Jeff Garret:Ten Coins I'd Love to Own.

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  1. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Which one do you like the most? 20210316_184732.jpg 20210316_184748.jpg 20210316_184813.jpg 20210316_184838.jpg 20210316_184911.jpg 20210316_185030.jpg 20210316_185127.jpg 20210316_185157.jpg 20210316_185224.jpg 20210316_185258.jpg
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  4. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    Out of the list the 1861-D and the the 22 half eagle are the most interesting to me, but if I was picking I would take the double eagle pattern as that would set a sale record
  5. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    I like that double eagle.
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  6. okbustchaser

    okbustchaser I may be old but I still appreciate a pretty bust Supporter

    The ancient is nice, but I have absolutely no interest in any of the others. Some people like gold; I don't.
  7. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter


    Mr. Garrett really needs an editor. Or a better one.
  8. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Ok thats fine i don't blame you,not everyone one is the same but imagine if everyone was:nailbiting::nailbiting:.
  9. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Yes very true i saw that to lol,what does that even mean?
  10. GoldFinger1969

    GoldFinger1969 Well-Known Member

    What have the 1861-D's sold for in the recent past ?
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  11. GoldFinger1969

    GoldFinger1969 Well-Known Member

    No excuse for pore tipeographical eras. :mad:

    Use a damn spillcheck !! :D
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  12. baseball21

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  14. GoldFinger1969

    GoldFinger1969 Well-Known Member

    Oh, I thought you meant the 1861 Paquet Liberty DE.
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  15. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    Well that's not D

    That would still be a fraction of the pattern
  16. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    I'd have a pretty different list. Even if I just stick to the US:

    1) Proof 1906 (p) US Philippines Peso.

    With a mintage of just 500, this was the last US peso made with .900 fineness. It's adorned with two stunning pieces of artwork, with the US Territorial shield topped by an eagle and Lady Liberty pounding on a forge in front of the Mt. Mayon volcano.

    2) The 1879-O/Horizontal O (VAM-4) Morgan

    One of the cooler overpunched mintmarks on the VAM top 100 list. How it happened? I'm inclined to blame a wild Mardi Gras almost 150 years ago!

    3) The 1880 Coiled Hair $4 Stella

    This pattern piece was issued to various Congressmen, but I don't believe it was ever officially monetized. Nonetheless, there are stories of a Washington DC madame who proudly wore a necklace made from 5 of the "mint samples".

    4) 1974-D Aluminum Cent

    This is another "pattern" that was unsucessfully presented to Congress to win Representatives over to a major currency switch. Some of those Reps failed to return their examples to the mint, resulting in a bit of controversy. Having seen one of these in person (or a very convincing facscimile that the owner had pulled from pocket change around 1975), I'll say that they can have very pleasant toning that I didn't expect.

    5) 1792 Half Disme

    Whether these were made from a bullion deposit sourced by Thomas Jefferson or from Martha Washington's second rate silverware (or both), these coins have an amazing pedigree & cool ties to the founders of our country.

    6) 1942 *Glass* Trial Strike Cent

    Few of these survive (even in fragments) but they have a really cool place in the history of wartime rationing. They also highlight how the mint eventually chose stainless steel, remanufactured shell casings, and silver manganese nickels to fit the needs of the military.

    7) A Specimen Strike or Proof Trime

    This tiny silver coin has a lot of odd things going for it and, despite being unpopular at the time of issue, these "fish scales" are increasingly loved for their oddness. Where else can you find a Star of David and a Crescent moon on the same coin?

    8) 1848 "CAL" Quarter Eagle

    These are arguably the first commemorative coins issued by the US mint, with gold sourced from the earliest days of the gold rush. A small number of the 1848 issue were stamped with "CAL". And the Coronet Head is a great design in its own right.

    9) 1945-1946 ARAMCO 4 Pounds issued by the US treasury to the Saudi government

    These non-coin coins (referred to as "discs" by the US mint to avoid admiting that they'd made gold products after the 1933 seizure) were used to settle US oil debts at the end of the Second World War. Most were melted down almost immediately, but some survived.

    10) A cleanly chopmarked Trade Dollar with AU details


    Trade dollars were not particularly successful in their intended purpose (to facilitate trade with Japan and China) for a couple of reasons, some of them did circulate as intended. The unique pattern of chop marks each represent merchants who tested their purity or at least were willing to vouch for it. And, they can show a fascinating path of travel between various hands.

    The one shown above came into my collection the day my son was born (the same day I found out I was getting a 5-figure windfall from a project I'd spent 2 years waiting on), so it has a special place in my heart even though I probably overpaid for it.

    What would be on your list?
  17. GoldFinger1969

    GoldFinger1969 Well-Known Member

    That 4-pound gold disc is 64 ounces ? It looks like a penny or nickle in that PCGS holder.

    How can that holder even hold it ?
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  18. baseball21

    baseball21 Well-Known Member

    Pound isnt a weight on that
  19. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    "The large gold disks had a gold fineness and weight equivalent to four British sovereign gold pieces (0.942 oz. AGW) "
  20. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    I am 0 for 10 on that list and will never improve on that record. Some of those coins do nothing for me.

    If you are going to encourage collectors, you list some items that a collector has a chance to own. I like @GeorgeM’s list much more.
  21. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    ^^^I agree but if you got confused I didn't choose these coins he did. All my coins on my list are affordable and will be obtainable for the future,like a couple of circulated trade and seated liberty dollars for around $100-$200 each.
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