Today, Sunday, I was looking at a for sale post at my favorite buying site VAMWorld. One if the major players there just listed some raw Peace Dollar VAMs. As most of you know I am working hard to complete a Top 50 set of them. One of the coins I need is a 1922 VAM 2A, called Ear Ring for the die break at Liberties ear. This is a higher priced coin, at least for me. This one was very reasonably priced.
So being a person with little to no patience I immediately got all excited and shot off a message to the seller requesting a photo. I even said I would buy it on his recommendation if he could not photograph it. This guy knows his Peace Dollars. He got back to me in a few hours and agreed to email me some photos. When they came they were very well done. But wait. What is the deal here? I see no die break. It has some beautiful major die cracks all around the rim and other places but none in the hair.
I calm down a bit, not really, and check it out better. To my surprise itâ€™s a VAM 2A all right, almost. Only problem itâ€™s a 1922-D not a P. Itâ€™s also a 2A2. Well, talk about feeling stupid. I wanted that coin to be my new Ear Ring so bad I read what I wanted to see. Did I mention it was very well listed as a 22-D? So I swallow what is left of my pride and email him my mistake. I havenâ€™t heard back yet. Probably wonâ€™t. What can he say, â€śThatâ€™s OK, idiot.â€ť I have emailed about a different one he listed. I made very sure it is what I think it is. I wonder if he will give me another chance to give him my money.
So, the lesson here is be careful what you read. Make sure it isnâ€™t what you want it to say. If this same scenario was an auction and I won, I would have to pay up. Not totally bad. It is a cool coin but not a Top 50. Anybody else do anything crazy like me? Thanks for reading this confession. I hope you learn from it. Please check out the photos of what I wanted and what the coin really is. Feel free to laugh and comment.
My Pride or Lack Thereof