Ones that got away

Discussion in 'Coin Chat' started by Garlicus, Nov 29, 2020.

  1. Garlicus

    Garlicus Debt is dumb, cash is king.

    This is for coins that you came this close to getting. For a while, I have thought about doing this thread. It you like the idea of the thread, let’s keep it going with future misses, as well as past misses.

    Part of how I do my learning, is to research the coins that I see in auctions or for sale.

    While this particular coin is not something that I actively collect, I was an active bidder over $100. It was an 1829 Coronet Cent, and I figured it to be a 25-30. Not sure if it is cleaned, though. Why was I bidding over $100? Well, it is the medium letters variety (not mentioned, so cherry pick), as best as I could tell from the pics, and apparently others figured that, as well.

    If I had more experience telling whether this would be ‘details’, or not, and I was into flipping coins, I would have gone higher on my bidding.

    PCGS lists this at $550 (so, $400 in real life, lol). It sold for $159.

    Care to share your experiences?

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  3. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    It is the medium letters you should of bid more in this condition it's a $350-$500 coin
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  4. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    If you look closer its the 1840 small/ large 18 its condition is vf details but in vf its around a $100-$200 coin and I got it for $15 I'm not getting it certified because its just has to much marks for it to get a straight grade still a nice coin for $15 I only won by $1or I would of go outbid 20201129_153150.jpg 20201129_153139.jpg
  5. Garlicus

    Garlicus Debt is dumb, cash is king.

    I usually don’t go over $50, so this would have been a splurge, lol.
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  6. QuintupleSovereign

    QuintupleSovereign Well-Known Member

    I don't have a picture, but I almost nabbed a Japanese Trade Dollar that had been used in jewelry.
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  7. manny9655

    manny9655 Well-Known Member

    How about ones that you regret that you sold? I have a little story about one like that.
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  8. Legomaster1

    Legomaster1 Cointalk Patron

    I was bidding on a British coin set and someone outbid me by less than $1. I forgot about the auction, and it just auto bid until my set amount- so someone swooped in and bid higher. (This was a while back)
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  9. jtlee321

    jtlee321 Well-Known Member

    This one still hurts...

    It's a 1948-S/S that I spotted on eBay a couple years ago. It was unattributed and the bidding was very low on it. I had what I considered a nuclear bid set up in my sniping software. In the last 4 seconds, my bid went through. I was then outbid at the last second. Another bidder had seen it as well. We had the bid go from around $10.00 to over $150.00 in the last second of the auction. Come to find out, the buyer that bought it had is bid go to his max. Had I increased my bid by just another $20.00 or so, I would have won it! I found out who the bidder was later on and exchanged messages with them. That's how I found out what his maximum bid was. Anyway, he sent it to PCGS where it graded out at a 64, at the time it was tied for top pop and the last example to sell was for $4000.00 at that grade.

    Here is an image of that actual coin I missed out on. :sour:

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  10. Garlicus

    Garlicus Debt is dumb, cash is king.

    Sure, let’s hear about it, since it ‘got away’ from you.
  11. atcarroll

    atcarroll Well-Known Member

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    sellers photos. I purchased this coin for $40.00, good deal, right? but, USPS has decided otherwise, it's lost or stolen.
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  12. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Its an ok deal you didn't overpay but its on the high side that has never happened to me package stolen/lost that sucks
  13. Garlicus

    Garlicus Debt is dumb, cash is king.

    Again, not my forte, so I stopped at $20 on this 1785 Vermont. It sold for $90. Not sure how much of the actual coin is left, or what/if it would grade, as the diameter appears to be too small, but for $20, it would have been cool to have.
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    And what I believe could be an 1847, large 47 over small 47, which I forgot about and it sold for under $20. It has issues, so maybe I’m better off. 4DFE26FE-5B82-4CAE-BA67-83C3FA43AED5.jpeg D8112479-31E1-4636-8D62-5E6E95899D0D.jpeg 60DEC08B-AE1A-4445-BB95-5641EDEFE17A.jpeg
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  14. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    Its the newcomb 18 variety possibly pictures are not clear enough to be sure.
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  15. potty dollar 1878

    potty dollar 1878 Well-Known Member

    For under $20 it still would be a good deal even if it were not the overdate.
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  16. Garlicus

    Garlicus Debt is dumb, cash is king.

    Good Deals is where I try to shop :happy:
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  17. manny9655

    manny9655 Well-Known Member

    I had an 1878 nickel 3-cent piece that had been given to me by my grandmother. I have no idea where she got it because she didn't come to this country until 1923. She knew nothing about coins. As you're probably aware, that was a proof-only coin, only 2,350 minted. Mine was a disturbed proof and probably would have graded XF at least, maybe AU. Well, in 1981 I sold it for $900 to buy an engagement ring & wedding band. I ended up breaking the engagement off. Never got the rings back.
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  18. Garlicus

    Garlicus Debt is dumb, cash is king.

    Oh man, sorry to hear that. On the bright side, I suppose, she only took you for the rings.
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  19. manny9655

    manny9655 Well-Known Member

    I found out that she was a compulsive liar and a thief, so it worked out in the end I guess. I've been married (to someone else of course) for 33 years now. If I had married the other woman, I don't think it would have lasted very long.
  20. ddddd

    ddddd Member

    I've had a few that I lost on eBay based on someone being a little luckier and outbidding me by less than $1 (meaning that was their max-these were items were the minimum increment was at least $1 or more).

    Another that I recall was a toned Morgan graded MS 65+ that sold for $660. That seemed high at the time for me (was hesitant to spend that much on one item at the time). Later I saw it sold for over $2k in a new MS 67+ holder. And to top it off, it is now in a top Morgan set graded MS 68. Looks like $660 was quite the deal. :banghead:

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  21. jtlee321

    jtlee321 Well-Known Member

    This is one of those threads where it's to "like" something. But man, that really sucks. I wonder how on earth it went from a fairly recent 65+ to a 67+? I mean, come on, that really opens up the conspiracy theories...
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