The Anniversary Purchase

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Revenant

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My wife was having a hard time deciding what to get me for our anniversary (1/15) so I suggested we could go back to that coin shop she was in about a month ago, look around together and see if we saw anything.

As I told her when we were driving there, I wasn’t necessarily committed to getting anything. It would just depend on if anything stuck out at me that was reasonably close to the appropriate price range we set for the occasion but I was going to be looking for something different that would stand out a little in my collection..

Ben was in daycare; Sam was along for the ride – but Sam is a lot easier to contain and manage than Ben. We have this chest-harness kind of thing that lets Shandy essentially wear the baby on her chest or her back so she carried him around like that while I looked at coins. She looked at some of the Jewelry they have there and I think sometimes she watched me.

I spent a while looking around at some things just to see if anything popped out at me and a few things kind of did. There was a 1936 S Buffalo nickel in an old fatty holder with an MS65 on it and there were a couple of 1834 50 cent pieces in VF20 and VF30 that I took a good look at. I was seriously tempted but wasn’t quire sold on them – though I actually thought the VF20 was nicer looking than the VF30 with the 1834’s.

I probably would have gone for either the VF20 or that Buffalo nickel but then I saw some Type 3 Standing Liberty quarters that they had, mostly in the range of XF45 to AU58. Three of them in particular were AU58s for $80 each – a 1925, a 1929 S and a 1930. I asked to look at those three and one of the nicer looking XF45s. The 1930 looked really promising on the obverse but then I didn’t really like the Reverse when I saw it.

When I looked at the 1925 I cracked a smile and really liked it – and my wife could tell I really liked it so she encouraged me to go for it, so I did. It was the clear choice over the 1929 S in my opinion in terms of overall look and detail.

I have a raw Standing liberty quarter that I got about 12 years ago. It isn’t in nearly as nice a shape as this one and the standing liberty quarter is a design I like that I had wanted to get a better example of.

I think it's interesting that these, like the Peace Dollars, use the Latin U's (V's) for the mottos on both sides of the coin.

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Edited on 1/30/2020 to add photos of the old raw coin I had, just for fun.

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What a neat anniversary gift. Better yet, you bought it together. I'm just betting you had a special surprise planned for your wife! 

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7 hours ago, gherrmann44 said:

What a neat anniversary gift. Better yet, you bought it together. I'm just betting you had a special surprise planned for your wife! 

It was nice going with her for sure. Some old men in the coin shop were quite amused by Sam and his babbling.

She got 8 bottles of wine, 2 bags of Lindt chocolate, a practical gift and a fun gift. I gave her the presents 3 days early so she could use it all this week. After the coin shop we grabbed lunch together.

I'd say she's been pleased. :)

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On 1/25/2020 at 7:31 PM, Master Of Coinage said:

Personally, I would love to own a Mint State 1916 Standing Liberty, but I don't think that's gonna happen any time soon. One can only dream. 

Wouldn't we all? That's basically the whole reason they're so dang expensive. lol Well, that and the whole thing with them being relatively rare.

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Nice slider!  It has 'the look'.  It's nice that you purchased it together.  It will certainly have a special place in your collection from now on in.

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52 minutes ago, Master Of Coinage said:

What is the definition of a "slider"?

This site gives a ton of definitions.

https://en.mimi.hu/numismatic/slider.html

Some say it's a coin that could almost pass for a higher grade, so it can be a VF coin that almost looks EF. That's not the definition I'm familiar with.

The definition I'm most familiar with is the one where it's an AU58 with just very slight traces of wear on the high points and the term "slider" comes in that it likely got the wear from sliding across a counter a couple of times the very few times it was ever spent.

 

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I have a slightly different definition. Years ago, a popular way to store a coin collection was in a cabinet with segmented drawers that were lined with felt. Opening and closing the drawers caused the coins within to slide back and forth, causing ever-so-slight wear on whichever side was on the bottom.

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On 2/3/2020 at 8:19 PM, Just Bob said:

I have a slightly different definition. Years ago, a popular way to store a coin collection was in a cabinet with segmented drawers that were lined with felt. Opening and closing the drawers caused the coins within to slide back and forth, causing ever-so-slight wear on whichever side was on the bottom.

Similar to the definition I heard.  I heard it related to Dansco and those type albums with the 2 sheets of rigid plastic (one obverse, one reverse).  And the process of sliding the plastic out to add/replace entries beside an uncirculated coin causes that ever-so-slight wear.

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Revenant. Congratulations on the anniversary! My wife and I will celebrate our twentieth this year. Marriage is a real treasure! 

 

SLQs are such an American classic. It just makes sense to have a nice example in your collection, even just as a stand alone piece.  I do not own one, other than perhaps a dateless bullion example. But reading this has me thinking that I will put them back atleast into my collecting periphery. 

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