See the babysitting tip.

Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by calcol, Jul 2, 2016.

  1. calcol

    calcol Supporter! Supporter

    In the late 70's, my wife babysat for a well-to-do couple. Eventually, they decided to move, so after her last babysitting session, they gave her two gold coins as a tip. See the pics. Finally, last year, we sent them to PCGS. $5 graded MS63; $2.5 graded AU55. She was more than pleased and plans to hang on to them. :)

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  3. Kirkuleez

    Kirkuleez 80 proof

    I'm going to get into babysitting. Would a forty year old guy showing up at your door to watch your kids bother anyone?
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  4. calcol

    calcol Supporter! Supporter

    My babies are also 40 year old guys. Maybe you could arm-wrestle them for coins. They're both 6 ft 2 in and fit.:joyful:

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  5. Kirkuleez

    Kirkuleez 80 proof

    Well I'm 6'2", but I really like fried chicken.
  6. Santinidollar

    Santinidollar Supporter! Supporter

    I used to clean golf clubs at a well-to-do place as a teen in the early 70s and thought a couple of bucks was a pretty good deal.:confused:
  7. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank

    nice tip!

    nice folks
  8. micbraun

    micbraun coindiccted Supporter

    Gold coins as tip for the babysitter? I am in the wrong business :-O
  9. Vess1

    Vess1 CT SP VIP

    The value of those to someone is all relative. A "well to do" couple might own 100 of those or many more. What's it matter giving 2 away? Nothing to them. A pretty big deal to a kid. I like to hear about charitable instances like this. Cool you got them graded. Score.

    Somebody that spends alot of time taking care of your kids can be a closer relationship than people without kids realize. That's a pretty valuable person in your life. If I get a bonus at work the first person I think about sharing it with is our babysitter who's very fair.
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  10. micbraun

    micbraun coindiccted Supporter

    I agree. Having 2 kids myself, a third one on the way, our babysitters have a special place in our heart.
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  11. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    Remember in the 1970's those coins were worth maybe $30 - $50. It was still a real good tip but nothing mind blowing. Even less if it was before 1975.
  12. eric6794

    eric6794 Well-Known Member

    You take good care of the people who take good care of your children, that was nice of them to do that. Its cool she kept them after all this time.
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  13. micbraun

    micbraun coindiccted Supporter

    I knew gold wasn't as valuable as today but I had no idea that it was still pretty low like a decade ago. If anybody wants to take a look at historical gold prices, here's a good link:

    Why did my parents spend money on diapers in the 80s when they could have bought gold instead? :)
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  14. bdunnse

    bdunnse Who dat?

  15. Dancing Fire

    Dancing Fire Junior Member

    Still remember buying /selling MS64 Saints for $450-475 ea. in like 2002?..:confused:
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  16. GDJMSP

    GDJMSP Numismatist Moderator

    Hmmm, I don't even know where to start with this :confused:

    I mean there are just so many different levels, so many different aspects or points of view from which I could respond. First of all, babysitting. Well, that is after all what I do. Yeah, I babysit all of YOU ! Every day ! And you range in age from the youngest YN to those who are older than dirt - like Frank. And as everybody knows, ya always have to keep an eye on Frank :rolleyes:

    And not only do I not get tips, I don't even get paid - nada, zilch, nuttin ! :arghh:
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  17. mark_h

    mark_h Somewhere over the rainbow

    Great tip. (For the OP).

    Maybe it is because you never give any "likes". :)
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  18. Conder101

    Conder101 Numismatist

    And I remember looking at them in the coin shops for under $80 and not having the money to buy one.
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  19. Treashunt

    Treashunt The Other Frank


    And just think, I am nearly 3,000 years younger then you are.
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  20. Vroomer2

    Vroomer2 Active Member

    Oh the humanity!! But yes - we've all been there when coins were for sale and no money to buy them.
  21. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    Yup. I was five or six, and it was the late 1960s; where was I gonna get $80?
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