Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Robert Ransom, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    What is the one coin you want, but cannot quite afford to spend the money.
    My choice is an 1883-S MS-64+ Morgan.
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  3. Chris B

    Chris B Supporter! Supporter

    Without a doubt. A chain cent in any grade as long as the date is clear and it is identifiable.
  4. toned_morgan

    toned_morgan Toning Lover

    I would say a nice MS RB large cent with some nice luster and maybe some blue or purple hues to it.
  5. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    Hmmm, there are always dream coins like a $50 octagonal slug for US coins, or a gold octodrachm from Egypt.

    On a more realistic scale, I have wanted a MS 63 or better Fugio cent to go with my Ben Franklin printed or designed notes for quite a while. I COULD afford it, but never have done so. For ancients, a nice gVF-XF Irene gold solidus is also on my list, (probably near the same prices as the Fugio), and haven't pulled that trigger yet either.
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  6. okbustchaser

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

    1796 or 1797 half dollar...I just can't seem to make myself spend more on a single coin then I did on my house.
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  7. Bradley Trotter

    Bradley Trotter Well-Known Member

    This is certainly an interesting question to ponder. If I had to pick one coin, I couldn't quite afford; it would be a problem-free Japanese Trade Dollar like the one below. Most of the Japanese Trade Dollars I've seen have been harshly cleaned and covered in chop marks. Not to mention, the prevalence of counterfeits among Crown-sized Asian coinage makes this a proverbial white whale for my collection.

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  8. CommemHalfScrub

    CommemHalfScrub Active Member

    seems like the solution there is to just buy a bigger house :wacky:
  9. Legomaster1

    Legomaster1 Cointalk Patron

    Queen Anne half crown. A bit expensive for me to acquire (at least right now).
  10. toned_morgan

    toned_morgan Toning Lover

  11. kanga

    kanga 65 Year Collector Supporter

    I need two coins to complete my type set:
    -- a 1796 quarter
    -- a 1796 or 1797 half dollar

    Shouldn't surprise anyone that they are on my wish list which is where they'll probably remain for the rest of my life.
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  12. Santinidollar

    Santinidollar Supporter! Supporter

    1907 high relief $20 St. Gaudens. A blank spot in my NGC registry set that probably will remain that way.
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  13. Mike Davis

    Mike Davis Well-Known Member

    The one coin? 1916-D Mercury, 1909-S VDB, 1955 Double Die Lincoln.. There's just too many that I can't afford.
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  14. Goldsayshi463

    Goldsayshi463 the person who says "hi" all the time

    A coin anywhere in the 1800s in any grade
  15. Malleus Maleficarum

    Malleus Maleficarum Well-Known Member

    This coin. Technically, I could buy it, but it's slightly more than I want to pay for a coin atm. There are 1879 TD's that are quite affordable on eBay, it's just I really like this particular one.

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  16. dwhiz

    dwhiz Collector Supporter

    1907 $20 J-1776/1905 (Proof)
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  17. Oldhoopster

    Oldhoopster Member of the ANA since 1982

    1848 CAL quarter eagle (a lot more than I can afford) or Mass pine tree shilling
  18. masterswimmer

    masterswimmer Well-Known Member

    1909 S VDB in MS 65 or better grade, but it can't be counterfeit or altered ;)
  19. ewomack

    ewomack 魚の下着

    There are coins I could possibly afford, but that I would never shell out the money for.

    For instance, I would love to have a 35.06mm sized Meiji-era 20 Yen dragon gold piece. But is it worth shelling out around 5 million Yen, or around $46,000 for a decent example? Never. I wouldn't even consider spending that much on any single coin no matter how much I liked it. I would be too nervous to own it, I would likely have to hide it away in a vault or a safe and rarely see it. I would also probably be too afraid to show it to anyone. I may not even ever tell anyone that I have it. Owning something so valuable would make me live in fear. That sounds like about as much fun as sitting on a railroad spike.


    It is a gorgeous coin, though, but I think I'll appreciate it at a distance.
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  20. iontyre

    iontyre Active Member

    The idea here is it is JUST outside you current budget, not something WAY outside your budget.

    For me it is a nice ms-63 or better Pan-Pac commemorative half dollar. Probably could afford it, but too many other priorities not related to the collection.
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  21. Evan8

    Evan8 A Little Off Center

    1916 Matte Proof Lincoln. Or any matte proof Lincoln for that matter. Only have two of the nine lol.
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