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07 Oct 2020

My First Fairmont Collection Coin

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So, I've been going pretty hard in the last 18 months adding to my collection of Pre-33 Gold coins.I eventually told my buddy, who owns a nice coin shop up in Sayville, NY, that I needed to slow down and take care of some other things I had going on.

For a few weeks, I showed restraint, looking and not buying. Until one day he sent me a photo of this coin. Instantly I knew it was something I would like to own, but I couldn't justify the purchase. I quickly decided now would be a good time to upgrade one of the lesser coins I had in my collection. So, I put half down on this and sold a 1901 $5 MS63 in the PCGS OGH to a guy I deal with a lot on Instagram to make up the difference.

I must say, I am totally happy with my decision to upgrade. I was able to sell the 1901 for more than I paid. Which was a win-win for me, and part of the game, I think. I have a decent camera and lens with which I have been experimenting with the settings to take good photos of coins. I would appreciate any feedback or tips and tricks from some of the other guys who shoot coins.

Below are some of the stats for this coin and an excerpt from the PCGS website fromDavid Akers.

"The 1908 Liberty Head is the last year of this long lived type and is one of the most common dates of the Half Eagle series. Many choice and gem quality examples are available. No proofs were struck of this type in 1908."

1908 - $5 Liberty
Pedigree: The Fairmont Collection
Mintage: 421,874
PCGS Population: 88
PCGS Population higher: 359



Level 5

Beautiful gold coin. Luster jumps off of it like sunshine in the morning.


Level 6

Beautiful coin and photo! I like that's its in an "Old Green Holder".... ; )


Level 7

Can't beat that coin. Enjoy it


Level 6

That's a beauty. It can be tough to sell a coin even for an upgrade. Looks like you made the right decision. Gary is the guy for photo info. Good luck.

It's Mokie

Level 6

Beautiful coin and a great strategy for upgrading your set. you should be very proud.


Level 5

Great coin. Nice addition to your collection. I own 1 , 5 dollar Liberty that I won at a coin show. Might add another Liberty and start a mini collection.


Level 7

It's a great coin . But the history of it is what were looking for. Thanks for the picture .Enjoy the coin.


Level 5

Love that beautiful coin.... Nice work! Cheers, NM


Level 5

I think it's a beautiful coin. I have always though of the Eagle on the back as a "Turkey Neck" since the style is different. Still an upgrade and a wonderful coin. Well done! Later!

I think the pictures are great! A lovely coin, and I'm glad you ended up purchasing it. It will be hard to upgrade this quality of a coin.

I. R. Bama

Level 5

Sounds like you acted wisely and came out ahead financially and with a coin you wanted too! Good for you; you got a great coin and came out ahead!

You'll never regret paying more for a quality coin.

Long Beard

Level 5

Oh my. Well done. Old gold is the way to go, especially with a pedigree attached.

My first pedigree coin!!! Thanks for the comment...

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