Your "Oddly Missing Coin"

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  1. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    Definition: for anyone building any sort of set, there are some pieces you just know up front are going to be a challenge to get.

    But sometimes, there's a "hole" that remains unfilled in your set despite the fact that it JUST SHOULDN'T BE THIS HARD to find one.

    I just now eliminated one of my OMC's. When I got the Walking Liberty half bug, the 1941-47 short set was easy, but not so cheap in a few cases (I have pretty high grade standards). Then there's that "next stage" - the 1930's, that are available for the most part, but not dropping out of the sky exactly. That's the part I'm on.

    When I looked at that part of the set, there WAS one coin that I expected long ago to have nabbed, but somehow I never ran across one I liked enough.

    That WAS the 1936-D Walker. I FINALLY got one I liked, but it took SO long!

    What is YOUR "OMC"?

    I always assumed 1936 was a weird year at mints, with all the excessive commems then.
     
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  3. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    I've got a complete (if very low-end) set of Barber halves in a Dansco -- except for the 1909-S, the highest-grade problem-free coin in the set, which I got into an ANACS XF40 slab when I was figuring out what I wanted.

    I've been looking* for a VG-F example to fill that spot in the Dansco. But to keep with my theme for the set, it's got to be cheap, seriously underpriced for its condition.

    I've seen a hundred examples that were priced appropriately, and of course even more that were overpriced. I've seen dozens of other dates go for bargain prices. But I still haven't landed that cheap 1909-S.

    * Not a solicitation to buy, of course. Wrong forum, and I wouldn't want to make insulting offers to members here anyhow.
     
  4. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    VERY cool example.
     
  5. Sullysullinburg

    Sullysullinburg Well-Known Member

    I did a 20th century type set. For whatever reasons, I couldn’t find a nice example of a 64 Kennedy. Most shops/dealers around me just tossed them in the junk pile, regardless of condition, making it hard to find a nice looking coin without needing to buy rolls and rolls of junk halfs.
     
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  6. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

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    "I feel your pain."
     
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  7. Randy Abercrombie

    Randy Abercrombie Supporter! Supporter

    I had a Franklin half book that I completed back in the 1980's. I had sourced three of them that at the time (quite cheaply too). I was calling a "frosted proof" coin. I believe now they are referred to a cameo coin. That book was stolen from me long ago. I built another high quality set, but it lacks the three cameo Franklin's I once had. I always feel they are missing somehow when I view that book.
     
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  8. Jaelus

    Jaelus Hungarian Collector Supporter

    OMC! Love it.

    My biggest OMC is the only remaining hole in my Second Hungarian Republic (1946-1949) type set: Aluminum 5 Fillér (1948) KM-535. It's a one-year type, but then again this is a pretty short set. There's nothing especially remarkable about the type that would suggest it is as rare as it seems to be. I have never seen an uncirculated example, and over the last few years I only remember seeing one example on eBay, which was perhaps fine and looked like it had been run over by a truck a few times. The type was struck again in 1951 under the Hungarian People's Republic (1949-1989) (I consider it to be a split set of two one-year types since they were coined by different governments), and I've been able to find an MS66 example of that date, but for the 1948 - nothing.

    I also have an OMC in my Kingdom of Hungary (1920-1945) set: Nickel 50 Fillér (1926-1940) KM-509. By all accounts it's a common cheap coin, I just can't find one in MS for the life of me. To put this in perspective, I've been able to find examples of the other coins in the set in the MS64-66 range, and even emergency iron and steel issues in MS63-64, so the lack of a mint state example of this type is extremely conspicuous. There were 44 million of these struck from 1926-1940. There should be some high grade examples out there.
     
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  9. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    Classic example of OMC's. Thanks.
     
  10. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    BTW, my "next" OMC in the same set is a 1935 Philly Walker. PHILLY, for kripes sakes! How hard can this BE???
     
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  11. CoinCorgi

    CoinCorgi Derp, derp, derp!

    I've yet to find in circulation a 2010-D Yosemite National Park ATB quarter. I really don't understand why because I live in California!
     
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  12. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    Time might be running out for finding a really nice one. Did I ever show you how I shot (a picture of a) Kennedy (half) in Dealey Plaza in Dallas? I hafta shrink that one down. It's too big as it is for the forum.
     
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  13. Hoky77

    Hoky77 New Member

    In my humble opinion I accept OMC info as a gift. I always reference them as under rated and tend to watch for them. Here's mine: IMG_2589.JPG It took years to find one I was happy with. I wasn't looking for the toning, that was the reward for waiting.
     
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  14. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    Full disclosure: I’m not that much of a toning fan, but that 1864 is NICE!
     
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  15. TheGame

    TheGame Well-Known Member

    For me it's the Northern Mariana Islands-D quarter. I have all the states and rest of the territories from both mints, but haven't been able to find this last one for the life of me.

    I also remember it taking much longer than it should have for me to find a 1977-D penny when I first started collecting, that's probably an even better example for this thread.
     
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  16. HAB Peace 28 2.0

    HAB Peace 28 2.0 Well-Known Member

    Oddly enough, mine is 1901 S au 58 Morgan. I just refuse to pay what many ask for it. I do not understand why they price it, the way they do? If I find one at a reasonable (book price) someday?I might get one? I'll most likely end up getting a 61 or 62 someday. Yeah, I know that makes a lot of sense.
     
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  17. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    These are ALL perfect responses. Thank you for sharing. You all NAILED the concept. The populations, price guide values, or mintages suggest that what you’re looking for should be out there, but somehow they just evaded you. For my local coin auction lot sheets, I even have a special hi-liter color code for OMC’s. They get RED!

    Here’s more fury fodder on the latest one. Gorgeous Walkers up and down the list... no 1935 Philly. This auction has some GREAT material, but no stinking 35-P Walker? Seriously? A 29-S in AU? Sure.
     
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  18. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    I am going to be writing a feature article, hopefully for Numismatic News, about this OMC concept, pending approval of Dave Harper. I won’t use any user ID’s here, but if it’s okay with you, I’d like to share some of your examples.
     
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  19. -jeffB

    -jeffB Greshams LEO Supporter

    No objection from my end, as long as I'm not outed to the world as "unwilling to pay fair value for the coins he wants"... :oops:
     
  20. V. Kurt Bellman

    V. Kurt Bellman Guardian of The Farce, & Dead-Eye Master

    No hints of even real first names either. Dave and I have been working on ideas to possibly have me write regularly for NN after I retire, to slightly supplement my retirement income. That and local circuit dealing will keep the wolves away from the door. I got into the public sector too late in life to have one of those ridiculous pensions. Just enough to make sure that I don’t end up eating either cat food or the cats themselves. :cat:

    This article may end up as a resume “writing sample” toward that end. The cats do need to mind their manners, though. I do have a recipe that sounds good. I picked it up at LIKE ANY URBAN CHINESE RESTAURANT ANYWHERE!
     
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  21. Bman33

    Bman33 Well-Known Member

    1978 Philly Business Strike Eisenhower. After all the Ikes I have searched from buying at banks, coin shows, and LCS's this is a OMC case.
     
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