WINNG THE GOLD!
Most collectors remember when they get that special coin. This is a story of a couple of such events.
As I mentioned in my last blog, my collection is mostly pennies, nickels, and dimes. ( Yes, I know they are cents and five-cent pieces, but I still call them pennies and nickels.)
About 25 years ago, I received my first gold coin, a 1897 five-dollar gold piece. When I lived in Omaha, NE, there were about a half dozen coin clubs within an hour driving distance from my home. These clubs would sponsor annual coin shows. Some clubs would hold raffles to support the club. Prizes would include silver dollars, commemorative coins, proof sets, and for the grand prize, a gold coin.
The Fremont (NE) Coin Club annual show usually had ten prizes in the raffle. Second, place wan a $2 1/2 gold piece and a $5 gold piece for grand prize. I was the lucky person to win the grand prize, the $5 gold piece.
About a month later, I attended the Lincoln (NE) Coin Club annual show. The club raffle had three prizes with a $20 gold piece as the grand prize. You guess it. I walked away with the grand prize, a 1904 $20 gold piece.