzy. The dealer was a bit perplexed - it was the most I ever spent on a coin until dropping the hobby, selling everything, and only recently getting back into collecting. (I think I remember buying the Franklin for about $40) Anways, specific coin examples appreciated and insight on how this has impacted you will be most appreciated.