Discussion in 'US Coins Forum' started by Lembeck13, Dec 6, 2019.

  1. Lembeck13

    Lembeck13 Member

    A simple question: "If you suddenly found that you had $1,000.00 (+/- $500.00) to buy a single U.S. coin - and I have - which would you choose? Mind you, I'm a diehard, romantic collector and not an Au/Ag-speculator. So, CT community, over to you...
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  3. Zebmonster

    Zebmonster New Member

    1877 Indian Head cent.
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  4. ksparrow

    ksparrow Coin Hoarder

    a nice original draped bust dollar (1799 or later) in G to VG condition.
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  5. ldhair

    ldhair Clean Supporter

    I would buy a Bust Half or quarter.
  6. Lembeck13

    Lembeck13 Member

    It was definitely a contender... thanks for the "Amen!"
  7. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random nobody...

    2019 S Enhanced Proof ASE...

    ... I kid! Seriously, I would probably get myself a really nice bust half or draped bust large cent.
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  8. Lembeck13

    Lembeck13 Member

    Your suggestion absolutely justifies this all-points post and is now on my radar. Thank you!
  9. Lembeck13

    Lembeck13 Member

    I'm a longstanding/outlier Bust-series fan... might you recommend a date/grade for either denomination?
  10. Lembeck13

    Lembeck13 Member

    Mille grazie! Never even considered a draped bust large cent! I shall keep you posted - wish me luck!
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  11. swish513

    swish513 Penny & Cent Collector

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  12. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    An AU holdered (PCGS) Hawaiian commem.....I think I would still come up short on the funding........
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  13. Collecting Nut

    Collecting Nut Borderline Hoarder

    I'd take a look at what I'm collecting and what I need but a Bust Half would definitely be in the mix.
  14. GeorgeM

    GeorgeM Well-Known Member

    I'd either get a 1906 US Philippines Peso in VF or better (good luck finding one that hasn't been cleaned), a high grade 1915 Expo Commemorative Half Dollar (they strangely trade at about the same price as a low grade 1915 commemorative quarter eagle), or an ARAMCO 4 pound US Treasury "disc" (that last one might stretch the $1500 upper limit a bit):

    As someone who sues telemarketers for pin money, I can certainly relate to the question of spending windfalls.

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  16. TypeCoin971793

    TypeCoin971793 Just a random nobody...

    You are very welcome and good luck! Here’s some candy for you:

    This is what $650 got me:

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    This is what $1000 got me (this coin was nearly fully-lustrous):

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  17. Eduard

    Eduard Supporter**

    Another vote for a nice Fugio Cent. One of the most symbolic of all coins minted in the Americas.
  18. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Probably a really nice seated quarter or half in high au with eye appeal. Maybe a no drapery quarter or a really nice a&r. Other possibility would be another trade dollars in 58 or 62-3 depending on year. 74 74-s 76 or 75-s would all fit the bill
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  19. Mainebill

    Mainebill Wild Bill

    Agreed. I have a nice one and sold a. Beauty a couple years ago. Was high on my want list but filled it right away when I started collecting again about 8 years ago
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  20. physics-fan3.14

    physics-fan3.14 You got any more of them.... prooflikes? Supporter

    I'll second the Bust Half suggestion. You have a wide range of prices listed - $500 to $1500.

    For $500, I'd absolutely go for a nice, dark, EF, problem free mid date (late teens, early 20's).

    For $1500, you could go with a nice MS-62 or 63 with eye appeal and original toning from the later dates (late 20's or 30's). Or, you could go with a nice lustrous AU from the earliest dates (early teens, or maybe even earlier).
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