Saves from the junk bucket

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Joe Campbell, Jul 14, 2020.

  1. Joe Campbell

    Joe Campbell Well-Known Member

    88D04948-BE17-415E-875F-5F94F73E59C7.jpeg I’ve been fortunate to find some nice coins in melt bins over the years. Below are two of my favorites. The ‘31-D was the first cherry pick for me from the bucket. Really opened my eyes that what I value and what the LCS values are different. The 1916 is nice as well. These along with an MS-62 1913-D Lincoln are my favorite 3. Paid less than $3 total for the two dimes, or less than 10% over melt.
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  3. cpm9ball

    cpm9ball CANNOT RE-MEMBER

    Nice! Have you ever had a B&M owner snatch a coin from your hand and say, "How did that get in there?" ~ Chris
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  4. Joe Campbell

    Joe Campbell Well-Known Member

    No, that would seriously piss me off. I mean if there’s a quarter in the penny bucket then it fell in there by accident and I’m not trying to get it for penny prices. If there’s a ‘21-P in the Merc bucket then you missed it when you bought the lot in the first place.

    I did have a guy notice I pulled an 1883 w/c V nickel out of the $1 bin, it he shrugged and said they missed it and sold it to me. Probably a $5-6 coin in that condition.

    I also don’t normally bring a lot of attention to my finds in the shops.
  5. medoraman

    medoraman Supporter! Supporter

    I know what you mean. I have had dealers try that to me. One took a coin I found in his "pick bucket" and casually slid it into his pocket when I went to purchase my selections. He looked at me, I looked at him. Maybe 4 seconds passed, just staring at each other in the middle of CICF. I finally asked him, "are you just warming that up for me before I buy it?" He pulled it out and I bought it along with the others I selected.

    A long term customer can have real value. Call theri bluff when they try to pull that stuff. Now, I would not attempt to force them to sell me a $500 coin in a $20 pick bucket, but a $100 one I believe it fair game. I have been known to pull out coins I know are valuable but I simply are not interested in and let the dealer know these were in his pick bucket. Sometimes they put them aside, sometimes they toss them back in. If they toss them in, I buy them. They may not be my interest, but if they are worth 5 times the asking price I am not stupid....
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  6. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    That is pretty cool. Some years back I was buying rolls of cull dollars from different dealers for my silver stacking. I didn't even open the rolls. Just stacked them in my safe. Early on when we all had our Covid lock down, I decided to plunder those old cull dollar rolls and found one of them was full of F-XF dollars that were far from cull. Nice to find a surprise every once in a while in the garbage.
  7. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    Yes, and I just walked away.
  8. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random guy on the internet

    Yup. They lost a repeat customer that day.
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