ONE COIN YOU WANT, BUT CAN'T QUITE AFFORD.

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  1. St Gaudens collector

    St Gaudens collector Active Member

    1929 saint w/o a bad case of hatchet-face.:D
     
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  3. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    I keep being outbid on '88-S and '89-S Morgans, so either of these could be at the top. I am not even going to think about mid-nineties Morgans unless I rob a bank.
     
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  4. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Roman Republic:
    AV 60 Asses, 40 Asses, or 20 Asses.
    Druther the 60 Asses.

    The second coin with the Janiform is a Rare 30 Asses, with only 4 known to exist.

    Minted during the 2nd Punic War, 211-207 BCE. Just outside my budget.

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    I do have one coin that I captured just outside my budget (at the time), but worth the stretch:

    Height of the Carthage Empire, prior to the 1st Punic War.
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    Africa, Zeugutana, Carthage
    Anonymous, BCE 310-290
    EL Dekadrachm (Stater)
    18.5mm, 7.27 g
    Obv: Wreathed head of Tanit left, eleven pendants on necklace; pellet before neck
    Rev: Horse standing right; three pellets below exergue line
    Ref: Jenkins & Lewis Group V, 259–79; MAA 12; SNG Copenhagen 136
     
  5. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    If you keep getting outbid, maybe you should try using a sniping service. That way, you can place a bid, but it won't be revealed until there is only a few seconds left in the auction.
     
  6. Robert Ransom

    Robert Ransom Well-Known Member

    I really like this coin. In my opinion, focused engraving and simplicity of design. I understand why you reached beyond your comfort zone to acquire it.
     
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  7. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Thank you. I collect Historically, and not "numismatically".

    And, yes, I really like simplicity. It is from my manufacturing background, where we focused on Fit-Form-Function in developing product. Simplicity was always key.

    The Carthage Empire was the nemesis of Rome for many years. They fought 3 major wars, (Punic Wars), during the period of 264 BCE to 146 BCE. Hated each other. At one point, Rome almost went extinct due to Hannibal destroying Rome's Armies in 3 major battles (Trebia, Trasimene, and Cannae). Rome and Allies lost upwards of 175,000 soldiers, dead on the field within an 18 month period when Hannibal was ravaging Roman Legions. The City of Rome's population was roughly 400,000 at that time. Rome recovered, and eventually destroyed Carthage during the 3rd Punic War (ending in 146 BCE). They literally killed the whole city of Carthage with a population approx 300,000. The 50,000 survivors were sold into slavery. Had Carthage won the Wars, it may had been a much different Western Civilization.
     
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  8. chuckylucky5

    chuckylucky5 Well-Known Member

    Although I could now probably afford, but have been unable to find (It has been on my needed list since day 1) is just one example of:
    Zanzibar
    (British Protectorate)
    (Decimal Coinage)

    KM#8
    1 Cent
    1908 KM#8
    OR
    10 Cents
    1908 KM#9
    OR
    20 Cents
    1908 KM#10
     
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  9. offa the saxon

    offa the saxon Well-Known Member

    Edward III double leopard



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  10. Lawtoad

    Lawtoad Well-Known Member

    1856 Flying Eagle Cent.
     
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  11. Phil's Coins

    Phil's Coins Well-Known Member

    On Tuesday I held a "Chain Cent" in hand and literally got the shakes. A friend had been working on the deal for 4 months and finally secured it and brought it to the shop my friend owns and it is a thing of beauty. HIGH $$$$$ COIN
     
  12. wxcoin

    wxcoin Getting no respect for 65 years Supporter

    A long time ago at a coin show a dealer plopped one down in front of me as I was browsing some of his coins. I said "No thanks, I'm married". Looking back, that was probably about two years before the divorce so all it would have done was speed up the process.
     
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  13. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Not me. 12S V nickel
     
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  14. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    Just looked them up in red book. Yeah. I see what you mean. I think maybe a rick person gave me a 1880 O. Thankful for ever that person was. Sits on my desk. You members are great
     
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  15. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    I do. I even get notifications from the service whenever my snipe is surpassed yet there's time to raise my snipe. I finally won a snipe on an '89-S Morgan the other day after I adjusted my snipe upwards by a good deal. There's not much evidence of futzing in the seller's pics, so, in a few weeks when the USPS gets around to it,I think I'll be happy with this one.

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  16. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    It's not a good idea to increase your snipe bid when you are notified of a higher bid. Sometimes, you end up paying too much. It's best to just set it and forget it.
    However, if you are intentionally underbidding with the hope of "stealing" an item, you would be better off placing a more realistic snipe. You don't have to overbid, but you're better off if the other bidders were "chasing" you instead of the other way around.

    After five years of using a sniping service, I won about 85% of the items (mostly Morgans), but I never overbid. ~ Chris
     
  17. LA_Geezer

    LA_Geezer Well-Known Member

    Your overbid and my overbid are probably two issues foreign to each other. I was more at home bidding on rare vinyl LPs than I am with these coins. There are far more coin collecting wannabes who'll be happy to pay $100 for a $40 coin. On this one I raised my snipe to $5 BELOW what a Buy It Now that looked about the same as this one to me. The difference between them was a major diff in postage costs, where the BIN guy wants 3X the shipping cost of the auction one.

    Speaking of ebay sellers and their shipping, I am finding that the USPS is holding onto a parcel for up to six days before it leaves some of their facilities. To wit: a Morgan I purchased on 7/14 and shipped 7/15 from SoCal arrived at my local Baton Rouge distribution center yesterday afternoon—8/10; it's out for delivery today.
     
  18. wxcoin

    wxcoin Getting no respect for 65 years Supporter

    I don't snipe when bidding. I'll place a bid that is my limit so it wouldn't matter either way.
     
  19. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Hmmm? I wonder if it would do any good if you asked the person mailing the package to mark it, "DATE SENSITIVE LAB TEST" ? ;):eek::oops::rolleyes:
     
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  20. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    The 1802 half dime, which would complete my collection, which include the Red Book varieties.
     
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  21. johnmilton

    johnmilton Well-Known Member

    Believe it or not when I was a dealer, I cherry picked an 1864 Small Motto Two Cent from another dealer. In my view a dealer should know their business, and this one sure didn't. How can you miss a Red Book variety when you are in the business? The coin had a strong "WE" and was a no questions asked Choice VF. Today it would be called an EF.

    The coin is not as rare as you might think.

    The 1936 "dull cent" is not a Matte Proof. The official title is "satin finish." Here is an example of the coin.

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